|Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area|
This area combines the intense wildlife activity found around marshes with easy access to many viewing spots. The wetlands, swamps, and open water habitats attract large numbers of wading birds including wood storks, thousands of waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds. Bald eagles, osprey, and oth...
|Description: The mixture of canyon wren songs, a liquid, descending series of “tews,” with the chaotic twittering at a cliff swallow colony, entertains visitors along Cox’s Hollow Trail at Miller Springs Nature Area, near the dam. The area also offers a mixture of geologic features, bottomland hardwoods, prairies, springs, and river habitats. White-tailed deer, gray and red foxes, coyotes, fox squirrels, armadillos, wild turkeys, owls, over a hundred other birds, and abundant wildflowers representing a mix of eastern and western species can be viewed here. Several other parks around the lake offer similar viewing opportunities. Finally, waterfowl, wading birds, bald eagles, and osprey can be viewed from several vantage points around the lake. The Miller Springs Nature Center is being developed.|
Wildlife to Watch: Most species are not easily viewed except for the deer, small mammals, and many birds. Waterfowl viewing is best during winter when eagles and osprey are present but uncommon. Cliff swallows are best viewed during the spring and summer before they migrate south.
Ownership: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Size: Nature area, 260 acres; lake, 12,500 acres
Closest Town: Temple, TX
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: