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Lake Somerville Texas State Park
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Lake Somerville State Park Information:
The park consists of the 2,365 acre Birch Creek Unit (near Somerville), the 3,155 acre Nails Creek Unit (near Ledbetter), the 20 mile long Lake Somerville Trailway, 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. Whitewater rafting is available on the Brazos River. The reservoir covers 11,630 surface acres and has 85 miles of shore. The state park land was leased from the Federal Government in 1969 and opened to the public in 1970. For more information read the June 2007 Park of the Month Article and watch the Park Video.
 
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.  
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Flag Pond, 350 Surface Acres:
Flag Pond was developed by a private hunting club in 1926; it was impounded on Yegua Creek. The pond is located on the Lake Somerville Trailway, approximately 4 miles from the Nails Creek Unit, and 9 miles from the Birch Creek Unit. It provides fishing and waterfowl hunting activities. It is a natural wetland habitat for wintering waterfowl (15 Oct - 15 Feb).The adjacent interpretive trails and the Flag Pond Nature Theater are used as an outdoor classroom for nature study programs. The management objective is directed toward wintering waterfowl and increasing food supply to better condition the birds before their journey to spring nesting grounds. Strategies to accomplish these objectives include planting of domestic grain crops, moist soil management, and water level control.
 
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 & Flag Pond, 13 Miles:
This 13 mile multi-use trail links the 2 state park units. The trail and its loop trails offer over 20 miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. It passes through dense strands of yaupon. Post oak, hickory, blackjack oak, and water oak forests, and passes past scenic overlooks and over water crossings. The Trailway has one of the best Spring wildflower displays in the Texas State Park system.  Flag Pond is located on the Lake Somerville Trailway, approximately 4 miles from the Nails Creek Unit, and 9 miles from the Birch Creek Unit. The pond provides fishing, birding and waterfowl hunting activities. Campgrounds for equestrians and backpackers are located along the trailway. The trailway, and the restrooms and parking lots at the trailheads are ADA compliant, as are the trail’s 16 bridges. Check the Lake Somerville State Park Trails Mapand the Lake Somerville State Park Interactive Trails Mapfor other park trails.
Lake Somerville State Park Trailway Map
 
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.
 
Directions, Birch Creek Unitof Lake Somerville State Park:
From Brenham, take SH 36 North to Lyons. Go left on SH 60 and drive 8 miles. Go left on Park Road 57 and drive 4 miles to the park entrance.
 
Directions, Nails Creek Unitof 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.