Fishing and Boating

Fishing at Mae Simmons ParkMany of the parks in the City of Lubbock park system contain playa lakes, and families are encouraged to bring out their kids and grandkids, enjoy a picnic and fish in our parks!  Catch and Release is strongly encouraged so that everyone can enjoy fishing in our parks.

Some of Lubbock's park lakes are periodically stocked with fish by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TWPD).Species include bass, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Information below is courtesy of TWPD!  All stockings of fish are subject to change due to fish availability and lake conditions.

Fishing Regulations

Adults and youth fishing in Lubbock's parks must follow all Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's regulations including the possession of a current Texas Fishing License.  Link to: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for more information.

Boating Regulations

Canoeing at Mackenzie ParkWhile boating in Lubbock parks, please follow these regulations:

Sailboats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, and rafts may be used on Andrews, Buster Long, Clapp, Dupree, Elmore, Higinbotham, Leftwich, Maxey and Jim Bertram Canyon Lakes under the following conditions:
  1. Only battery (electric) powered motors may be used.
  2. No homemade rafts.
  3. Coast Guard approved life preservers must be worn.
  4. Boating hours are from sunrise to sunset.
Boating Permit
A FREE boating permit is required from the Parks and Recreation Office or website to use water craft in Lubbock City Parks. To receive a boating permit by mail, call 806-775-2673.  To pick up a boating permit, come by the Parks and Recreation Office located at 1611 10th Street.  To complete and print an online boating permit, click on the link below:


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