Description - Lake Meredith National Recreation Area lies on the dry and windswept High Plains of the Texas Panhandle. The region is known as Llano Estacado or Staked Plain. The lake was created by Sanford Dam on the Canadian River. Lake Meredith serves the area as popular water recreation area.
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Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
- The rock formations in the region include white limestone caprock, scenic buttes, pinnacles and red-brown limestone coves. Flora in the region includes mesquite, prickly pear, yucca and grasses of arid plains. In sheltered creek beds stand cottonwoods, soapberry and sandbar willows. The National Park Service administers the recreation area under a cooperative agreement with Bureau of Reclamation.
Recreation - Visitors to Lake Meridith can enjoy a variety of water sports including: swimming, water skiing, scuba diving, boating and fishing. Headquarters for the site are located in Fritch, Texas. Here you can gather information about recreation in the park. Camping is possible at many sites along the lake shore. Cedar Canyon, Bugbee, Blue West, Blue Creek Bridge,
Sandford-Yake, Fritch Fortress, Harbor Bay and McBridge Canyon campgrounds lie within the park boundaries. Hunting is possible under Texas Game and Fish regulations. Off-road vehicle use areas are open at Blue Creek Bridge and Rosita.
Climate - This region experiences four seasons the range from cool and rainy during the winter months to hot and dry in the summer. Temperature in winter usually see lows of 0 - 10 degrees F. Summer highs reach 95 - 105 degrees F on a regular basis. The region receives 20 inches of rainfall annually.
Situated 45 miles northeast of Amarillo on the Canadian River, multiple access points exist for Lake Meredith. Visitors from Amarillo may take either highway 136 north or Highway 287 north.