Cedar Creek Lake (Reservoir) in Henderson and Kaufman Counties has three islands managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPWD) for aquatic birds. People are not allowed on the islands but birdwatchers enjoy viewing from boats or from the banks of the lake.
Big Island (A) is near Kemp past King's Creek bridge.
Persimmon (B) and Bird (C) Islands are just off the bridge to Seven Points going to Gun Barrel City. Both are convenient to Big Chief and Tom Finley launch sites.
Cedar Creek Islands Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) comprise a total of 160 acres. The areas are viewable year round, but keep spring and summer viewing as unobtrusive as possible. The islands are heavily used as rookeries (nesting areas) by the birds and should not be disturbed during this time when the birds lay their eggs and rear their young.
Before visiting a Wildlife Management Area, be sure to call for current conditions and access information. Wildlife Management Areas are working laboratories for learning about wildlife and habitat. These activities may effect what birdwatchers see and do while visiting. A representative may be reached at (903) 389-7080.
For places to stay, shop, or dine in the area, visit the Gun Barrel City website.