Texas Brazos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Waco : Lake Waco Wetlands

American Mink - Photo by Sheri Hermick

The Lake Waco Wetlands is one of the only wetlands of its kind in Central Texas. The wetlands provides habitat for many animal, insect and plant species, it also aids in the protection of floods and improves water quality. It is fast becoming a popular bird watching destination and a valuable educational resource by the use of the living classroom, which is the working wetland.

A thriving ecosystem along the shores of the North Bosque River, the 174-acre Lake Waco Wetlands gives visitors a chance to see nature at its finest. From wetland marshes to groves of hardwoods and cedars, the Wetlands’ diverse habitat is home to scores of birds, fox, deer, and a variety of plants and trees indigenous to Central Texas. Over 185 species of birds have been spotted at the Wetlands. The Research and Education Center located at the Wetlands hosts many workshops and tells the story of the value of wetlands to the health of our water supply.


  • 1752 Eichelberger Crossing
  • Waco , Texas
  • 76633


Hours & Fees

  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and alternating Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Free

Map & Directions

From Interstate 35 take the Highway 330 exit west. Continue for approximately ten miles to the intersection of Highway 6 & FM 185. Turn right on FM 185 and continue for about one mile then turn left on Eichelberger Crossing Road. The Lake Waco Wetlands Research and Education Center will be on your right.