I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
A Park With a Lake
Beautiful Bane Park is one of many in Harris County Precinct 4. Any park containing a lake always grabs my attention! My paternal grandmother lived on a sizable lake in Okauchee, Wisconsin. Our family got to swim there in the summers and ice skate during the winter. It is a fond memory of my early childhood years.
While the Lions Club Lake is a mere five acres, it still transports me back in memory to earlier days. No boating or swimming is permitted, but fishing is allowed.
Fishing in Bane Park
My husband and I saw several people fishing on the day of our first visit to this park. One gentleman pulled out his phone and showed me a photo of a large bass that he had caught earlier that day. Any bass caught are on a catch and release basis, but other fish caught (within limits) can be taken home.
In this community lake, fishing is by pole and line only. Anyone older than 17 must have a Texas fishing license with a freshwater stamp.
The lake is stocked once a year by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with rainbow trout. This stocking of the lake usually happens early in the year. In 2016, the stocking of 2,400 adult rainbow trout took place. Stocking of other local lakes takes place around the same time. According to a gentleman working for the parks department, it only takes about three days for the numerous fishermen to catch the rainbow trout each season.
Five trout per person per day is allowed. For catfish of twelve inches or more in length, three is the daily limit per person. There is no limit on bluegill. Other fish in this Lions Club lake include tilapia and sunfish.
Walking around this lake was fun. We saw lots of wildlife. A Great Egret caught a couple of young girl’s attention. It later took flight and perched up high in a tree. An abundance of various types of waterfowl was evident.
There were loads of pigeons in the park! They are undoubtedly happy residents always on the lookout for scraps of food from people having picnics.
As we were walking along one section of the lake, we spotted several nutrias. Their official name is Myocastor coypus. At first, I thought that they might be muskrats, but after doing some online research, it was apparent that they were nutrias. The color of their incisor teeth and white muzzles made identification easy.
The playground areas for kids are lovely! There are even educational features worked into the mix. Notice the small cylindrical items with the names and shapes of the states in the collection of photos below. There are many such teaching tools along with playtime for kiddos in this park. I am sure that adults can learn as well! They manually swivel around to enable viewing the other side from a standstill position.
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The rock climbing wall in this particular park is child-sized.
There are quite a few pavilions in Bane Park, and they are all on a first-come, first-serve basis. It was a crisp winter day when we visited mid-week. I am sure that on weekends they are all well utilized. There is one park gazebo in addition to all of the covered pavilions.
Picnic tables are abundant in sheltered locations as well as out in the open.
Only one of the two lighted ball fields was in use on the day of our visit. The beach volleyball court was not in use at the time of our visit, nor was the horseshoe pit. Weekends are probably a different story!
A splash pad is also one of the amenities, along with restrooms.
Trails and Signage
All around the lake are paths that have wheelchair access. It is a very level walking surface. There are trails back in an adjacent wooded area where a person has to pay more attention to objects such as exposed roots, etc. These would not be wheelchair accessible.
Signs showcase a resident kind of turtle in this park. We did not spot any turtles or the resident yellow-bellied sapsucker that make holes in trees. All the other signs are next to shrubs or trees to help identify them.
Some of the signs described the following: Bald Cypress Tree, Water Oak Tree, Sassafras Tree, Sugar Hackberry Tree, Loblolly Pine Tree, and the Yaupon Holly. The latter can grow into a shrub or small tree. The last three mentioned were an Eagle Scout Project by Kenny Richards from Troop 271.
There were many paths back in the woods. We were just a few feet away from the ducks pictured below when walking in the wooded sections. They kept a wary eye on us as we passed but stayed where they were to continue their nap time.
A fun thing happened before we left the park. Robert, who works for the park system, brought out some Purina fish food. Several children happily helped him to throw the pellets towards the water. A bit of the food might have made it into the mouths of fish, but ducks and pigeons on land got most of it.
What started with a few birds turned into many! The kids were having fun, and I think my husband and I had just as much fun watching this happen.
The park bears the last name of Mr. W.L. “Bill” Bane Sr., who donated the land. It is located right off of West Little York Road near 290. The address is 9600 W Little York, Houston, Texas 77040.
He could have undoubtedly made a lot of money selling the land for commercial use. Thanks to him, it will now be enjoyed by countless people long into the future.
Visiting the Park
As mentioned, it was winter during the time of our visit. The splash pad was not in operation, but I am sure it gets lots of use during warmer times of the year.
Deciduous trees and shrubs were devoid of leaves. On the Bane Park Facebook page, there is a photo taken during the fall. The colored leaves are resplendent during that time of year. Many crape myrtles planted in the park add excellent color during the summer months.
We enjoyed our visit and will be happily returning. Bane Park is open from 7 AM to 10 PM Mondays to Fridays and 8 AM to 10 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Peggy Woods