Fish and Wildlife Management

Consistent with management's goal's and objectives for wildlife management, as part of the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority's responsibility to provide public access to project lands, LNRA has created a Fish and Wildlife Resource Management Program.  As detailed below, this program includes Waterfowl Management Hunting, Youth Hunts, Fishing, and a Quail Restoration.


Waterfowl Management Hunting

Waterfowl hunting is now permitted on Lake Texana through the Waterfowl Management Hunting Program. Four areas below SH 111 and five areas above US 59 have been designated for duck hunting during the waterfowl season as designated by Texas Parks and Wildlife. These waterfowl hunting areas are available on a lease basis only.  Area selection will be based on a draw system and is only open to Jackson County residents.

 Entry Form for and Rules and Regulations for the 2019-2020 are linked below:

Duck Hunting Entry Form 2020-2021

Duck Hunting Program Rules 2020-2021

Youth Hunting

The Texas Youth Hunting Program was established to increase the number of youth participating in wildlife and hunting activities.  The Authority began participating in 2006. Over 50 youth participants have harvested doe, spikes, hogs, and other wildlife.  Lavaca-Navidad River Authority offers 2 youth hunts per year, typically in October and January, and is open to the youth of Jackson, Lavaca and Wharton Counties.  If you are interested in participating, please contact our Texas Youth Hunting Program representatives, Harry and Shirley O'Dell, at 361-782-8730 or visit the Texas Youth Hunting Program website at

Each year, 5-10 youth are chosen to hunt on LNRA project lands.  The youth must complete a hunter safety course and be supervised at a shooting range for safety purposes.  They must also carry a current Texas Parks and Wildlife hunting licence.  After the harvest of an animal, the youth participates in processing the animal and takes the animal home.

The weekend begins on Friday evening with everyone arriving and getting set up at camp.  The hunts take place on Saturday morning, Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  In between hunts, presentations and trainings are provided on some aspect of hunting.  All meals are provided and anyone participating must camp onsite for the duration of the weekend.

Quail Restoration

The quail population in Jackson County has been on a decline for a long period of time due largely to habitat degradation. Other factors affecting quail populations through time are drought and predation. The Lavaca Navidad River Authority started its quail restoration program in the spring of 2005 to help stop this slide and bring back the once harmonic call of the bobwhite quail. Birds are hatched on River Authority property and raised in outdoor pens where they learn to prosper on their own before being released into the wild around Lake Texana.

Quail are ground nesting birds. Unlike most birds which prefer elevated structure for nesting sites, quail find clumps of grass to build their nest. The incubation time for quail is 21 to 23 days. At the Lavaca Navidad River Authority, quail are hatched in an incubator at the main office. In late winter or early spring, a thousand eggs are placed in an incubator and allowed to mature at a temperature of 99.5 degrees. The incubator holds the temperature constant and turns the eggs every three hours so the growing embryo does not stick to one side. On the 21st day the eggs are candled to see if a viable embryo is in the egg. Candling is simply holding a flashlight to the egg in a dark room to see if a young bird can be seen. The eggs hatch on the 22nd or 23rd day with an average hatch rate of 73%. As the birds get older they are allowed to venture outside and learn to fend for themselves. Recall cones are stationed around the pen to allow access back into the pen at night if the birds so desire. After six weeks of traversing outside the pen, the birds are permanently relocated to new homes.

Over the years, Lavaca Navidad River Authority has released over 3,000 birds into the wild. The program started out only releasing birds on Lavaca Navidad River Authority property but has branched out into neighboring properties that have suitable habitat for quail survival.


Fishing on Lake Texana

Lake Texana is open to anyone for fishing.  The lake can be accessed by boat through any one of our 10 boat ramps.  For shoreline fishing, visitors have access to the lake at Brackenridge Park, Texana Park or boat ramps.  Anyone fishing on Lake Texana must hold a current Texas Parks and Wildlife fishing licence and must follow all Texas Parks and Wildlife Regulations.

Game fish found on Lake Texana include Catfish (blue, channel and yellow), Blue Gills, Crappie, Large Mouth Bass, White Bass, and Alligator Gar.

Bow fishing is also allowed on Lake Texana.  Those interested must obtain a permit from Lavaca-Navidad River Authority's main office prior to bow fishing.  Bow fishing is allowed north of HWY 111, which includes the Mustang Creek, Sandy Creek and Navidad River.  Only species of gar and other rough fish may be taken by bow fishing.  Permittees are required to notify LNRA or LNRA Security prior to entering the designated bow fishing areas.

All visitors accessing Lake Texana shall comply with all the rules and Ordinances of the Authority.  In addition, visitors  shall comply with all local, state and federal game and boating safety laws, rules and/or regulations.