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Texas Attractions: Lake Conroe
Location: Montgomery and Walker counties
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About Lake Conroe:
Lake Conroe is a popular recreation spot north of Houston. The lake is situated in Montgomery and Walker counties, with Conroe, Montgomery and Willis the main cities around it.
The lake was created in 1973 through the impoundment of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. Lake Conroe now has a surface area of just over 20,000 acres. It's a beautiful area with thick pine forests surrounding much of the lake.
There are many small parks along the shores of Lake Conroe. One of the most popular is Lake Conroe Park & Pavilion at 14968 Highway 105 West in Conroe (936-788-8302), which has swimming areas, fishing piers, picnic tables and grills, playgrounds, horseshoe pits and volleyball courts. (There also are some very big parks around Lake Conroe, including Sam Houston National Forest.)
While no boats or jet skis can be taken into Lake Conroe Park & Pavilion, there are many marinas and boat ramps dotting the lake's shores, too. Among these are Stubblefield Lake, Cagle Recreation Area and Scott's Ridge, all of which are inside Sam Houston National Forest.
Several of these marinas are along Texas Highway 105, which passes across the southern end of the lake. Two more are near the terminus of FM 830 on the lake's eastern shores. Some of these marinas and ramps are public and other are private or fee-based. Check this list on the Texas Parks & Wildlife Web site for more information, including locations and phone numbers.
Another page on the TPWD Web site focuses on Lake Conroe fishing, which is some of the best lakefishing in Texas. Largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, and white and hybrid striped bass are among the abundant species.
The controlling authority of the Lake Conroe reservoir is the San Jacinto River Authority, whose Conroe office can be reached at 936-588-1111. More information about Lake Conroe is available from the Lake Conroe Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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