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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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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
Bardwell Lake
25 JAN 2020
Current Elevation Normal Elevation Currently Releasing Current Wind Speed Current Wind Direction Max Wind Speed (Last 3 Hours)
418.79 ft 421.00 ft 0 cfs 6.27 mph 143.00 deg
10.34 mph
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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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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

Bardwell Facility Closure Report: Fort Worth District Lake Facility Closures

Facility Closure Report

This report last updated on Fri Nov 15 2019 08:00:11 GMT-0600 (Central Standard Time)

BARDWELL LAKEHIGH VIEW PARKPARTIALLY CLOSEDOTHERPARK8/30/2019 2:31:15 PMThe Day Use road is closed due to damages, however the day use sites are still open. The courtesy docks at the boat ramp are unusable at this time due to damages.
BARDWELL LAKELITTLE MUSTANG CREEKPARTIALLY CLOSEDCONSTRUCTIONPARK6/28/2019 9:39:25 AMBoat ramp and hunting access points are open, the courtesy dock is unusable at this time due to flood damages.
BARDWELL LAKELOVE PARKPARTIALLY CLOSEDCONSTRUCTIONPARK10/24/2019 11:23:43 AMBoat ramp, and group shelter are open. Courtesy Dock is unusable at this time due to flood damages.
BARDWELL LAKEMOTT PARKFULLY CLOSEDSEASONALPARK10/24/2019 11:25:47 AMCourtesy dock is unusable at this time due to flood damages.
BARDWELL LAKEWAXAHACHIE CREEK PARKFULLY CLOSEDSEASONALPARK10/24/2019 11:26:00 AMAt this time areas of Waxahachie Creek Park are closed for safety concerns due to tree damage by flooding. Please go to for campground reservation to see what is available. The day use areas and the courtesy dock in Waxahachie Creek Park are currently closed however the boat ramp remains open.