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Lake Alan Henry, also known as Alan Henry Reservoir, is located in the Texas Panhandle Plains Region, about 45 miles south of Lubbock and four miles east of Justiceburg. Managed and operated by the City of Lubbock, Lake Alan Henry is a popular water oasis during long hot summers. The reservoir was created with the John T. Montford Dam, which was constructed in 1993 on the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River to provide future drinking water for the City of Lubbock.
A relatively new lake, the shoreline of Lake Alan Henry presents a pristine view with recent real estate development. Opportunities for a home on the lake are very good as new projects are being developed each year. In order to allow public access, the City of Lubbock purchased 580 acres along the shoreline and created the Sam Wahl Recreation Area. There is a four-lane boat ramp open all year and courtesy docks along the shore. Facilities include primitive campsites, self-contained RV campsites, restrooms, handicap access, parking, picnic areas, and hiking.
Sam Wahl Wildlife Mitigation Area, also part of Lake Alan Henry, was set aside to enhance wildlife habitat in the Texas Panhandle. Due to the flooding of approximately 3,000 acres of existing wildlife habitat, management of this area was required. There is limited access to the wildlife area for hiking, nature photography, and wildlife observation, but you must get advance permission from the City of Lubbock to visit the wildlife mitigation area.
Fish for largemouth bass, which are the most prevalent species in Alan Henry Reservoir. Several lunker-size (13 pounds or larger) fish have been caught and entered in the Budweiser ShareLunker program. In additional to largemouth, Lake Alan Henry is stocked with Alabama spotted bass, crappie, channel catfish, and flathead catfish. Check the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website for special fishing regulations on black bass and spotted bass. Because the lake is very narrow and the shoreline very steep, it's best to fish along the shore under the rock structures and in the flooded timber for your best chance at landing that next lunker.
Lake Alan Henry extends 11 miles through the rocky sides of the Brazos River channel with 56 miles of shoreline. Besides being one of the premier bass fishing lakes in Texas, Lake Alan Henry offers boating, jet skiing, water skiing, camping, hunting, birding, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Future plans for the lake area include a visitor's center, improved camping areas, and hiking trails to complete the Recreational Trail. The trail provides benches and interpretive nature signs for visitors. The overlook near the main park road is the highest point in the park and offers great views of Alan Henry Reservoir and the surrounding area.
Lubbock, only 45 miles north, is home to Texas Tech University and the Buddy Holly Center. Also in Lubbock are the Wind Power Museum and the Silent Wings Museum (a museum that honors the U.S. Army Air Forces Glider Program), and vacation rentals.
Lake Alan Henry, with its remote location and distinct terrain, offers some of the best bass fishing, the most rugged trails, and the most beautiful scenery in the Texas Panhandle. Camp near the lake and watch as the wide Texas Plains stretch on forever and ever.
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