Recreation Options in College Station, TX

Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway in College Station, TX offers outdoor fun from fishing to swimming

By Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 05/04/2011 - 17:22

Nearby getaway Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway offers fun from fishing to swimming.

Less than a half-hour drive from Bryan and College Station, the year-round park complex includes Birch Creek, Nails Creek, Lake Somerville Trailway and the Somerville Wildlife Management Area.

The Somerville Reservoir covers 11,630 acres. It was created in the 1960s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control, but today the lake also offers skiing, swimming, camping, hunting and fishing activities.

“It’s a good recreation lake, but it’s an excellent fishery lake,” says Kim Ochs, complex manager over Birch Creek and Nails Creek. “It’s got a good population of white bass, largemouth bass and hybrid bass. It’s also got a good population of catfish. I’ve seen some catfish come out here that weigh 68 pounds.”

Though that doesn’t beat any state records, it’s still a good day’s fishing, he notes.

Duck hunting at Lake Somerville also is available in season. The staggered activities offer a chance for everyone to enjoy Lake Somerville, an “excellent resource,” Ochs says.

Birch Creek covers 2,365 acres in Burleson County on the north shore, while Nails Creek covers 3,155 acres in Lee County on the south shore near the west end of the reservoir. The Wildlife Management Area includes 3,180 acres in both counties.

The two areas are connected by more than 20 miles of trails that pass through stands of blackjack oak, water oak and hickory trees. The trails, open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, also offer lots of chances to view wildflowers, birds, white-tailed deer, coyotes and other animals.

“The fishing gets better with cooler weather. Recreational activities [decrease] in the winter.

One group quits using it and another group begins again,” Ochs says.

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