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
17 MAY 2022
Current Elevation Normal Elevation Currently Releasing Current Wind Speed Current Wind Direction Max Wind Speed (Last 6 Hours)
420.99 ft 421.00 ft 0 cfs ****** mph 147.00 deg
373.14 mph
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Latest News and Updates

High View Park is now selling America The Beautiful Passes as well as US Army Corps of Engineers Annual Day Use Passes! Passes can be purchased at the gatehouse 7 days a week from 6am-10pm. You may also purchase your passes online Here .

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

Waxahachie Creek Park trails are open only to horseback riders by appointment. Please call 972-875-5711 Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM through 4:00 pm for access!

Beginning 1 October 2020, Day Use Fee collection has been reinstated at Bardwell.  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.  Mott Park, Highview Park, Waxahachie Creek Park, all accept cash, however these parks will no longer accept cash for day use after new fee stations are installed.  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!


Bardwell Lake

Bardwell Facility Closure Report: Fort Worth District Lake Facility Closures

Facility Closure Report

This report last updated on Friday March 11 2022 13:26:10

BARDWELL LAKE HIGH VIEW PARK PARTIALLY CLOSED OTHER PARK 7/30/2021 8:57:32 AM Boat Ramp, shoreline fishing, Day-use and marina access are open . . All campsites are open by reservation only, please proceed to or call 877-444-6777 to make reservations and check availability. The day-use road is closed until further notice.
BARDWELL LAKE LITTLE MUSTANG CREEK FULLY OPEN NONE PARK 7/30/2021 8:56:17 AM Little Mustang Boat Ramp is open
BARDWELL LAKE MOTT PARK FULLY OPEN NONE PARK 7/30/2021 8:55:57 AM Camping is open by reservation only please proceed to or call 877-444-6777. For any additional information please call the Bardwell Lake Project office at 972-875-5711
BARDWELL LAKE OVERLOOK PARK FULLY CLOSED CONSTRUCTION PARK 12/16/2020 3:59:34 PM Park is closed due to construction, it will reopen when construction is completed we apologize but do not a have a completion date to report yet. For additional information please call the Bardwell Lake Project Office at 972-875-5711
BARDWELL LAKE WAXAHACHIE CREEK PARK FULLY CLOSED CONSTRUCTION PARK 7/30/2021 8:49:50 AM Waxahachie Creek Park is closed due to storm and flood damages that have caused sites to be unsafe for campers at this time. Work crews are diligently assessing the areas and working to get sites back open. At this time no reservations can be made for the Summer of 2021, however please check back for future updates. For additional information please call the Bardwell Lake Project office at 972-875-5711

For all Park facility closure information click here.