"Barker Reservoir - Part I" Barker Reservoir Tip by WFTR

Barker Reservoir, Houston: 6 reviews and 0 photos

Barker Reservoir is a large flood control area on the west side of Houston between Houston and Katy. The reservoir has been formed by the erection of an earthen dam maybe thirty or fifty feet high between the flood plain and Highway 6. Buffalo Bayou enters from the west and meanders through this area before going under the dam and continuing towards the east. The north boundary of this area is formed as the dam makes a 90-degree turn and continues towards the west a little ways south of I-10. To the south, the dam makes another westward turn of about 45 degrees and follows another branch of Westheimer. Eventually, the dam becomes smaller and eventually ends.

There are varying amounts of development within the reservoir. The north end is pretty rustic with just a few mud and gravel roads penetrating a short distance into the trees and brush. The area near Briar Forest Road has a single mud and gravel road running into the reservoir. This road continues for a couple of miles with several branches. These branches generally lead to tankage of some kind. Further south, the place is a developed a little. A commercial shooting range is located along another branch of Westheimer that crosses the dam and goes through the reservoir. There are numerous soccer fields and a couple of nice little parks. The top of the dam has a gravel path along its entire length.

Technically, the whole place is a flood plain, and all activities in it have to be considered in light of the fact that heavy rains, particularly over an extended period of time, turn it into a swamp. However, there are many times when it is dry enough for walking, biking, or horseback riding. I'll describe a few of the sights and activities available during these times.

Address: West Side Of Houston
Directions: Between Houston and Katy

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  • Written Dec 9, 2002
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