Praries & Lakes
Lake Bryan
Lake Bryan Information:
This 828 surface acre lake was impounded in 1974 and has a maximum depth of 45 feet. The lake is used for recreational purposes and used as a cooling reservoir for the Bryan Texas Utilities’ power plant. Amenities include a boat ramp, courtesy docks, picnic tables, several BBQ grills, a reservable picnic pavilion, volleyball courts, mountain biking and hiking trails, a stage, and the Lakeside Icehouse restaurant. The picnic pavilion features six picnic tables, a fire pit, restrooms, automatic evening lights, and electricity and water. Tent and RV campsites feature water and electricity, or only electric with nearby water. Camping amenities include picnic tables and fire rings. Camping reservations are only available for RV sites with electric and water hookups. Trails include the 10.7 mile East Loop Trail and the 9.31 West Loop Trail. Lake activities include fishing, swimming, jet skiing, water skiing, wind surfing, picnicking and volleyball. The lake is home to the Texas A & M University Rowing Club, the Sailing Team, and the Sailing Club. A vehicle admission fee applies. The night use fee includes the camping pass. The park is open year-round. The restaurant hours are seasonal. A park facilities map is available online. The lake, park and restaurant are managed by the Bryan Texas Utilities Department. Park Booth: (979) 822-6981. Restaurant: (979) 361-0861. Operator: (979) 361-0861, Ext. 101. The lake and park are located five miles west of Bryan at 8200 Sandy Point Road.  Email
Lake Bryan Location Map
Lake Bryan Trails Map 
Lake Bryan Trails Status
Lakeside Ice House Restaurant:
Menu items include hamburgers, catfish tacos, chicken sandwiches, tenders and wraps, and other items. They offer indoor dining, or outdoor dining on their 5,000 square foot deck overlooking Lake Bryan, washer pits, and live music most Friday-Saturdays. Hours vary seasonally and daily; click on the above link for more information. They are now open for dining and live music on Fridays, Saturdays, and game Sundays during the winter season (Oct-Feb). Restaurant: (979) 361-0861, Ext 103. 8200 Sandy Point Road.  Reviews  @LSIHLakeBryan
Texas Wildflowers:
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the Texas Highways Magazine.
Birding - Texas Prairies and Pineywoods west Birding Wildlife Trail:
Washington on the Brazos Loop:Navasota, Washington on the Brazos, Hempstead, Chappell Hill, Somerville, Brenham, Round Top, Giddings, La Grange, Burton
Texas Birds Checklist
Oaks & Prairies & Osage Plains Bird Checklist
Lake Somerville State Park Bird Checklist
FishingLake Bryan:
Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, channel catfish and sunfish. Special fishing regulations are in place. Lake maps are not available.
Current Lake Bryan Survey Report 
Lake Bryan Fish Body Records 
Lake Bryan Fish Stocking History
Certified Scales:
TPWD-Inland Fisheries: (979) 272-1430. Snook, Texas 77878.  Email
ShareLunker Program, Largemouth Bass:
The ShareLunker program began in 1986 as a way to improve Texas’ largemouth bass population by selectively breeding trophy fish. It is limited to largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more. Fish must be weighted on certified or legal for trade scales. Possession of the live fish must be transferred to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department representative within 12 hours after capture. Since the program’s inception, more than 400 largemouth bass have been donated from 55 public reservoirs and more than a dozen private lakes. As the program grew it became apparent that a new fish hatchery that was specifically tailored to the program was needed. Specifications called for the facility to be built within 50 miles of Lake Fork, because the majority of big fish are caught there. In 1998 the Edwin L. Cox, Jr., Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas was completed. Call (903) 681-0550. 24 hour pager: 1-888-784-0600.  Official Weigh and Holding Stations