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Brazos Bend Texas State Park
Brazos Bend State Park Information:  
This 5,000 acre park is located on a portion of the original land grant given to Stephen F. Austin’s original colony (the Old 300) by the Mexican government in 1827. The land was purchased in 1975-1976 and opened as a state park in 1984. The park is located on 3.2 miles of Brazos River frontage. Big Creek winds through the park. The creek is shaded by sycamore, cottonwood, and black willow trees. There are eight lakes, including Elm, Hale, 40 Acre Lake, Creekfield Lake, Old Horseshoe, and New Horseshoe Lakes. The park is No. 017 on the Brazoria Birding Loop of the Great Texas Central Coastal Birding Trail. More than 300 species of birds have been sighted. The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences’ George Observatory is located on the park grounds. The park offers gun hunting of white-tailed deer and feral hogs from assigned blinds. Other park activities include camping, picnicking, swimming, mountain and surfaced biking, hiking, horseback riding (bring your own horses), fishing and wildlife viewing. This is one of TPWD’s most popular State Parks. Park entrance and camping fees apply.For more park information, read the Park Brochure, and watch the Park Video. From SH 288 go west on FM 1462 and then turn north on FM 762. The route is marked with brown State Park signs. The park is located just east of Needville, Texas. The park is located at 21901 FM 762, Needville, Texas 77461.  Brazos Bend State Park Facilities Map
Brazos River:  
The Brazos River rises at the confluence of its Salt Fork and Double Mountain Fork near the eastern boundary of Stonewall County in the Texas Panhandle Plains Region. It flows 840 miles across Texas to its mouth on the Gulf of Mexico, two miles south of Freeport in Brazoria County. The two forks rise 150 miles above the confluence, thus forming a continuous 1,050 mile long watershed, making it the longest river in Texas. The Brazos has seven principal tributaries, including the Salt and Double Mountain forks. The others are the Clear Fork, the Bosque and Little rivers, Yegua Creek, and the Navasota River which joins the Brazos River six miles southwest of Navasota in southwestern Grimes County. In addition, there are fifteen sub tributaries within the watershed, the most important being the Leon River, a tributary of the Little River. Although the Brazos was well known to Spanish explorers and missionaries who described the Indians located along its banks, the first permanent settlements on the river were made by Anglo-Americans. John McFarland, one of the Old Three Hundred, founded San Felipe de Austin at the Atascosito Crossing of the Brazos. The town became the colonial capital of Texas. Velasco, the site of the first colonial resistance to Mexican authority, is located on the River as are Columbia and Washington-on-the-Brazos, two of the first seats of government of the Republic of Texas. Originally, the Brazos was navigable for 250 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the town of Washington. It was an important waterway before the Civil War, and efforts to improve it for navigation continued until the early twentieth century. Important cities in the Brazos watershed are Lubbock, Graham, Waco, Temple, Belton, Freeport and Galveston. Houston abuts the region along the Fort Bend and Brazoria County lines. The most important lakes on the Brazos River are Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Whitney.  Brazos River Fish Stocking History
Big Creekin Fort Bend County, Texas:
The creek rises at the confluence of Coon and Cottonwood Creeks in south central Fort Bend County. It flows 25 miles southeast to its mouth on the Brazos River.  Flood Gage at FM 1994   Flood Gage at SH 36  
George Observatory at Brazos Bend State Park:
The observatory is operated by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. There are three domed telescopes, the Challenger Learning Center with a mission control center and a spacecraft simulator, a meteorite exhibit, and a gift shop. Friday night viewings are held from 7pm-10pm; reservations are required; a fee applies. Saturday public viewings are held from dusk to 10pm. The observatory is open Tue-Sat by reservation, Sat, 3pm-10pm; Sat 3pm-11pm DST. The exhibit area and gift shop open at 3pm on Saturdays. Ticket sales for the Saturday viewing begin at 5pm; no reservations are taken. Ticket sales end when tickets run out. (281) 242-3055.  Clear Sky Chart 
Brazos Bend State Park Directions:
From SH 36 south of Needville, go northeast on FM 1462 and then turn north on FM 762. The route is marked with brown State Park signs. The park is located just east of Needville, Texas.