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Date: 11/18/2017

Weiss Lake is getting a face lift. Read my blog at LakeWeissAlabama.com Real Estate

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Water Resources Outlook (November 2017)

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Date: 11/16/2017

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Pelicans At Weiss Lake

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Date: 11/14/2017

Pelicans arrive at Weiss Lake, by LakeWeissAlabama.com Real Estate Services. Take a minute to view the amazing video of American Pelicans stopping for a snack at Weiss Lake. Pelicans at Weiss

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Water Resources Outlook (October 2017)

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Date: 10/24/2017

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Water Resources Outlook (September 2017)

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Date: 9/26/2017

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• River: Navasota River
• Surface Area: 131 Acres
• Volume: 1,394 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2 Square Miles
Lake Gibbons is a city-owned reservoir located near Paris, Texas, in the Pine Creek Watershed. Since 1934, the lake and surrounding land area have been managed as the John C. Gambill Canada Goose Refuge by the city of Paris and the Texas Game and Fish Commission .

Originally constructed in the year 1900, the lake served as the municipal water supply for Paris, Texas, until 1923. It was then that construction of Lake Crook was completed and it replaced Lake Gibbons as the Paris water supply.

Since that time, the 600-acre Gambill Canadian Goose Refuge has served its two-legged visitors with hiking trails and magnificent wildlife and wildflower viewing opportunities. And the wild, migratory geese are afforded a safe and nurturing resting place, whether it be for over-wintering, or for a place of rest and revitalization before they carry on to the next leg of their journey.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the intersection of US 82 and US 271 in north Paris, go west on US 82 for 1.3 miles to FM 79. Bear right (west) on FM 79 and travel 3.3 miles to FM 2820. Turn left on FM 2820 and follow it west 2.0 miles to the Refuge road on the right. Turn right and go 0.6 miles to the lakeshore access road on the right.

Latitude: 33.7046
Longitude: -95.6531

Phone: (903) 784-9299

ABOUT LAKE GIBBONS AND THE GAMBILL GOOSE REFUGE

Excerpt from the TPWD-Great Texas Wildlife Trails website…

“Many years ago on the banks of Gibbons Lake, a man named John Gambill started feeding migratory geese on his land. The practice eventually attracted several thousand geese annually. When John Gambill died in 1961, his 600 acres became a permanent refuge for waterfowl, and is today managed by the City of Paris. Although spectacular in winter, the lake hosts a variety of wildlife year round. Visitors driving along the western shore in summer could see Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, along with Lark Sparrows and Dickcissels. The lake also attracts a diversity of swallows, with Barn Swallows and Purple Martins being most numerous. The resident population of Canada Geese is occasionally joined by summering Snow, Blue or White-fronted Geese. The geese are commonly fed and the easy food source attracts dozens of sizable Western Chicken Turtles and Red-eared Sliders. The fields around the lake are often filled with wildflowers, attracting numerous butterflies and dragonflies.

Courtesy of:
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Great Texas Wildlife TrailsPrairies and Pineywoods East Wildlife Trail
Pine Creek Watershed Work Plan, USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

Read more about John C. Gambill and his endearing legacy for the wild, migratory geese of Texas.
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