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Sheldon Lake Texas State Park
Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center Information:
This 2,800 acre park is primarily a recreation and outdoor education facility. It opened to the public in 1984. The 1,229 acre Sheldon Lake is located on Carpenter’s Bayou, a tributary of Buffalo Bayou. The lake was constructed in 1942 to provide water for war industries located along the Houston Ship Channel. The reservoir consists of 800 acres of lake and 400 acres of marsh and swampland. The maximum depth is 10 feet. Lake access is via boat launches on Garrett and Pineland/Fauna Roads. The park includes a 3 acre pond, and three 1 acre ponds. Park entrance fees apply. The Environmental Learning Center is accessed from Beaumont Highway. (281) 456-2800. Access the Environmental Learning Center at 15315 Beaumont Highway (Business 90) at Park Road 138, Houston, Texas 77049. The park is located near Sheldon, Texas at 14140 Garrett Road, Houston, Texas 77044. For more park information, read the Park Brochure
Sheldon Lake State Park Environmental Learning Center Facilities & Trails Map
Sheldon Lake State Park Trails Map
Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center Facilities & Amenities Overview:
Alligators may be viewed on the 0.5 mile self-guided nature tour. Stocked fishing ponds provide catch and release fishing for children on Saturdays and Sundays. The 82 foot John Jacob Observation Tower offers panoramic views of the park, downtown Houston, and the San Jacinto Monument. The tower is accessed via stairs or the solar powered elevator which leads to the two observation decks. The Education Center offers demonstrations of alternative energy technologies and green building techniques. A Wildscape garden demonstrates the use of native plants and wildflowers to attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. . It also features a compost demonstration area. Hunter education programs are also available. Group programs are available by special arrangement. Future plans include building cabins and camping facilities to accommodate teachers attending environmental education seminars and learning sessions at the planned Visitor Learning Center. Programs are free of charge. Wi-Fi is available. Volunteer positions are available by calling (281) 456-2800. Open Tue-Sun, 8am-5pm. (281) 456-2800, Ext. 230.  Email  Learning Center Facilities & Trails Map 
Sheldon Lake State Park Trails Map
Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center Directions:
The park is located just west of Sheldon, Texas on Beaumont Highway, 2 miles east of Beltway 8, or 2 miles west of Sheldon Road at Park Road 138.