USACE to host in-person public open house review of the Bardwell Lake Master Plan revision

Fort Worth District, USACE
Published April 3, 2024

The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., April 10, 2024, at the Ennis Welcome Center, 201 North West Main Ennis, Texas 75119 to provide information and receive public input on the Bardwell Lake Master Plan and Environmental Assessment.

The meeting will begin with a brief presentation at 4:00 p.m. followed by an open house for the public to view the proposed land use maps, ask questions, and provide comments about the project. If unable to attend the in-person meeting, documents will be provided for comment at the website listed below.

Documents posted for online public review include:

  • Draft Revised Master Plan with Environmental Assessment
  • 1974 Master Plan for Bardwell Lake
  • Comment Form
  • Downloadable Presentation

USACE defines the Master Plan as the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resource development project. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the Master Plan.

The Master Plan study area includes Bardwell Lake proper and all adjacent recreational and natural resource properties under USACE administration. Bardwell Lake is a multi-purpose reservoir constructed and managed for flood control and water conservation. The current Master Plan for Bardwell Lake is dated 1974. The revision is needed to address changes in regional land use, population, outdoor recreation trends, and USACE management policy. 

Key topics addressed in the Master Plan include updated land classifications, new natural and recreational resource management objectives, recreation facility needs, and special topics such as utility corridors and public hunting. The Master Plan does not address in detail the technical operational aspects of the reservoir related to the water supply, flood risk management, or shoreline management permitting missions of the project.

Comments may be submitted online by filling out the Comment Form and clicking on the link provided on the comment form or mailing comments to the address below. Only written comments will be accepted. The comment period begins April 11, 2024, and ends May 11, 2024. 

Questions pertaining to the Master Plan or public meeting can be addressed to: Dylan Mayfield, Lake Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 4000 Observation Drive Ennis, Texas 75119 or sent via email to

Pat Adelmann

Release no. 24-004