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Playa Lakes Wildlife Management Area
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Playa Lakes Wildlife Management Area Information:
The Playa Lakes WMA consist of three units. The Armstrong and Dimmit Units are located near Dimmitt, Texas. The Taylor Lakes Unit is located near Clarendon, Texas. The units were established to preserve wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds, and to preserve habitat for other wildlife species. Activities include hiking, birding and other wildlife viewing. Hunting is permitted on two of the units. The only amenities are roads and a wildlife viewing blind. All visitors must register.
 
Playa Lakes Wildlife Management Area, Taylor Lakes Unit, 525 Acres, Clarendon, TX:
This WMA was part of a family farm purchased by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1993 to preserve and provide the playa lakes a wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds, including egrets, ducks, geese and herons. Habitat consists of 214 acres of restored grasslands, 231 acres of pasture land, and 85 acres of wetlands. The low water levels provide good plant growth for waterfowl and upland birds. The area is open for mourning dove and early teal season hunting, archery hunting for feral hog, youth waterfowl hunts, and archery hunting for deer by special permit. Hunters must register onsite. The WMA is open for hiking and wildlife viewing year round, except during Special Permit hunts. The wildlife viewing blind is ADA compliant. Camping, baiting wildlife, and fishing are prohibited. There are no restrooms or potable water. Vehicle access is through the turnstile on the southern edge of the parking lot, and at the viewing blind west of the check-in station. The WMA is located near Clarendon in Donley County in the Texas Panhandle Plains Region. From Clarendon, take U.S. 287 southeast for approximately 7 miles; the park is located on the south side of the highway. (806) 492-3405.
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Playa Lakes WMA Armstrong Unit, 160 Acres, Dimmitt, TX:
Habitat consists of a playa lake surrounded by grassland and reseeded farmland. Birds include wintering geese and sandhill crane. The WMA is one of the few places that has habitat for pheasant. Wildlife viewing from the surrounding roads is the only allowed activity. There are no restrooms or potable water. The WMA is open year round except during special permit hunts. Visitors must register. The unit is located near Dimmitt, Texas in Clay County in the Texas Panhandle Plains Region. From Dimmitt, take SH 86 west to FM 1524. Drive 2 miles south on FM 1524 and then drive 1 mile west on CR 518, a caliche road. The unit is viewable to the east and south. (806) 492-3405.
 
Playa Lakes WMA Dimmitt Unit, 422 Acres, Dimmitt, TX:
This WMA Unit was purchased in 1990 for the purpose of developing an area where soil, water, and wildlife conservation practices could be implemented. Habitat consists of 345 acres of farmland planted with a native grass mixture, and a 77 acre playa lake basin. The area also contains one shelterbelt. There is no public road for visitors to access this unit. Limited access is available; contact the district manager for more information. The unit is located near Dimmitt, Texas in Clay County in the Texas Panhandle Plains Region. (806) 492-3405.
 
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Hunting Playa Lakes Taylor Lakes Unit:
The Taylor Lakes Unit is open for mourning dove and early teal season hunting, archery hunting for feral hog, youth waterfowl hunts, and archery hunting for deer by special permit. Hunters must register onsite. Hunting is also permitted on the Armstrong and Dimmitt units of the WMA. Contact the WMA for information at (806) 492-3405.
 
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