Praries & Lakes
Fort Parker Texas State Park
Fort Parker State Park Information:
This 1,458 acre park is located between Groesbeck and Mexia on land donated by the City of Mexia and three local landowners. In the late 1930’s, the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) constructed the recreational facilities, and built a dam across the Navasota River, creating the 700 acre Fort Parker Lake which is totally located within the park boundaries. The 2 acre Springfield Lake is also located within the park. The park was named for Fort Parker, a nearby historic 1833 settlement well known for the 1836 Comanche Indian Raid in which Cynthia Ann Parker was captured. In 1936, the CCC constructed a replica of Fort Parker. The historic town of Springfield, Limestone County’s first county seat, was established on current park grounds in 1838; only the cemetery remains today. From March through June, the park grounds are a riot of color with flowering Indian blanket, standing cypress, phlox, ladies’-tresses, evening primrose and wine cups. This beautiful park is extremely popular for family reunions and other events. The Confederate Reunion Grounds are located a few miles away. Park entrance and camping fees apply. The park is located 7 miles southwest of Mexia and 5 miles northeast of Groesbeck at the intersection of SH 14 and Park Road 28. For more complete park information, read the Park Brochure, watch the Park Video, and read Texas Forts History.   Fort Parker State Park Facilities Map
Navasota River:
This 125 mile long river rises northeast of Mount Calm in southeastern Hill County and flows southeast, crossing Limestone County and serving as the county line between Leon and Robertson, Madison and Brazos, and Brazos and Grimes Counties before reaching its mouth on the Brazos River, six miles southwest of Navasota in southwestern Grimes County. The river is dammed at various points to form Lake Mexia, Springfield Lake (Fort Parker State Park), Joe Echols Lake, Lake Groesbeck, Lake Limestone and Martin Lake. River tributaries include Big, Little Cedar, Sand, Bowman, Panther, and Holland Creeks. Navasota, Texas is located on a bend in the river in Grimes County. Numerous archeological sites have been found along the river, which served early settlers as an access route into the area.
Lake Fort Parker, 725 Surface Acres:
The lake was impounded in 1935; it has a maximum depth of 6 feet. Amenities include a boat ramp, a fish cleaning station and a fishing pier. Predominant fish species include crappie, white bass, channel and blue catfish, and trout in season. Fish Stocking History  Lake Records
Fort Parker State Park Directions:  
From Groesbeck:
Take SH 14 North approximately 5 miles to Park Road 28; turn left and drive to the park entrance.
From Mexia:
Take SH 14 south approximately 7 miles to Park Road 28.