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