Braunig Lake Park
San Antonio, Texas (Bexar County)
About the Reservoir
Located on the shores of 1,350-acre Braunig Lake, a reservoir owned by CPS Energy, the park is managed by Thousand Trails Management Services. Braunig Lake, like its larger neighbor Calaveras Lake, is noted for its fishing and boating opportunities. Fish species found in the lake include: blue catfish, channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass and redfish (red drum), with the latter being the most prevalent. Boat ramps, boat rentals, lighted fishing piers and a fish cleaning station are available.
Picnic beneath an old oak tree
The park also offers opportunities for tent camping (RV campsites are coming soon), picnicking, birding and nature study. Although there are no formal hiking trails in the park, visitors will find ample opportunities to stretch their legs and explore. Facilities include covered picnic tables and restrooms. A 75-person capacity pavilion with electricity and restrooms is available for group gatherings; call the park for reservations and availability. A children's play area is located adjacent to the pavilion.
Wildlife viewing opportunities in the park include white-tail deer, small mammals, songbirds, migratory and wading birds. Among the bird species observed in the park are: great egret, American coot, tri-colored heron, common moorhen, least grebe, American white pelican, red-winged blackbird, marsh wren, crested caracara, double-crested cormorant and Harris' hawk. Springtime visitors to Braunig Park are treated to wildflowers such as Indian paintbrush and Texas lupine (bluebonnet).
Explanation of Symbols Campsites/Overnight Facilities 1 star Leashed Pets Permitted? YES Picnic Areas/Playgrounds 1 star Solitude 2 star Trail System 0 star Water Recreation 3 star Wildlife 2 star Ratings are based on a scale of 0 (low) to 4 (high).
Wild Texas NotebookOne interesting fact about Braunig and Calaveras Lakes is why they were built. In the mid-1960's, San Antonio's growing power needs coincided with a 6+ year drought. City Public Service (CPS), the local electric & gas utility, was faced with a challenge -- generate more power, while using less water from the Edwards Underground Aquifer, the city's sole source of drinking water. Sound easy? According to the U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS), "producing electrical power is
one of the largest uses of waterin the United States."
CPS built two new electric power plants and two man-made cooling lakes (Braunig and Calaveras). The power plants are cooled with recycled water which is then released into the lakes, eliminating a significant demand on the city's fresh water resources. Today, the lakes provide cooling for five power plants while offering 4,900 acres of recreational opportunities and important fish and wildlife habitat.
Covered picnic tables with BBQ grills
For more information, read our trip reports:
Wildflowers and Water
The nearest major Texas cities are: Austin, Del Rio, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston
Park entrance fees paid at Braunig Lake Park are good for same-day admission to nearby Calaveras Lake Park.
Campsite, boat access, and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.
|Braunig Lake Park
17500 Donop Road
San Antonio, Texas 78223