Hunting at Bardwell Lake

Effective for Hunting Season 2013-2014 and after, please note that permits are no longer needed. Please abide by all Federal and State Hunting Laws. Hunt only in hunting areas marked on the Bardwell Hunting Map and also read the Fort Worth District Hunting Guide PDF

All maps are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat reader, you may download it here.


To view and interact with the Lake's Hunting Map from your smartphone, please click here and follow the updated instructions.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has depicted this spatial data as a representation of the various geographic information gathered from multiple sources. This data should be viewed only as a representation of the data, and should not be used for any other purpose. No guarantee is made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the accuracy or completeness of the data or their suitability for a particular use.

Policy Statement

It is the policy of the Corps of Engineers to provide the public with safe, healthful and varied outdoor recreation opportunities; promote the enhancement of fish and wildlife resources; protect endangered species and their habitats, assure aesthetically and culturally pleasing surroundings; maintain an environment which supports diversity; and strive for a balance between public use and maintenance of a quality environment.

Our natural resource management goal is to ensure the conservation, preservation, protection, and enhancement of those resources so present and future generations may use and enjoy them.

Stewardship (management) of forest, range, wetland, and park vegetation resources is essential to achieve these goals. Lake lands are managed to provide for clean water, erosion control, wildlife, timber, aesthetics, and recreation. Habitat diversity is a cornerstone of our stewardship program.

Public hunting is utilized by the Corps of Engineers as a management tool to achieve our natural resource goal while providing recreational opportunities to the public. There are approximately 148,000 acres of Corps of Engineers lands and water available to hunt in the Fort Worth District.

The Corps of Engineers public hunting program continues to evolve based on input from the public and as the State of Texas laws and regulations change. Changes to the Corps’ hunting program are made in an effort to provide the best possible cost efficient and safe public hunting opportunity while continuing to preserve our natural resources.

The strength of our public hunting program is its diversity. Each hunting program is developed at the lake site in close coordination with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists to achieve our management goals. Restrictions placed on the hunter are necessitated by reason of public health, public safety, maintenance, conservation of our natural resources, and/or to provide a safer hunting opportunity to the hunter. For further information about our hunting opportunities, please call or write the hunting coordinator at the lake of your choice.

Our district affords many hunting opportunities throughout the state. Each year the Corps publishes a public hunting guide containing the basic policies and contact information for the lakes within our district. Click on the following link for a copy of the Fort Worth District Hunting Guide PDF


Cold Early Morning Duck Hunt

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