Recreation Options


The City of Houston, Harris County Precinct 3, and Fort Bend County operate day time recreational facilities within Addicks and Barker reservoirs. All facilities are open to the public, unless noted. No reservations are necessary, but the group shelters located in Bear Creek and Cullen Park do require reservations. For information on specific park information, contact the appropriate operating agency.


All of our trails are a big hit at Addicks and Barker reservoirs. There are many miles of scenic trails that provide unlimited opportunities for walking-hiking based recreation.


Our newest park addition is the Millie Bush Bark Park located in George Bush Park, which is in Barker Reservoir. The doggies and their owners love this area. Addicks Reservoir, has the Bill Archer Dog Park.

Sports Facilities

If you are looking for a more developed recreation facility, Bear Creek Park, located in Addicks Reservoir and operated by Harris County Precinct 3, is the place to go. It is a complex, heavily wooded park with a wealth of recreational facilities such as:

-A 54-hole golf course
-Tennis and bocce ball courts
-Soccer, football, baseball, softball fields

Also located in Bear Creek Park are the Houston Farm and Ranch Club center, the Texas A&M Agricultural Extension center and the Bear Creek Community center. Park office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for holidays.

Harris County Precinct 3 also operates and maintains the George Bush Park located in Barker Reservoir. Other developed facilities located in Barker Reservoir include the American Shooting Range, a model airport, soccer and baseball fields, horse riding trails, and the Millie Bush Bark Park for doggies. For more information on Bear Creek Park or the George Bush Park, call (281-496-2177) or write to Harris County Precinct 3, Bear Creek Park, 15115 Clay Road, Houston  TX 77084.


There are two ranges for recreational shooting located in the reservoirs. The American Shooting Centers is located in Barker Reservoir in George Bush Park, and the Bayou Rifles range is located in Addicks Reservoir.


This great outdoor activity lures city folk to the reservoir waters. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy a relaxing moment on the banks of Buffalo Bayou. Expect to catch perch, channel catfish and carp!

Model Airplane Facility

Dick Scobee Field, George Bush Park, is the premiere facility for model airplane fliers, enthusiasts and builders in the Houston area. It is also home to the Bayou City Flyers Club.


Picnic areas are maintained at the various park facilities and provide tables and charcoal grills, at choice locations, for the public. In addition, picnic shelters are provided with picnic tables and grills at Bear Creek, George Bush and Cullen parks.

Wildlife Habitat/Aviary

Bear Creek Pioneers Park, operated by Harris County Precinct 3, offers visitors a chance to view and learn about various wildlife. The park is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.