Panhandle Plains
Lake Brownwood Texas State Park
Lake Brownwood State Park Information:
In 1933, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department purchased 537.5 acres on the newly formed Lake Brownwood from the Brown County Water Improvement District for $1 for the purpose of establishing the state park. The park opened to the public in 1938. The park was initially named Brownwood State Park, and then was renamed “Thirty-Sixth Division State Park.” It was later renamed Lake Brownwood State Park. The park was designed by the National Park Service. Many structures were built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), including the stone refectory designed by Waco architect Roy E. Lane. In 1934, Lane was appointed the first Texas State Parks Architect. Other CCC structures include 17 stone cabins, a monumental boat dock stairway with a shelter overlook, a lodge for fishermen, two residences, park entrance portals, and numerous lakeside and trailside features made of locally quarried rock and milled lumber. The park contains two trail systems. One trail parallels the bank of the lake, connecting all the CCC cabins with various picnic areas and fire pits, runs past the terraced CCC boat dock, and terminates at the grand concession building. The other trail links rises at a rock outcropping and connects numerous CCC structures and provides excellent lake views. Lake activities include picnicking, camping, hiking, boating, fishing, bird watching, and more.Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information read the Park Brochureand watch the Park Video.
Lake Brownwood State Park Facilities Map
Lake Brownwood State Park Trails Map
Lake Brownwood State Park Interactive Trails Map
Lake Brownwood Information:
The 6,490 surface acre lake was formed by constructing a dam at the confluence of Jim Ned Creek and the Pecan Bayou, a tributary of the Colorado River. The lake was impounded in 1933. It has a maximum depth of 95 feet. Lake facilities include the Lake Brownwood State Park, marinas, campsites, boat ramps and restaurants. The lake is owned and managed by the Brown County Water District No. 1. The lake is located approximately 12 miles northwest of Brownwood off SH 279, FM 3021 and FM 2125.
Current Lake Level 
Lake Location Map 
Public Access Facilities Map
Pecan Bayou:
The Pecan Bayou is one of the five major tributaries of the Colorado River. This slow moving stream is fed by over 20 creeks. The Bayou has two main branches. The North Prong headwaters originate in northwestern Callahan County and eastern Taylor County near Eula, 12 miles north of the South Prong’s head. The North Prong flows southeast through Callahan County and is dammed six miles south of Clyde, Texas to form Lake Clyde. Fed by three small creeks, the two prongs merge in south central Callahan County and flow across the Coleman County line. Lake Brownwood is formed by a dam constructed at the confluence of the Pecan Bayou and Jim Ned Creek seven miles north of Brownwood. Below the lake the Pecan Bayou runs just east of the city and enters the Colorado River in Mills County, ninety miles southeast of its headwaters.
Jim Ned Creek:
The creek rises three miles northwest of Tuscola, Texas in south central Taylor County. It flows for 70 miles southeast across Callahan and Coleman Counties to its mouth on Lake Brownwood. Lake Coleman is located on the creek.  
Lake Brownwood State Park Directions:  
The park is located on the west side of Lake Brownwood, 16 miles northwest of the City of Brownwood. From Brownwood, take SH 279 to Park Road 15; drive 6 miles east on Park Road 15 to the park.