Jackson County
Home Of Lake Texana

Located at the head of Lavaca and Carancahua Bays in southern Texas, Jackson County is in the center of the Gulf Coast side of a Houston-San Antonio-Corpus Christi triangle, and sits astride all the direct highways connecting Houston and Corpus Christi. Jackson County is 90 miles southwest of Houston, 100 miles north of Corpus Christi, and an equidistant 130 miles southeast of Austin and San Antonio.

Lake Texana extends approximately 18 miles up the Navidad River Valley when the lake is at normal level of 44 feet above sea level. Also the lake extends up Sandy and Mustang Creeks, about 8 miles and 13 miles respectively. At elevation 44, the lake has approximately 125 miles of shoreline and contains 165,000 acre-feet of water with a surface area of about 10,000 acres.

Lake Texana is located in the middle of Jackson County and is ideally suited for fresh water recreation and fishing. The recreation facilities on Lake Texana include a 600-acre State Park, 10 boat access points, a marina complex, a 250-acre primitive camping area, a full-service camping facility with nature and historic trails, picnic sites and a playground. These recreation areas are accessible from U.S. Highway 59 and Texas Highways 111 and 172. Approximately 667,600 recreation visits to Lake Texana are made annually. An abundance of fish, wildlife and water fowl make Lake Texana one of the best kept secrets in Texas for campers, picnickers, birders, boaters, sight-seers and fishermen. Fresh water catfish, Florida hybrid bass, crappie and bream will be found In Lake Texana.

The saltwater angler will find easy access to many bays and to the Gulf of Mexico.

Our first impression when we saw the deer picture was - isn't he precious. So, we lovingly call him Precious. The deer at both the State Park and Brackenribge Plantation Campground have been fed and loved by the campers and visitors, for so long, that they are practically tame. It is not unusual, at all, for them to come right up to the occupied camp-sites during mealtime to see what tasty morsels might come their way. Of course, they love corn and many campers bring corn with them specifically to feed the deer. Visitors to our lade are in awe of their presence and seemingly fearless nature. Local residents frequently drive through the parks, late in the afternoon, to view the large herds of deer grazing in the open areas.