Great Texas Wildlife Trails

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Miami loop mapGreen LakeIngrum LakeTX 273-Prairie Dog TownTX 273-Loop 171-Playa LakesTX 273-FM 291-LeforsWhite Deer Creek Tours, Hayhook RanchJSSK Morrison RanchChisum Lake

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More information:

  • Miami COC, 806-868-3291
  • Texas Prairie Rivers Region Inc., 806-323-5397, www.texasprairierivers.com

063.gif PHP 063 Green Lake

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site access restricted.

From Canadian, go south on US 83/60 for 7.5 miles until US 60 veers right. Continue on US 60 for 16.1 miles to Miami. At the flashing yellow light turn right/north on FM 282. Follow FM 282 for 14.5 miles to Green Lake Road on the left. The lake is 1.5 miles on the left.

Playa Lakes can be completely dry during hot summers or drought years. When wet, the lakeshore of Green Lake is accessible only by four-wheel drive or on foot. Green Lake is inside the Red Deer Creek watershed and covers 300 acres. Look for Ferruginous Hawk and Rough-legged Hawk in winter. Rough-legged is most easily distinguished from Ferruginous Hawk by the well-defined, narrow black band on the end of its white tail and by the conspicuous black markings underneath its wings when in flight.

806-868-3291, Phone for access.

064.gif PHP 064 Ingrum Lake

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site access restricted.

From Green Lake continue south for 1.5 miles to FM 2391. Continue for 11.3 miles through Hoover to TX 152. Turn left on TX 152. At 0.6 mile check the pond and playa lake on the right for ducks. Ingrum Lake is 1.3 miles on the right, and is available for roadside viewing only.

From October to early December huge flocks of Sandhill Cranes are on the large playa lake on TX 152. The entire playa lake region is filled with avocets and shorebirds during migration. Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, and other duck species are commonly found here during winter. Large concentrations of Canada Goose and Snow Goose can be found on playas in the Panhandle during the winter.

806-868-3291, Phone for access.

065.gif PHP 065 TX 273-Prairie Dog Town

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

Just past the intersection of TX 273 and Loop 171 in Pampa, on the left side of TX 273, look for a large pond. The pond abuts a small prairie dog town. Burrowing Owls can be found here in spring, summer, and fall, and the relative proximity of the town to the road allows visitors to leisurely observe the antics of the Black-tailed Prairie Dogs. In late summer, when Swainson’s Hawks and other raptors have begun to migrate south, this Prairie Dog town can have good numbers of adult and juvenile birds sitting out amidst the burrows. Horned Larks, Lark Sparrows, and small groups of Greater Yellowlegs can also be seen here.

066.gif PHP 066 TX 273-Loop 171-Playa Lakes

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

Return to the intersection with Loop 171 and turn left, heading into Pampa. Even in very dry years, the small wetlands along both sides of Loop 171, just before its intersection with US 60, attract waterfowl, shorebirds, and a plethora of dragonflies and damselflies. Wetland flowers also provide attractive relief for the eye as well as good shutter opportunities. In year’s of sufficient moisture, from later fall through early spring, you may also see large concentrations of Sandhill Cranes in this area.

067.gif PHP 067 TX 273-FM 291-Lefors

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

From the intersection of TX 273 and Loop 171, go south on TX 273 toward Lefors. After passing through Lefors, go to the bridge before the intersection of FM 291.

This bridge spans the North Fork of the Red River. Park well off the shoulder, and walk on the south side of the bridge to the water’s edge. In addition to beautiful scenery and a good “shutter spot,” butterflies are abundant here from late spring through early fall. Hundreds of Familiar Bluets can be seen hanging onto the riverside’s emergent aquatic vegetation, and Mississippi Kites are easily spotted soaring above the river. Snags on the north side of the bridge provide roosts for these birds, which can be seen in good numbers among the branches late in the day.

The sand sagebrush prairie along FM 291 provides good habitat for grassland birds. Little bluestem, sideoats grama, buffalo grass, yellow Indiangrass, switchgrass, and a variety of forbs make this ideal habitat. The rough and rolling terrain that makes up the watershed of McClellan Creek and the North Fork of the Red River provide cover for Pronghorn, Coyotes, White-tailed Deer, Mule Deer, Skunks, Porcupines, and Quail.

Drive slowly along FM 291 to appreciate the beauty of the scenery, and if your visit coincides with the early morning or early evening, the chances are good that you’ll be treated to one of the spectacular sunsets for which the Panhandle is famed. This area is one of the few remaining places where rangeland is both healthy and unfragmented enough to sustain populations of Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Although it is rare to see these birds, they could occur in this area. Roadrunners pop up along the side of the highway, and Swainson’s Hawks occur here commonly in summer, as do large numbers of Mississippi Kites.

The low water crossings before McClellan Creek and at McClellan Creek on 291 should be checked for a variety of woodpeckers, kingbirds, flycatchers, and butterflies such as Viceroy and Common Wood-Nymph. Dragonflies include the large and easily spotted Eastern Pondhawk.

068.gif PHP 068 White Deer Creek Tours, Hayhook Ranch

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site access restricted. Fee charged.

Check FM 282 for Pronghorn and longspurs (McCown’s, Lapland, and Chestnut-collared) in winter, mixed in with flocks of Horned Lark. The FM 282 area is thick with the mice and rabbits that provide food for birds of prey. Scan for Rough-legged and Ferruginous Hawks in winter. Thirteen photo blinds are available on the ranch for intimate photos of deer, Wild Turkeys, Porcupines, and Coyotes. Picnics, camping, and extended stays may be arranged.

806-868-2671, Call for directions, Guided tours only.

069.gif PHP 069 JSSK Morrison Ranch

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site access restricted. Fee charged.

Prairie, wetland, and significant wooded habitat provide habitat for wildlife across 15,000 acres of ranch land. Adobe Walls, site of the famous battle between buffalo hunters and Comanches, is a 7-mile hike from Morrison Ranch. Campsites are available along the river bottom and RVs can enter the upper portion of the property. A rustic cabin is available with spectacular views of the range. The size and solitude of the ranch, along with excellent habitat for most of the typical Panhandle flora and fauna, make this a great place to get away from it all.

806-665-8014, Call for directions.

070.gif PHP 070 Chisum Lake

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site access restricted. Fee charged.

From the intersection of US 60 and FM 748 in Miami (flashing yellow light), go south on FM 748 for 8 miles. Turn left/east on FM 1268. The lake is on the north side of the road.

Chisum Lake is available for roadside viewing only. Thousands of ephemeral playa lakes dot the Panhandle, providing important habitat for migratory and wintering birds in the region. Chisum Lake covers 250 acres and provides habitat for numerous species of ducks and geese, Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, raptors, and shorebirds such as Dowitchers and Killdeer. Finches, orioles, larks and hummingbirds can also be seen here.

806-868-3291, Phone for access.


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