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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 ParkA FREE boating permit is required from the Parks and Recreation Office to use water craft in certain Lubbock parks.   We can mail you one by calling 806-775-2673 or come by our office located at 1611 10th Street!

Sailboats, canoes, kayaks and rafts may only be used on the following parks:
  • Maxey Lake - 24th Street and Quaker Avenue
  • Elmore Lake - 66th Street and Quaker Avenue
  • Leftwich Lake - 60th Street and Elgin Avenue
  • Jim Bertram Lake System from Buddy Holly Recreation Area west of North University to Dunbar Historical Lake east of MLK, Jr. Blvd.
Boating Rules
  1. Only non-motorized boats are allowed in these lakes.
  2. Battery-operated electric or trolling motors are allowed only on lakes in the Jim Bertram Lake System.
  3. No homemade rafts are permitted.
  4. Coast Guard approved life preservers must be worn.
  5. Boating hours are from sunrise to sunset.