Prairie Dog Gone It! Where’s the Dang’Ol Spring Fishery?! || Lake Arrowhead State Park (TX)

 

Being a remote worker or “digital nomad” can come with SOME drawbacks, but it also offers many advantages!

As I travel on to west Texas for Thanksgiving holiday time with family, I am scheduled for a department meeting mid-route. I initially was simply going to find a library in Wichita Falls, TX to use their wifi and avoid the “vehicle meeting”.

However, GPS says I will arrive 7 minutes prior to meeting time. Meanwhile, I see a brown sign reading…

LAKE ARROWHEAD STATE PARK NEXT RIGHT…

Time to make a quick decision!

Do I risk not having a strong enough signal to use my personal wifi hotspot?

Orrr…

Do I go the safe route and waive an opportunity to explore nature following the session?

I didn’t have any reason to believe that this risk would be too high seeing that I was only 15 minutes drive from Wichita Falls and that there weren’t any sudden Texas mountains that had sprung up since my last time through so…

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As you can see I chose the park and took the exit. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have anything to write about regarding this.

Glad I did!

I had my meeting with the “wilderness” in the background.

My hotspot had reception and served the bandwidth necessary for streaming video conference.

NIIIICCE!!


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Back to the Park

Meeting over. Time to hit the road?

Well, yes I do need to. But first! What is around me?

My first wander about was down the trail in the image seen above. Not too shabby (or is it shrubby?).


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This, my friend, is a wonderful convenience offered among the ranks of remote workers, digital nomads, resourceful roamers, and hustlin’ hobos. 

Did he just say hustlin’ hobo? Yes, I did.

People do indeed still use day-workers and Craigslist ads…

Let’s not forget the workampers, seasonal harvesters, amazon fulfillment associates, resort staff, festival vendors, and volunteers galore.

No one ever said freedom was free…



Right… anyway, back to the park 🙂

 

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This park is known to contain a wide variety of fresh-water fish, water fowl, and an uncommon community of real-estate-rich ground squirrel, the prairie dog.

 

 

Although these cute burrowing brownies were spread throughout the picnic table pavilions and appeared to be a somewhat welcoming community. I made sure not to feed them as I have no idea if their mom would get upset for having dessert before dinner…

I would not want my new friends to get… wait for it…  wait for it… GROUNDED. (chuckles to self in hopes that he is not the only one with a slapstick sense of humor)

You can learn more about these species and many others at the click of a button. Texas Parks and Wildlife provides an extensive list of Wildlife Fact Sheets for species found in the state.

The species shown in the video below may only be a cousin to our friends mentioned above but they do lead an interesting life!


 

To be even more accommodating, Texas Parks and Wildlife has also created a featured Interactive Trail Map. Use this to find joy. 



Not the type to want to fiddle with technology and just want a trail map?

No sweat, here’s your sign! (click below)

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Lake Arrowhead is recognized as a premier white crappie lake and known to be quite busy come Spring. 

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White crappie are known around these here parts as quite the tasty treat. Here’s how to clean it and cook it up if you manage to get a few of these into your “boat”.

 


WILL I NEED A LICENSE TO CATCH FISH?

You can find the answer to this and all other kinds of general fishing regulations HERE.

The short answer is YES, you will need a fishing license with one caveat.

Lake Arrowhead State Park is in fact one of the 70+ state parks in Texas where you can fish from pier or shore – no license required! 

It’s also good to know, for those of you bringing family along, that children under the age of 16 do not require a fishing license.

If you want to go beyond the shores of a state park and fish from a boat, you will need a license which can be procured at local Wal-marts, sporting goods stores, bait shops, or by any other retailer you are able to find by clicking HERE or the search box below.

FISHING LICENSE DEALER

Please do your part here and everywhere else to keep OUR waterways clean!

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There are also other cool services out there such as fishidy.com to optimize your adventure!

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Okay, so we have talked about the wildlife and regulations to abide by should you desire to interact with nature’s “children”.

We are not done letting you know what else they have to offer!

As of today’s knowledge, Lake Arrowhead State Park is currently the ONLY park within the Texas Parks & Wildlife program with a Disc Golf Course!

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NIIIICCE!!

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Below are some suggested items to bring with you for your outdoor adventure:



ADMITTANCE FEES

I should not fail to mention admittance fees and my personal method for exploring Texas State Park’s on whim.

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To avoid, unexpected expenditures and to accommodate the fact that I visit Texas State Parks on a regular basis. I bite the $70 bullet, and invest in the annual pass.

Texas State Parks Pass


I have done this for about 3 years in a row now and must say, it makes visiting state parks all the more appealing when I know I can spontaneously make a decision to go while offering free entry to as many friends as I can fit in my car as well!

There are additional types of passes offered by the state for:

  • Seniors
  • Veterans
  • Disabled
  • Youth

You can find out more about these and others by going HERE. Or if you would rather save some time and just get your annual pass on its way, you can purchase one by going HERE.



WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO KNOW?

I would say at this point, I only need to know what else is around me such as closest “natural” civilization, watering hole, and supermarket. Some others might afford the ability to even spend more time in the area than I was able allowing them to see what the Texas town of Wichita Falls is all about.

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Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

RIVER BEND NATURE CENTER
2200 3rd StWichita Falls, TX 

 

RBNC Website


 

THE FALLS IN LUCY PARK
Sunset DriveWichita Falls, TX

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The Falls Website


 

PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME
712 8th StWichita Falls, TX 

STING

PWHF Website



If all this, hasn’t gotten you excited to be in Texas yet don’t worry! You aren’t too far from Oklahoma which is a beautiful state all of its own.

We hope to be able to share some of our experiences with you there and many more locations to come!



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