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Benbrook Lake
Description: Benbrook lake and surrounding habitat areas provide some of the best birding and wildlife viewing around Fort Worth, for birds of prey, waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and songbirds plus beaver and small mammals. Parks and roads around the lake provide access to prairies, mud flats, shallow backwaters, upland and bottomland woods and the lake. The COE provides hiking/equestrian trails around much of the lake. The Trinity Trails below the lake in Pecan Valley Park provides access to the City of Fort Worth trail system along the Trinity River and associated bottomland wooded areas. Other nearby birding areas in local prairie habitats are accessible from local county and state roadways.

Wildlife to Watch: Red-shouldered hawks, songbirds and small mammals can be viewed along a trail in Holiday Park that lead to an observation blind where waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and an occasional osprey have been viewed. A shallow bay by the boat ramp in this park is particularly productive for aquatic birds. Rocky Creek and Mustang Parks also are good area, especially for woodland species.

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Ownership: US Army Corps of Engineers 
Size: 8,300 Acres 
Closest Town: Fort Worth, TX

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingTent CampingHikingPicnic tablesHorse Trails

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Photo by US Army Corp of Engineers
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Driving Directions:
Five miles southwest of Interstate 30 on US 377 to Lakeside Drive (now Winscott Road). The dam is just east and Holiday Park is 4.3 miles south of this intersection. Rocky Creek and Mustang Parks are on the south shore.

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Benbrook Lake : Wildlife Viewing Area