Camping, fishing, hunting, hiking and boating are some of the many outdoor-recreation activities available at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area in the Texas Panhandle, even without a lot of water. Locals have heard the lake has dried up. Not true, though it is much lower than any time since shortly after its creation in 1965. If you enjoy getting outside, consider the activities in this list, even boating.
The recreation area covers nearly 45,000 acres, surrounding a huge, scenic canyon carved 200 feet deep by the Canadian River. Before you go, click http://www.nps.gov/lamr/planyourvisit/camping.htm for Lake Meredith’s website. Listed among info about the various camp and picnic areas are exact locations where each of these activities can be enjoyed, most free to the public.
Several roads lead to Lake Meredith. If you’re coming from the Amarillo area, take the north side of Loop 335, exit from the northeast corner onto Hwy. 136. There are several turnoffs along the way that access different parts of the recreation area, but one popular route is to head about 30 miles, through the town of Fritch, and turn north on the Fritch Fortress Highway. Go about three miles to High Plains Road, and turn right (northeast). Continue another mile or so to Sanford-Yake Road. You’ll see the lake on your left. When you near the water, you can choose to go left to camp or picnic areas, with hiking trails and restrooms, or right to the boat launch and fishing docks. If you’re coming from any other direction, click http://www.nps.gov/alfl/planyourvisit/upload/map.pdf to access a National Park Service map of the recreation area, to see the many other roads that lead to it. This map doesn’t show current water levels, but the road access is accurate.
What do you like to do outside? Head out to Lake Meredith and see if you can do it there!