Somerville WMA


Phone: (979) 289-2392
Address:
6280 FM 180
Ledbetter, TX 78946

Contact: Darrell Fischer

Dates Open: Open year round except closed for Special Permit hunts.

Description

The Somerville Reservoir was constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Work was started in June 1962, and deliberate impoundment of water was begun in January of 1967. The dam is located on Yegua Creek, 20 miles upstream from its confluence with the Brazos River, and about two miles south of Somerville. Somerville Reservoir covers 11,630 acres with a shoreline of 85 miles. The lake is operated by the Brazos River Authority for flood control, municipal water supply, a variety of industrial, recreational and irrigation functions in addition to its conservation role. The state park complex was leased from the Federal Government in 1969 and opened in 1970. The Reservoir, like the community, derives its name from Albert Somerville, first president of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, which constructed a line through the area in the 1880s and subsequently established a large crosstie processing plant in the town.

The Somerville WMA, part of Lake Somerville State Park Complex, has 3,180 acres located in Burleson and Lee Counties west southwest of Somerville. Texas Parks and Wildlife manages the Somerville WMA under a license agreement and in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Area consists of two separate tracts including 2,030 in the Yegua Creek Compartment and 1,150 in the Nails Creek Compartment. The Somerville WMA is mostly bottomland habitat which includes post, water, and blackjack oak, hickory, yaupon, coralberry, American beautyberry, greenbrier and grape. The Area is considered within the Post Oak Savannah Ecological Region. White-tailed deer, migrant waterfowl, coyotes, armadillos, foxes, opossums, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels and many songbirds can be seen. A designated nature trail on the Yegua Creek Compartment as well as former oil field roads and hunter access trails allow visitors to move around the Area.

Please note:
  • There aren't any restroom facilities.
  • Bring your own drinking water.
  • Restroom facilities at the Corps of Engineers parks are wheelchair-accessible.
  • Long sleeved shirts and pants are recommended in the hunting areas.
  • A birding checklist and WMA map are available at Lake Somerville State Park.
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