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Williamson
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Granger Wildlife Management Area
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Granger Wildlife Management Area Information:
The 10,888 acre Wildlife Management Area lands were leased to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for management. Amenities include a one lane primitive boat launch suitable for canoes and Jon boats only. Parking and equestrian trails are available. The San Gabriel River and Willis Creek offer fishing for white bass and crappie in the spring. The river beds also offer good flathead and channel catfish. Anglers can find bank access to the San Gabriel River above Granger Lake off County Road 348. For primitive camping reservations call (512) 859-2668. Camping is also available in the nearby U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ parks on Granger Lake. These parks include Friendship Park, Taylor Park, Willis Creek Park, and Wilson H. Fox Park. Willis Creek Park is the closest park to the WMA. Lodging is also available in the cities of Granger and Taylor, Texas. The WMA is open year round, except when closed for Special Permit hunts. The Sore Finger Unit is always open. No fees apply. The WMA is located on the San Gabriel River where the river empties into Granger Lake on the south shore of the lake.
 
San Gabriel River:
The 120 mile San Gabriel River has four forks. The 42 mile long North Fork rises 12 miles north of Burnet, Texas and flows generally southeasterly through Burnet and Williamson Counties to join the South Fork in Georgetown, Texas. Recreational usage is restricted to periods of abundant rainfall because the river usually does not have a steady flow. The Russell Fork rises 6 miles north of Burnet and flows into the North Fork. The Middle Fork rises 5 miles east of Liberty Hill in Williamson County and flows eastward to its mouth on the North Fork, one mile west of IH-35 near the western city limit of Georgetown. The 34 mile long South Fork rises 4 miles east of Burnet. It flows generally eastward through Williamson County to join the North Fork to form the San Gabriel River proper within the city limits of Georgetown. Like the North Fork, recreation usage on the South Fork is restricted to periods of abundant rainfall. Granger Lake and Lake Georgetown are the two Reservoirs located on the San Gabriel River. The 37.5 miles section of the San Gabriel River between Georgetown and Laneport is contained entirely within the boundaries of Williamson County. The width of the river varies from 20 to 40 feet with the water level being rather shallow, especially during dry summer months. However, a minimum flow for recreational use almost always is available and is ideal for inexperienced recreationists; a good entry point for this section of the river is San Gabriel Park at 445 East Morrow. The 37 mile section of the river between Laneport and U.S. 77 flows through portions of Williamson and Milam Counties. Along this section, the river flows fairly deep within its flood plain and the view usually is restricted to the riverbed and steep banks; this portion of the river is feasible for recreational use most of the time. A good entry point for use of this section of the San Gabriel River is the county road crossing off FM 1331 in the town of Laneport. The San Gabriel River joins the Little River in Milam County. Click on the above link for river crossings information.
North San Gabriel River Fish Stocking History  
South San Gabriel River Fish Stocking History    
 
Willis Creek:
The creek rises in north central Williamson County, two miles southwest of Jarrell, Texas. The creek flows 22.5 miles to its mouth on Granger Lake, 1 mile south of Granger, Texas. Prior to the impoundment of Granger Lake, the creek’s mouth was located five miles east on the San Gabriel River. The creek banks are heavily wooded in places.
 
Granger Lake Information: 
Granger Lake and Lake Georgetown are the two reservoirs located on the San Gabriel River. Granger Lake was impounded in 1980 with the completion of the Laneport Dam (Granger Lake Dam). The 4,400 surface acre lake has a maximum depth of 50 feet. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating and fishing. Volunteer positions are available. The lake is located off FM 771 and FM 1331, 10 miles northeast of Taylor, and 7 miles east of Granger, Texas.  
Lake Location Map 
Current Lake Level 
Granger Lake Facilities Map 
 
Directions:  
The WMA is located 7 miles east of Granger and 9 miles northeast of Taylor, Texas. Take SH 95 north to CR 347. Go right on CR 347 and drive approximately one mile to the WMA entrance.