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.

Bardwell Lake outlet works with blue bonnetts in foreground
Lake Elevation / Gate Opening Information
Bardwell Lake
9 AUG 2020
Current Elevation Normal Elevation Currently Releasing Current Wind Speed Current Wind Direction Max Wind Speed (Last 3 Hours)
420.77 ft 421.00 ft 0 cfs 9.22 mph 198.00 deg
14.96 mph
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Latest News and Updates

ATTENTION: As a precaution for the COVID-19 situation, the Bardwell Lake Office will be closed to the public until further notice. If you need assistance, please contact us at (972) 875-5711. We appreciate your cooperation.

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 emailed here.

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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Due to the COVID-19 virus, All recreation areas at Bardwell Lake are closed for camping until May 20.Camping will be by reservation only. The multi-use trails and day use at Waxahachie Creek park are open, as well as the Boat ramps at Mott Park and Love Park. Observation Point is open for bank fishing. Please check with Recreation 1 stop for camping rservations. here or call the Reservation line 1-877-444-6777 for the latest information about campsite openings. If you have other inquiries about Bardwell's COVID policies and procedures please contact the Bardwell Lake Project Office at 972-875-5711 or by email here.

Beginning 1 January 2013, a new Area Use Fee was implemented for all parks at Bardwell Lake.  This Area Use Fee is $5.00 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 here


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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

Bardwell Facility Closure Report: Fort Worth District Lake Facility Closures

Facility Closure Report

This report last updated on Thu Jul 30 2020 11:03:21 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time)

BARDWELL LAKEHIGH VIEW PARKPARTIALLY CLOSEDOTHERPARK5/20/2020 9:32:56 AMBoat Ramp, shoreline fishing, and marina access are open. Camp sites are open at a limited capacity by reservation only, please proceed to to make reservations and check availability. The day-use road, swim beach, group shelter and volleyball courts are closed until further notice.
BARDWELL LAKELOVE PARKPARTIALLY CLOSEDOTHERPARK5/7/2020 11:13:27 AMBoat ramp access is available from 0730-2000 daily. Day Use areas and the Group Shelter are closed until further notice.
BARDWELL LAKEMOTT PARKPARTIALLY CLOSEDOTHERPARK5/20/2020 9:34:20 AMDay use areas and the boat ramp are open to the public. Camp sites are open at a limited capacity by reservation only, please proceed to to make reservations and check availability. The group shelter and swim beach are closed until further notice.
BARDWELL LAKEWAXAHACHIE CREEK PARKPARTIALLY CLOSEDOTHERPARK5/20/2020 9:37:15 AMDay use areas, boat ramp, and the Multi-use trails within Waxahachie Creek Park are open to the public. Camp sites are open at a limited capacity by reservation only, please proceed to to make reservations and check availability. The group shelter is closed until further notice.

For all Park facility closure information click here.