At Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center in Houston, visitors have the chance to enjoy all kinds of outdoor fun. On the lake, visitors to Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center can boat and fish, as well as observe wildlife. Fishing from the banks do not require a fishing license and is permitted year-round.
On land, the park offers a half-mile self-guided nature trail where hikers can view 28 naturalized ponds with alligators and other wildlife. There are two fishing ponds open to children and families (catch and release only). The park also has an 82-foot observation tower where guests can ascend to the top and view the panoramic view of the lake and surrounding wetland area. In the distance, guests can also see the Houston skyline and San Jacinto monument.
The park is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM; the lake, banks, and levees are open from sunrise to sunset. There is no cost for admission and no overnight visits are permitted. If you bring your dog with you, make sure to follow all the park’s rules and guidelines set for your pet’s and the local wildlife’s protection.
Your pet must be under your physical control at all times, either inside a crate or on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. Alligators do reside inside the park so always be cautious on the trails and give alligators a minimum of 30 feet of space. Do not allow your pet to swim or drink from any water in alligator territory.
As with any other Texas park or public recreation area, always clean up after yourself and your pet, and don’t forget to bring waste bags. Don’t bring any dog with prior aggressive issues or one that barks excessively. Make sure you also have proof of current rabies vaccine.
Pets may never be left unattended, and make sure to pay attention to all posted signs where dogs may not be permitted. If you’re in the Houston area and are looking to check out wildlife or take your family on a day trip, make a stop at Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center.