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Wednesday 28 June 2017
Entertainment > City Attractions
Sheldon Lake State Park
15315 Beaumont Highway -Houston,TX
281-456-2800
WWW.TPWD.STATE.TX.US/PARK/SHELDON/
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History: Formerly in the “country”, Sheldon Lake has survived a tremendous influx of urbanization over the past 45 years as Houston has grown. Sheldon Lake is now a green and blue “oasis” for wildlife and people on the edge of Texas’ largest city.

Activities: Primary activities at the Lake Unit are fishing, canoeing, and wildlife observation. Activities at the Environmental Learning Center include group programming, birding, wildlife/nature study and fishing for children. The Learning Center(open 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Tuesday-Sunday) includes a 1/2 mile self-guided nature trail that passes 28 naturalized ponds which contain alligators and other wildlife. (Binoculars are recommended for best viewing). Free catch-and-release “Family Fishing” is permitted on Sundays only, for children accompanied by adults, in the two fishing ponds. A Wildscape demonstration garden shows techniques to use native plants and wildflowers that attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to your backyard. A composting demonstration area shows easy means of “recycling” household leaves and grass.

Tours/Programs: The Sheldon Lake Environmental Learning Center (15315 Beaumont Highway @ Park Road 138) offers a variety of nature and ecology programs to organized groups on a reservation basis. Park staff and volunteers provide programs on nature/ecology, nature walks, catch-and-release fishing in two stocked ponds (fishing poles provided), canoeing, pond ecology, native plant gardening, hunter education, composting and recycling. Programs range in time from 1-4 hours each. An interpretive fee of $1.00 per child per program usually applies. Without special arrangements, group size is limited to 50 children. Teachers and chaperones must accompany the group in at least a 1 to 10 ratio.

Facilities: Sheldon Lake is open everyday to public fishing with appropriate licenses. Boats with a 10 hp or less motor may be launched at the south boat ramp on Pineland Road or the north boat ramp on Garrett Road. Boats are not permitted on the lake between November 1 and February 28 to limit disturbance to migratory waterfowl. Bank fishing is permitted year round from four T-piers along the west and south levees or the parking lot on Garrett Road.