This 240 square-foot, fully ADA accessible platform located at the lakeside in the Elm
Lake picnic area, will elevate visitors above one of the park’s largest lakes, giving
them an increased opportunity to view various species of wildlife including birds engaging
in the their daily activities. A future addition to the platform will consist of identification
panels of common bird species. The platform’s elevation will also make it easier to
view basking alligators on nearby islands, not normally within view from ground level. Since
its completion in early June 2011, park staff and volunteers have used the platform for conducting
wildlife observation programs for the general public. The platform compliments the Creekfield
Lake All-Access Interpretive Trail, plus the Elm Lake and 40-Acre Lake Trail System in providing
nature viewing opportunities for all. Handicap-accessible fishing piers, picnic areas, and
campsites are also available to park visitors.
This nature viewing platform was funded by donations to the Brazos Bend State Park
Volunteer Organization and by funds that the organization generates through ongoing
operations within the park. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provided funding
for overall project management. This project is an excellent example of using partnerships
to leverage limited state funds for the benefit of the citizens of Texas.
Brazos Bend State Park is a 5,000-acre “island of natural diversity” southwest of Houston that managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to conserve natural and cultural resources, provide recreational
and educational opportunities, and fosters an understanding of the diversity of Texas' lands
and heritage for all generations.