I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
Nature Preserve in the Heart of Houston
The Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve in northwest Harris County is a nature lovers' delight. The population of the Houston metro area is growing by leaps and bounds. With that comes new subdivisions and ever-expanding commercial spaces.
Recently not far from where we live, my husband and I saw four deer standing together. They were undoubtedly wondering what had happened to their natural habitat. Heavy equipment was being used to clear the land of trees and undergrowth, making way for another development of homes and businesses. Looking at the deer made me feel sad for them. They and other creatures who had lived there would be forced to relocate and hopefully find a safe refuge.
Thanks to the generosity of the Kickerillo Companies and Mischer Investments, this beautiful 80-acre piece of forested property containing 40-acres of a lake will be forever preserved from further development. The wildlife will be able to enjoy their haven long into the future. Man can also enjoy this space being mindful of the creatures who call this beautiful space their home.
Fishing in Marshall Lake
We saw several people fishing from the shore at Marshall Lake. We also spotted others from one of two piers built out over different areas of the lake. People who fish must have a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fishing license. The docks allow wheelchair access.
On view at the top of this post, one person was fishing while in a kayak on the lake. Only non-motorized boats are allowed.
There is no swimming allowed because of the possibility of alligators being present. A sign warns people to be cautious around them. Pets must also be protected and kept on a leash.
Paved Trail Around Marshall Lake
A broad and level paved trail leads all around the lake and is 1.7 miles in length. As we walked the path, there were several people on bicycles and quite a few people walking their dogs. One lady was jogging, and her short-legged dachshund was keeping up the pace quite nicely. It was apparent that they were jogging buddies of long-standing.
Flora and Fauna
As one traverses the paved path around the lake, there is plenty to see. Lake views reflecting the surrounding greenery and bright sky overhead make a pretty picture.
Amid that picture, we spotted several tall legged egrets hunting for food. Many red-eared slider turtles were basking in the sunlight atop fallen tree logs. Others appeared to be watching us as we were viewing them.
Blooming wildflowers of numerous kinds added a kaleidoscope of colors to that picturesque landscape. Some water lilies were also starting to bloom. On our walk that day, we were surrounded by loveliness.
Scout Group Campground
Adjacent to a sand volleyball court is a campground that is for scout groups only. It is reserved in advance by calling this number: (281) 353-8100. A building furnished with clean restrooms on one side of it also offers shower facilities on the opposite side perfect for those overnight camping groups.
In a relatively open space, there is a large fire ring that has hand-hewn rustic seating cut from trees on four sides surrounding it. There is also bench type seating arranged in a circular pattern. It is easy to envision educational talks being held in this area of the park.
Barbecue grills and several picnic tables complete the picture of what is available for use in this part of the park not far from the paved large parking lot.
Special Events and Programs
Many special events occur in this park, according to the Harris County Precinct 4 website for the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. Included are the following:
- “Scout Activities
- Field Trip Tours
- Senior Adult Tours
- Recreational Water Activities
- Environmental Education
- Wildlife Viewing”
The address of this beautiful Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve is 20215 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77070.
I hope that you enjoyed looking at my photos taken on the day of our first visit to this impressive park. The hours posted are from 7 a.m. to dusk. Be aware that the entrance gates close 30 minutes before closing, so plan your trip to this stunning preserve with that in mind.
If you would like to see a 58-acre preserve left in a more natural state in the same Precinct 4 part of town, head on over to the Little Cypress Creek Preserve.
Another preserve worth exploring is the Kleb Woods Nature Preserve in Tomball, Texas. The history of that piece of land is fascinating. The original owner was quite a character!
To see an aerial view of the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, watch the video below.
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
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2020:
I am sure that there are a good many deer in this vast park that come out at night and early dawn to forage. Since it is so heavily wooded, they would be difficult to spot when people are in the park.
FlourishAnyway from USA on April 01, 2020:
That is lovely that you have deer in that park. It makes me wonder how many are there. Thanks for profiling this lovely place. I loved the detail about that short-legged dog. I can just picture him trying to keep up.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2020:
It is so nice that you live near a park and have seen deer in your yard. I have never seen a deer in ours but have spotted a large heron a time or two.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 01, 2020:
It's great that this park is there for the animals. Not long ago we saw 4 deer in our yard. We live in town but close to a park. I love to watch wild animals so I would enjoy The Nature Lover's Paradise.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2020:
My husband and I fell in love with this fantastic park. It is so scenic, and it is fun capturing the wildlife as well as wildflowers in photos. Thanks for being the first to comment.
Liz Westwood from UK on March 31, 2020:
This looks like a fantastic outdoor area. You have done an amazing job at describing it and your illustrations are top notch.