Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Overview

Contrasting spectacularly with its surroundings, Lake Meredith lies on the dry and windswept High Plains of the Texas Panhandle. The lake itself was created by Sanford Dam on the Canadian River; it now fills many breaks whose walls are crowned with white limestone caprock, scenic buttes, pinnacles, and red-brown, wind-eroded coves. Lake Meredith's shores are dotted with mesquite, prickly pear, yucca, and grasses of arid plains. Up the sheltered creek beds stand cottonwoods, soapberry, and sandbar willows.

By Public Law 101-628, on November 28, 1990, Congress renamed Lake Meredith Recreation Area as a National Recreation Area, to provide for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment of the lands and waters associated with Lake Meredith in the State of Texas, and to protect the scenic, scientific, cultural, and other values contributing to the public enjoyment of such lands and waters. The 50,000-acre national recreation area includes a 10,000-acre reservoir where visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities for a day or an entire vacation.

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Seasonality / Weather

Weather in this part of Texas is known for its changeability. A common Panhandle saying is, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes, and it will change!" Summer temperatures can reach 100 F or more; winters are usually mild, but may bring snow, sleet, or hail. Tornadoes, windstorms, and lightning can also occur - be sure to check current conditions before heading out onto the lake.

Directions

Driving: 

The recreation area is located 35 minutes from Amarillo, TX. If driving from Amarillo, exit Loop 335 North, then exit Hwy 136 North to Fritch. Headquarters is located at 419 E. Broadway in Fritch. If coming from the North, can take 1913 from the Dumas Highway or 1913 from US 287.

Flying: 

The airport in Amarillo is approximately 35 miles south of Lake Meredith if traveling by air. Rental cars are available.