Within the dry, windswept plains of the Texas Panhandle lies a hidden, welcoming haven where wildlife, migratory birds, and humans find respite from dry grasslands. Through this plain, the Canadian River has cut dramatic 200-foot canyons, or breaks, where humans lived 13,000 years ago.
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area: Parked Ranger
The largest area of public lands in the Texas panhandle, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area comprises more than 44,978 acres. Located just east of US Highway 287 and approximately 40 miles north of Amarillo, Texas, this landscape holds so many opportunities for outdoor recreation and cultural exploration. The Canadian River that flows into Lake Meredith has supported human presence in the area for more than 13,000 years, evidence of which can be found nearby at Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. The Nʉmʉnʉʉ, or Comanche, tribe thrived in these lands until they faced annihilation from European diseases and were forcibly moved to a reservation. One of the few areas in the region with trees, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area supports aquatic, wetland, and riparian (river banks) habitats. Enjoy boating, fishing, camping, hunting, off-road vehicle driving, hiking, swimming, and sightseeing as you make memories that last a lifetime.
Kids in Parks
National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.
What’s Happening at This Park?
Stories from all parks
Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist
Bring the Parks Home
When you can’t get to a national park for a visit, experience it from the comfort of your home. WNPA’s online store is packed with ranger-approved park collectibles, books, toys, and clothing. Shop for a special item.