Contact Information

Bardwell Lake
Fort Worth District Map
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Bardwell Lake Office
4000 Observation Dr.
Ennis, Texas 75119


Hours: M-F 7:30am - 4 pm
Phone:  (972) 875-5711
Fax:  (972) 875-9711

Camping Reservations:


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Welcome to Bardwell Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District welcomes you to Bardwell Lake, located in Ennis, Texas. Our mission: to provide flood damage reduction to the Ellis County area, and to offer some of the best fishing, camping and boating in Texas.

Lake Elevation/Gate Opening Information
Bardwell Lake
4 OCT 2015
Current Elevation Normal ElevationCurrently Releasing
419.77 421.00 0 cfs
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Effective September 5, 2014 thru March 31, 2015 the main entrance to Waxahachie Creek Park will be closed to thru traffic. All Bardwell Lake multi-use trail users will enter through the North entrance to the park off of Old Park Road, please see attached map for direction how to get to this new entrance. The horse user campsites will be available by reservation only through the National Recreation Reservation Service, phone number 1-877-444-6777 or To inquire any more information about this please contact the Bardwell Lake Project Office 972-875-5711.

Beginning 1 January 2013, a new Area Use Fee was implemented for all parks at Bardwell Lake.  This Area Use Fee is $4.00 per vehicle and will cover the use of any of the following facilities/amenities:  Boat Ramps, Picnic Sites, Swim Beaches, Showers, Multi-Use Trails, Dump Station, and Fishing in the parks.  The Marina located in High View Park will still have a separate charge for use of their facilities.  Visitors to campers will continue to be free of charge, restrictions and limitations apply.  For questions or additional information, please contact the Bardwell Lake Office Monday – Friday, 07:30 – 4:00, (972)875-5711.  All use fee information for Fort Worth District lakes is posted on the district website at:


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The website has an entirely new look with features including simplified search capabilities, enhanced content and streamlined Google maps.  Visitors to the website can now do much more than make reservations for camping, tours and tickets at federal facilities.  The Corps has almost 30,000 reservable campsites in and there is a wealth of information about Corps water resources projects.  More details on the new features added to the website may be found under the “New Look! New Features!” Tab located at the top right hand corner of home page.  We hope you take some time to explore the new website, and better yet, we hope you find some great new places to get out and Explore Your America!



Zebra mussels recently found at Lakes Texoma, Ray Roberts and Lewisville. Click here for more information from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Bardwell Lake

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A permit is required for events or activities occurring in the parks or on the lake, including but not limited to bounce houses, water slides, weddings, tournaments, bands, DJs, church functions, etc. Swimming pools of any size are not allowed. Contact Lake Office at 972-875-5711 for more information. Click here for an Activity Request form. Activity Request forms may be mailed to: US Army Corps of Engineers, 4000 Observation Dr. Ennis, TX 75119 or faxed to (972) 875-9711.

Bardwell Lake is looking for Volunteers in several of our Parks. Click here for more information about Volunteering at Bardwell Lake. For more information about applying for Volunteer positions click here

For camping reservations call 1-877-444-6777 or

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This site last updated on September 2, 2014