Bandera County Medina Lake Park
Bandera, Texas (Bandera & Medina County)

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About the County Park

Cloudy day at Medina Lake
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A Texas State Park until the 1970s or so, Bandera County Park comprises 5,575 acres and is a popular retreat for fishing, boating, picnicking and water sports. (NOTE: Some maps still erroneously label the park "Avalon State Park.")

Located on the lake's Plum Creek Cove, the park's facilities include a boat ramp, swimming area and restrooms. Although there is no camping in Medina Lake County Park, there are a number of private guest cabins, guest ranches and private campgrounds in vicinity of the lake.

Park Ratings

Explanation of Symbols
Campsites/Overnight Facilities* 1 star
Leashed Pets Permitted?Animated Running Dog YES
Picnic Areas/Playgrounds* 1 star
Solitude** 2 star
Trail System 0 star
Water Recreation**** 4 star
Wildlife** 2 star
Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).

Wild Texas Notebook

164-foot-tall Medina Lake Dam, viewed from Park Road 37
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Medina Lake is best known among fishermen for its large yellow catfish. Medina Lake's 4,246-acres of clear water, sheltered by hills and limestone bluffs, are also haven for SCUBA divers.

Fish species found in Medina Lake:

  • Bass: Hybrid Striped, Largemouth, Smallmouth, White
  • Catfish: Blue, Channel, Flathead
  • Crappie: Black, White
  • Shad: Gizzard, Threadfin
  • Others: Bluegill, Walleye


Medina Lake is located approximately 23 miles southeast of Bandera, Texas. Take State Highway 16 east to Pipe Creek and then F.M. 1283 south. Public access to the lake is available from Bandera County Park on the north side of the lake at the end of Park Road 37 in Plum Creek Cove.

The nearest major Texas cities are: Austin, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Laredo, San Antonio

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29.5655253° Latitude    -98.95684° Longitude (WGS84/NAD83; decimal degrees)
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The park is open seasonally for day use activities only.


A park entrance fee is charged per day. Contact the park for specific fee information.

Jet ski, boat launch and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.

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Official Contact Information

The County Park is managed by the Bandera County Texas.

Bandera County Texas Bandera County Medina Lake Park
Park Road 37
Bandera, TX