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Somerville Wildlife Management Area
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Somerville Wildlife Management Area Information:
The 3,180 acre Wildlife Management Area is part of the Lake Somerville State Park complex. The WMA land includes the Yegua Creek Compartment in southwest Burleson County, and the Nails Creek Compartment in northeast Lee County. The Yegua Creek WMA Compartment features a nature trail, former oil field roads, and hunter access trails. There are no restroom facilities. Bring your own potable water. Hunting, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing (songbirds and migrant waterfowl) are favorite activities. The Somerville WMA is open year round, except when closed for Special Permit Hunts. The WMA is located forty miles southwest of Bryan, and twenty miles north of Giddings, Texas. To reach the Nails Creek Unit, take U.S. 290 from Giddings six miles to FM 180. Go left on FM 180 and drive to the park headquarters and the information and registration station. To reach the Yegua Creek Unit, take FM 141 east from Giddings to CR 340. Turn right on CR 430; drive two miles to the check in station on your right. A second check-in station is located on the other side of Yegua Creek in Burleson County.
 
Yegua Creek:
In 1690 Spanish explorers named the creek “San Francisco.” In 1822, Stephen F. Austin marked it on a map as Yegua Creek, Spanish for mare. During this time period, Mustang mares and foals grazed along the creek. The 62 mile long Yegua Creek rises in Lee County at the junction of East and Middle Yegua Creeks. It flows east forming a portion of the Burleson County line for almost 30 miles to its junction with the Brazos River in southeastern Washington County. Yegua Creek or one of its tributaries (Middle, East, and West Yegua Creeks) is dammed to form several lakes including Somerville, Wilkins, Ward, Baker, Edwards, Gerland, Draeger, Field, Mueller, C and H, Lamb, Newman, Robbins, and Butler Lakes. 
 
Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway Information:
The park consists of the Lake Somerville Trailway, the 2,365 acre Birch Creek Unit (near Somerville), the 3,155 acre Nails Creek Unit (near Ledbetter), and the Somerville Wildlife Management Area (WMA) which consists of 3,180 acres in the Yegua Creek Compartment in southwest Burleson County and the Nails Creek Compartment in northeast Lee County. The Nails Creek and Birch Creek Units are connected by the Lake Somerville Trailway, a 13 mile trail system. The 350 surface acre Flag Pond was impounded on Yegua Creek and is located on the Somerville Trailway. The Lake Somerville dam was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1962 and 1967. The dam is located on Yegua Creek, 20 miles upstream from its mouth on the Brazos River. The reservoir covers 11,630 surface acres and has 85 miles of shoreline. The state park land was leased from the Federal Government in 1969 and opened to the public in 1970. TPWD manage the state park and the WMA. Whitewater rafting is available on the Brazos River. Nails Creek, Birch Creek and Yegua Creek run through or border the park. For more information, watch the Park Video.  Park entrance and camping fees apply.
 
Lake Somerville Information:
The Lake Somerville dam is located on Yegua Creek, 20 miles upstream from the creek’s mouth on the Brazos River, and approximately 2 miles south of the town of Somerville. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction of the dam in June 1962. Impoundment began in January 1967. The Brazos River Authority operates the lake for flood control purposes, municipal water supply, recreational uses and other needs. The reservoir covers 11,630 surface acres, has 85 miles of shoreline, and has a maximum depth of 38 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns and manages Rocky Creek and Yegua Creek Parks on Lake Somerville. The remaining parklands are leased out to private and government entities. The Big Creek Park and Marina is privately managed. Welch Park is leased and managed by the City of Somerville. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department leased the land for the Lake Somerville State Park complex from the federal government in 1969. The state park includes the Nails Creek and Birch Creek Units, the Lake Somerville Trailway, and the Somerville Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The town of Somerville is the closest lake town. Other nearby towns include Burton and Brenham, Texas.  
Lake Location Map 
Current Lake Level 
Lake Somerville Facilities Map 
 
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. The Lake Somerville State Park Trailway has one of the best spring wildflower displays in the Texas State Park System.
 
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
 
Hunting Lake Somerville Wildlife Management Area:
Public hunting is permitted for white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, mourning dove, squirrel, rabbits, hares and furbearers. Hunting for white-tailed deer and hogs is by archery hunting only. Deer hunting by gun is available by special permit only. Hunting is also available on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands, and at Lake Somerville State Park. The Corps of Engineers offers special hunts for those confined to wheelchairs.  Hunting Maps
 
Hunting Lake SomervilleState Park:
Hunting is available on the  Birch Creek Unit, the Nails Creek Unit, and on Flag Pond (waterfowl) on the Lake Somerville Trailway, approximately 4 miles from the Nails Creek State Park Unit, and 9 miles from the Birch Creek State Park Unit. The hunter check station is located at the Nails Creek Unit of the state park at the very end of FM 180. Camping is available in the state park’s Nails Creek and Birch Creek Units. Hunting is also available on the Somerville Wildlife Management Area, and on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake lands. Hunting is managed by TPWD. (979) 289-2392.   All Hunting Maps   Hunting Events
 
Hunting Lake Somerville U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lands:
The Army Corps offers daytime waterfowl hunting in a specific area. Hunters must hunt from the shoreline. Temporary blinds are permitted. A second hunting opportunity is available in the public waterfowl hunting area. This public area permits hunting from semi-permanent stands constructed by the hunter; the hunter may hunt from the stand for the entire waterfowl hunting season. The hunting stand areas are assigned annually through a random duck blind drawing. Check the maps each year as they sometimes change. Feral Hog hunting is allowed by special permit drawing. Deer hunting is prohibited except during the annual December Challenged Hunter Deer Hunt. This hunt is for those confined to wheelchairs. Approximately 28 hunters are selected by a drawing; each hunter will be assigned a portable radio. An experienced guide will be assigned to each hunter to provide transportation and assistance; the guides must be with the hunters at all times. This hunting is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. (979) 596-1622.
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Duck Blind Hunting Map
Public Duck Hunting Map 
Waterfowl Hunting Overview Map  
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
                      
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
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Directions, Yegua Creek Compartmentof Lake Somerville State Park: 
From Giddings, take FM 141 East to CR 430. Go right on FM 141and drive to CR 430. Go right on CR 430. The check-in station will be located two miles on the right. A second check-in station is located in Burleson County. From Caldwell, take SH 21 South ten miles to FM 60. Take FM 60 to FM 111 in Deanville. Go west on G< 111 and drive to CR 133. Go right on CR 133 and continue south to CR 134. Go right on CR 134 and drive 0.5 miles to the information and registration station on the left.
 
Directions, Nails Creek Compartment, Lake Somerville State Park:
From Giddings, take U.S. 290 East for 6 miles to FM 180. Go left on FM 180 and drive to the park entrance.