Wetlands

Where are the wetlands located?

Adjacent to the Richland-Chambers Lake dam on the north side of Highway 287, approximately 25 miles Southeast of Corsicana, Texas. The wetlands are located on the Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area. GPS Coordinates: 31°58’09.8″N 96°05’01.3″W

What is the general purpose of the wetlands?

The George W. Shannon Wetlands are a water supply project built to meet growing water demands in TRWD’s service area. Wetlands also play a number of roles in the environment, including water purification, flood control and provide habitats for wildlife.

Who owns the wetlands

A partnership was formed between TRWD and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) to create the George W. Shannon Wetlands. TRWD funded construction and currently manages the wetland system for water supply. TPWD operates the wetlands and surrounding property for recreational public use.

What is the flow of water?

TRWD customers discharge water into the Trinity River from wastewater facilities. The water travels down the Trinity River where it is then diverted into the wetland system for treatment and then pumped into Richland Chambers Reservoir. Water is then pumped west through TRWD’s pipeline to Tarrant County where it helps meet the demands of TRWD customers.

How do I know if the wetland is open?

Contact Texas Parks & Wildlife Department at (903) 389-7080.

Can I tour the wetlands?

Yes. The wetlands are open to the public year round. We recommend planning a tour from mid-February through May. There are no facilities available for 10 miles. It’s recommended to bring any needed food/drinks for your group. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department requires daily registration for all visitors. A Limited Public Use Permit or an Annual Public Hunting permit can be obtained through their website.

What is the average water depth?

Each wetland cell has deep water zones that are approximately 6’ deep. The remaining marsh area of the wet cells are 6-12” deep.

Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 548.45 550.00 -1.55
Benbrook 683.99 694.00 -10.01
Bridgeport 831.32 836.00 -4.68
Cedar Creek 319.81 322.00 -2.19
Eagle Mountain 647.23 649.00 -1.77
Lake Worth 592.13 594.00 -1.87
Richland-Chambers 311.71 315.00 -3.29
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
For more information read our daily reports or the TRWD Lake Level Blog.

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