PDF format maps of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, from the National Park Service:
South of the Lake
Main roads leading to Lake Meredith are TX 136 from Amarillo, FM 1913 from the west and TX 152 near the north end. Highway US 87/287 crosses the Canadian River just south of the recreation area, where a side road leads to the Rosita ORV area. The preserve contains 10 miles of the river of which less than half has a lake, as for the remainder the waters flow gently through a wide grassy valley enclosed by low mesas formed of red and white limestone rock, split by several tributary creeks. On the east side are two back country campsites - Mullinaw Creek and McBride Canyon, linked to TX 136 by mostly paved roads; only the last part is unpaved but in good condition. The approach is across open, bushy land though the canyons contain large cottonwood trees, willows and other vegetation, bordered by the steep mesa slopes that are strewn with colorful boulders. The sites are clean, not often used and the place has a distinct feeling of remoteness. There is not that much to do, however, and in summer the area is likely to be infested with mosquitoes. The west side of the NRA also has a small camping area, at Plum Creek, and a boat launch site, in case the waters ever rise significantly and cause the lake to back up this far upstream.
Recreation sites further north are more popular since they overlook the lake itself. There are 3 main locations, all on the east side. Harbor Bay
, just west of Fritch, has a boat launch and campsite as does Fritch Fortress
just to the north, plus a picnic area with drinking water, built on a high promontory overlooking the waters. North of this, Cedar Canyon/Sanford
is the location of a marina together with various other facilities; houseboats, ski boats and deck cruisers are all available for rent. All the shoreline is formed by steep slopes, and although the water's edge is dotted by nice sandy beaches, it isn't easy to climb down, and most roads are to overlooks, not to the lake itself. Swimming is only officially recommended at a small lake just below Sanford Dam (Spring Canyon
), a place that can still be dangerous as witnessed by a drowning here in June 2007. Overall, the lake looks nice, providing a striking contrast between the calm blue water, the steep, red/white rocky slopes and the flat green mesa tops, though non water-based activities are somewhat limited, with no recognized hiking trails.