Although we could see them very clearly with Birdie's big telescope and binoculars, you are just going to have to take my word that they are on the shore in this picture as my camera just couldn't get a clear shot that far away. You may see some white specs on the sandbar on the right side of the photo. There were six pelicans there.
During our visit around the lake, we also saw 3 Great Blue Herons, 1 Great Egret, and 4 Double Crested Cormorants in addition to American Wigeons, several Gull species, and Coots, Malards, and another type of ducks. Birdwise, it was a pretty good day!
The entire shoreline of Granger Lake is either a wildlife area (4 different ones) or a Corp of Engineer park (3 different ones). We saw the whooping cranes while we were right next to the south end of the dam so they were on the shore of the Sore Finger or San Gabriel Wildlife areas. First we visited the COE Hdqtrs and checked out the historical marker in front of it.
The largest of the COE parks, Wilson H. Fox Park is currently closed for renovation work and is scheduled to reopen in April. We got to check out Taylor Park and Willis Creek Park.
The sites are nice with paved surfaces, a great picnic table cover, water and 30 Amp electric.
The only downside was that the water views were obstructed by a lot of underbrush but there was a good hiking trail down below.
these great views with lots of birds on the water.
Due to the droughts in Texas, the lake levels are low and many boat launches are unusable but the one at Taylor is open. There is also a dump station in the park, restrooms, and a playground. Rates are $18-22 (1/2 for National Park pass Golden Age/Seniors).
We also drove around to visit Willis Creek Park. We liked the layout of Taylor Park a little better but found a hidden, not advertised benefit at Willis Creek--4 of the sites have sewer connections! ($22 for these or half off that for seniors with the park pass).
After 1 Oct, you can stay 14 days at the COE parks and then get extensions so staying all winter is definitely possible.
All in all, we couldn't have asked for a better day. Hope you enjoyed riding along!