Lake Mackenzie, located on Highway 207 between the towns of Silverton and Claude, came into existence in the 1970s when the state dammed Tule Creek Canyon. This is the same region as the infamous Battle of Palo Duro Canyon during the Indian Wars of the mid-19th century. The lake is named after the Colonel that took control of the Canyon from the Comanche, Cheyenne and Kiowa.
Native American artifacts discovered in the area include arrowheads, tools, and animal remains. Tule Canyon is part of Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the United States. Many people feel this is the most beautiful area in Texas.
Mackenzie Lake is a 2,386-acre park, owned by the Mackenzie Municipal Water Authority. Visitors enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking and camping here. The park surrounding the lake is also very popular with mountain bike and ATV riders, as many trails surround the lake. Bonus fact: The only quartz quarry in this part of the United States is located near the reservoir.
Fishing at Lake Mackenzie
The lake is stocked with fish by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Breeds include: catfish, crappie, bass (white, largemouth and smallmouth) hybrid stripers, walleye and perch. In order to fish a Mackenzie, fisherman must have a valid Texas fishing license.
ATV & Mountain Biking at Lake Mackenzie
There are over 35 miles of ATV trails around Mackenzie. Get a map and condition report from Mackenzie Bait and Tackle shop. For mountainbikers, there is at least one creek crossing and an abundance of challenging climbs and descents to enjoy.
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