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Status: Open through Tue Sep 30 2014   Season Dates


High View Park is on a long peninsula on the western shore of Bardwell Lake, less than an hour south of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in north-central Texas.

The lake has favorable fish and wildlife habitats, providing plenty of opportunities for fishing and hunting, and great locations for camping, boating and hiking. Deer, armadillo, rabbit, squirrel and a variety of bird species inhabit the area.

Natural Features:

The park is grassy and partially forested with a mix of shade and sun. The lake's cool, blue water provides a refreshing break from the Texas heat, while bluebonnets and other wildflowers surround the lakeshore each spring.


Many local fishermen consider Bardwell Lake one of the best kept secrets in the state. Bass fishermen seldom leave empty-handed. Crappie fishing is moderate, and catfish are usually excellent.

The lake has a marina with fishing piers, two of which are enclosed (a small fee is charged for the use of these facilities), and there are several designated hunting areas around the lake, including those for duck hunting.


High View Park offers 21 campsites with water and 50-amp electric hookups, 18 campsites with water and 30-amp electric hookups, 10 picnic sites and one reservable group picnic pavilion, accommodating up to 50 people.

A swimming area with covered benches, a full-service marina, four-lane boat ramp and a courtesy dock make access to the lake easy. While public restrooms with showers help provide a comfortable camping experience.

Nearby Attractions:

Numerous amenities, as well as cultural and historical attractions, lie in the nearby cities of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Marina
  • Picnic Tables
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • The entrance station is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
  • Visitors with a pink "visitor" car pass must exit the park by 10 p.m.
  • Swimming pools are not allowed
  • Nothing may be nailed to trees or other plants.
  • A permit is required for special events or activities occurring in the park; applications must be submitted 10 days prior to the event; contact Bardwell Lake Office at 972-875-5711 for more information, Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Multiple site rentals may be made by advance reservation only
  • All vehicle passes must be returned to the gate house upon final departure and check-out
  • Reservations made with a discount pass require the pass and proper photo ID upon check-in and re-entering the facility; Click here to learn more about discount passes
  • Boats are subject to inspection for Zebra mussels, an invasive aquatic species; Click here to learn more.
  • Marina and boat ramp access are available year round

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
32.27139, -96.66778
32°16'17"N, 96°40'4"W

From Ennis, Texas: From Interstate 45, exit onto U.S. Highway 287 Bypass (Exit #247). Travel 4.5 miles and exit at the Bardwell Lake exit sign. Turn left onto Highway 34 and go 2.5 miles southwest. After crossing the Bardwell Lake bridge, take the first left onto High View Park Road. Travel 0.2-mile to the High View Park entrance station.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ENNIS TX 75119

Phone Number:

Information: (972)875-5711