CRMWD Natural Resources

Recreation

 

O. H. Ivie Reservoir

The O.H. Ivie Reservoir was completed in early 1990 and caught enough water by the May 19 dedication to give some concept of the lake. The next two years were unusually wet for the region, with significant inflows. The Ivie Reservoir filled by June 1992 and it has remained half full or better in spite of more than a decade of drought that began in 1993.

Wildflowers are usually beautiful and often spectacular around the reservoir and it is popular for camping, hiking and wildlife viewing. Hunting, which is allowed on nearby Wildlife Management Areas, is prohibited around the reservoir and the deer are frequent visitors that are somewhat less wary than in other surroundings.

The Ivie Reservoir is a large lake, very popular with fishermen for its bass, catfish and walleyes population. It is home to at least four large fishing tournaments each year, including the KDCY/San Angelo Bass Busters Open, the San Angelo Bass Club Open and benefit tournaments for Make-A-Wish Foundation (sponsored by the Permian Basin Oilmenís Association) and Special Olympics.

The District has three Parks, Concho Park on the south shore of the lake, Kennedy Park near the dam and Padgitt Park on the north shore. Day, annual or senior vehicle permits can be purchased for access to the Districtís modern facilities and restrooms, camp sites and pavilions with fire pits at all three parks. Privately owned concessions and lodging are also located at or near the parks.

District regulations and ordinances pertaining to lots, boating, private docks and more are available in the official Rules and Regulations document.

Access to the Reservoir:

From Ballinger - (25 miles) US Hwy 83 south to FM 1929 east

From Coleman - (34 miles) State Hwy 206 to US Hwy 67 west to FM 503 south