San Angelo State Park
|San Angelo State Park|
|Location||Tom Green County, Texas|
|Nearest city||San Angelo|
|Area||7,677 acres (3,107 ha)|
|Governing body||Texas Parks and Wildlife Department|
San Angelo State Park is a Texas state park in San Angelo, Texas in the United States. It encompasses 7,677 acres (3,107 ha) leased by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department from the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It opened in 1995 and is located on the shores of the O.C. Fisher Reservoir.
The O.C. Fisher Reservoir was completed in 1952 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers with assistance from the Upper Colorado River Authority for the purpose of flood control and to provide secondary source of drinking water for San Angelo and the surrounding communities. The land surrounding it, which now makes up the area of the park, was leased to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and opened as San Angelo State Park in 1995. Native Americans, according to archeological findings, had lived in the area for 18,000 years starting with Paleo-American hunters of giant Ice Age mammals. European Americans arrived in the early 16th century establishing missions for the resident Jumano Indians.
Facilities at the park include six enclosed air-conditioned and heated mini-cabins and numerous campsites with water and electricity, picnic table and grills and nearby restroom facilities. The park also has over 50 miles of developed trails suitable for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use along with 10 horse pens. Boat ramps are available and a fishing dock was constructed.
A small herd of American bison and part of the Official Texas State Longhorn Herd are kept at the park.
Some of the recreational opportunities offered on the site include camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, fishing and lake swimming. With a State Park Annual Hunting Permit deer and turkey hunting is permitted.
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: San Angelo State Park
- San Angelo Outdoors: San Angelo State Park
- Friends of San Angelo State Park
- Home movie (c. 1973) of hang gliding in San Angelo State Park from the Jenkins Family Films from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image