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Lake Texana

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Lake Texana - Edna, Texas

Photos by Lynn Haist
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   Named for a historic Texas town, Lake Texana is Texas Gator - Lake Texana, Edna, Texas located in the coastal region along U.S. Route 59 about midway between Houston and Corpus Christi. Lake Texana Park, first opened in May 1981, offers lake access, campgrounds and plenty of outdoor recreation. With the majority of focus on water related activity, the 575 acres of parkland's mix of pine, pecan and oaks, come in at a distant second. But this cooling tree canopy offers hikers and Largemouth Bass picnickers a bit of relief from the hot Texas sun. The park's deer, raccoons, a few bobcat and turkeys also rely of this forest habitat.
   Covering 11,000 acres, the lake see plenty of boaters, jet skiers, and anglers. Large pockets of hydrilla, bull's tongue and duckweed, along with partly submerged trees and stumps, offer superb cover for bass and catfish. Here the crappie fishing is regarded as excellent. During the 1990s new regulations swept through the South restricting black bass catches to a minimum of 14 inches and a daily bag limit of five. The hope was that these measures would promote the largemouth bass populations. Here in Lake Texana and The Jungle, an exceptional day's catch may qualify as a Texas lunker.

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