Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

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About Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Grab your pole and c’mon down for the annual September Fry Fishing Tournament, yeeehaw! Held each year on the 10,000-acre Lake Meredith, anglers show off your skills by reelin’ in bass, catfish, crappie, trout and walleye and then fryin’ em up to eat with your family and friends! Lake activities such as fishing, boating and swimming are the biggest draws at this 45,000-acre Texas panhandle recreational area, but hunting, hiking, ATVing, camping and horseback riding are other fun activities that you can also enjoy. Located in a valley oasis of the high river plains, this area has long served as an important site for prehistoric hunters to obtain flint for tools and weapons. Watch a flint-making demonstration so you can brandish your spear and try to hunt down a wooly mammoth! Well maybe not, since those went extinct nearly 10,000 years ago, but deer, quail, pheasant, coyote and rabbit are still fair game!

Campgrounds in Lake Meredith

Fritch Fortress Campground

1. Fritch Fortress Campground

Wake up to a lake view when you camp at Fritch Fortress. You’ll find picnic tables, shade shelters, and grills at the campsites here, which are...

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Sanford-Yake Campground

2. Sanford-Yake Campground

Set up camp near the dam at Sanford-Yake Campground and you’ll also be rewarded with lake views. This large campground affords vast views of the...

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Blue West Campground

3. Blue West Campground

Seeking an off-the-grid experience? Then Blue West Campground is for you. Located on the north side of the lake, the campsites here come with...

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Blue Creek Bridge Campground

4. Blue Creek Bridge Campground

Pretty far removed from the rest of humanity, this site is located on the northwestern fringe of the recreation area, slightly withdrawn from Lake...

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McBride Canyon Campground

5. McBride Canyon Campground

Situated next to the historical McBride house, these sites are located near the creek among a collection of cottonwoods, just off Highway 136....

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Rosita Campground

6. Rosita Campground

For the roughest and toughest of backcountry aficionados out there, this site is just for you. Situated way way out in the boonies, you’ll have to...

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Plum Creek Campground

7. Plum Creek Campground

Keep busy at Plum Creek -- this area is great for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. The nearby Devil’s Canyon Trail allows for all three. At...

Cedar Canyon Campground

8. Cedar Canyon Campground

Bring your bathing suit to Cedar Canyon Campground -- you’ll be camping right on the beach! You’ll also want to bring a picnic blanket, since there...

Harbor Bay Campground

9. Harbor Bay Campground

Hikers, you’ll want to post up camp at Harbor Bay. Stay at this campground and you’ll have great access to the three-mile Harbor Bay Hiking Trail,...

Chimney Hollow Campground

10. Chimney Hollow Campground

Like a referee watching a water polo match between Blue East and Blue West Campgrounds, Chimney Hollow is tucked back on the Blue Creek embankment,...

Blue East Campground

11. Blue East Campground

Boasting breathtaking views on the northern shores of Lake Meredith, Blue East Campground sits in the same inlet as Chimney Hollow and Blue West....

Mullinaw Creek Campground

12. Mullinaw Creek Campground

After a long day of exploring, you’ll be able to take a load off at these creekside sites, which come with picnic tables, fire rings and vaulted...

Bugbee Campground

13. Bugbee Campground

Located near the mouth of Bugbee Creek which feeds into Lake Meredith, you’ll find this little nook of semi-developed sites open year-round. An...


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THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!! For sure worth the trip. Free camping. Only cost we saw was for the boat ramp. A lot of great camping spot. A lot of great hikes and it has a "beach."

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History of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Within the dry and windswept high plains of the Texas Panhandle lies a hidden oasis, a welcoming haven where wildlife and humans find respite from the dry grasslands above. Through this plain, the Canadian River has cut dramatic 200-foot canyons, or breaks, where humans have eked out a living for over 13,000 years. Lake Meredith now occupies these hidden coves where early humans once roamed.