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MEDINA LAKE AREA, Texas
Pronounced: "mah deen ah"
"no slogan"County: Bandera County & Medina County
Zip Code: 78063, 78056Area Code: 830Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: Lake center line at 29° 32' N, 98° 56' W
Location: 40 mi NW of San Antonio, 39 mi NE of Hondo
Highways: RR 1283, near RR 471, 173 & TX 16
Creeks:Rivers: MedinaLakes: Medina
CITIES: This area includes the following surrounding cities/towns/communities.
(Note, this area is not to be confused with the town of Medina (also in Bandera County) some 30+ miles to the NE)
- Bandera Falls: A tiny unincorporated residential community in SE Bandera County on FR 1283 N of Lakehills; 7 mi SE of Bandera; 5 mi S of Pipe Creek; It lies along the L bank of the Medina River, just N of its outlet into Medina Lake; Zip code: 78063; Handbook of Texas Online; Wikipedia
- Medina Lake Shores/Highlands: An unincorporated residential community in SE Bandera County, on N shore of lake, on Park Rd 37 just W of FR 1283; Zip code: 78063; elevation: 1,083 ft
- Lakehills: A CDP in SE Bandera County on Park Rd 37 off FR 1283; 8 mi S of Bandera Falls; coordinates: 29.584° N, -98.948° W; elevation is 1,227 ft; Population (2010): 5,150; COL Index (2008): 80.0; Area: 30.3 sm; Zip code: 78063; Handbook of Texas Online; Wikipedia
- Mico: A fishing resort on FR 471 just E of the main dam at Medina Lake in NE Medina County. The name Mico comes from the acronym for the Medina Irrigation Company. The community's post office was established as Mico in 1911, changed its name to Medina Lake in 1916, and was renamed Mico in 1923. It closed permanently in 1967. Mico was a terminus for freight shipped on the Southern Pacific to Dunlay for the construction of Medina Dam in 1912. In 2000 the population was estimated at 98. Zip code: 78056; Handbook of Texas Online; Wikipedia; Facebook
CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Nothing formal
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 23 mi SE of Bandera, 29 mi SW of Boerne, 13 mi S of Pipe Creek
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Lake recreation, retirement
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below.
- MEDINA LAKE: This lake is the focal point of the area. The lake is an artificial (man-made) reservoir on the Medina River, and its center is 8 mi NW of the Medina River in SE Bandera and NE Medina counties. This lake was constructed to irrigate farmlands in Medina, Bexar, and Atascosa counties, but it also became an important recreational facility. A diversion dam and reservoir 4 mi below the main dam eliminated the need for 4 mi of canal work. This smaller dam covers 400 acres. The entire irrigation system was designed to operate by gravity (without the use of pumps).
- Lake Shape: crescent-shaped reservoir running W to E, 18 mi long and 3 mi wide at its broadest point.
- Dam: Medina Dam (Wikipedia) at the lake's S end, completed 1912 (private financing), impounded: 1913. Facebook
- Inflow: Medina River; Outflow: Medina River
- Surface Area: 5,575 acres at spillway level, and 6,260 acres at flood stage
- Maximum Depth: 152 ft
- Average Depth: spillway level is 75 ft
- Shore Length: 110 mi
- Surface Elevation: 1,062 ft
- Water Conditions:
- Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,064 ft. msl
- Lake Level Fluctuation: Large fluctuations, up to 40 ft, based on area rainfall
- Normal Clarity: Clear
- Reservoir Reservoir Controlling Authority: Bexar/Medina/Atascosa County Agricultural District, 830-665-2132; PO Box 170, Natalia, TX 78059
- Lake History and Photos: www.edwardsaquifer.net/medina.html
- Facebook 1, Facebook 2
Update at May 30, 2016: The lake is full, and even overflowing at times!
Update at June 1, 2015: With the recent very heavy rains, the lake basin is filling again.
Update at Jan 18, 2015: As part of the ongoing drought, the Medina Lake is only a few percent full. Many businesses have closed in the area, many residents have left and Lakehills has become somewhat of a ghost town.
NEARBY & HILL COUNTRY-WIDE ATTRACTIONS: See Attractions
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Bandera: Cowboy Capital; Dude Ranches; Frontier Times Museum; Golf; Polly's Chapel
- Boerne: Agricultural Heritage Center; Cascade Caverns; Cave Without A Name; Cibolo Nature Center; Enchanted Springs Ranch; Historic Downtown Boerne; Golf
- Bandera: Hill Country State Natural Area Park; Mansfield Park
- Helotes/San Antonio: Government Canyon State Natural Area, 210-688-9055; 12861 Galm Rd. Government Canyon. 15 mi SE of the Lakehills/Medina Lake area; in the NW corner of San Antonio, and just outside the Hill Country
- Avalon Park: No longer a public park. On Lake Median, on southern end of the main peninsula, on Plum Cove Rd
- Bandera County Park at Medina Lake: Lakehills, off Mountain Dr, at N side of lake
- Late Apr: Medina Lake VFD BBQ
- Early May: Mico VFD Annual BBQ, 210-376-7832, http://www.micovfd.org
- Jun: Medina Lake Betterment Association's Annual Home & Garden Tour: 830-751-3130
- Sep: Cajun Festival & Great Gumbo Cook-off: Lakehills, 800-364-3833. www.cajunfestival-medinalake.com
- Early Nov: Annual Hunter's Supper at St Victor Chapel
WEATHER: Local Weather (Boerne); Hill Country-wide Weather
MEDIA COVERAGE: MAPS: Local Google; Hill Country Special Maps
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: MEDINA LAKE. Medina Lake, an artificial lake on the Medina River, is eight miles northwest of the Medina River in southeast Bandera and northeast Medina counties (its center is at 29°32' N, 98°56' W). The lake was constructed to irrigate farmlands in Medina, Bexar, and Atascosa counties, but it also became an important recreational facility in the area.
Henri Castro explored the Medina River Valley in the 1840s and saw that its deep canyons could be used to irrigate farmlands to the south if water that periodically flooded the canyons could be contained. Castro's observation went unnoticed until the end of the nineteenth century. In 1894 Alex Y. Walton, Jr., a civil engineer from San Antonio, became excited by the possibility of impounding the Medina's floodwaters and discussed the idea with Terrell Bartlett and Willis Ranney, also civil engineers from San Antonio. The three could not raise the necessary funds for building a dam until 1910, when they were put in touch with Frederick Stark Pearson, an engineer who had been involved in power projects in North and South America and had the confidence of investors.
Pearson successfully raised $6 million to finance the Medina dam and irrigation project through the sale of bonds to British subscribers. On August 19, 1910, the Medina Irrigation Company paid $149,200 for land to be placed under irrigation. Offices of the company had been established in San Antonio. Bartlett, Ranney, Walton, Thomas B. Palfrey, and Duval West, all of San Antonio, filed on August 19, 1910, for the appropriation of the waters of the Medina River for irrigation in Medina, Bandera, Kerr, and Kendall counties. The amount of land to be irrigated was estimated to be 150,000 acres.
In the spring of 1911 the Southern Pacific Railroad laid track from Dunlay to the site of the main dam, fourteen miles north of Castroville. The railroad and improvements in roads from San Antonio, Castroville, and the Medina River to the dam site made it possible for work on the dam to begin in November of that year. The dam was completed in November 1912. At the time, it was the largest dam in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States. It forms a reservoir of 5,575 acres at spillway level and 6,260 acres at flood stage and impounds 254,000 acre-feet of water at spillway level. The lake has a shoreline of 100 miles. The maximum depth of water at the dam is 152 feet, and the average depth of the lake at spillway level is seventy-five feet. A diversion dam and reservoir four miles below the main dam eliminated the need for four miles of canal work. This smaller dam covers 400 acres. The entire irrigation system was designed to operate by gravity, without the use of pumps.
World War I cut off access to British capital, and the Medina Irrigation Company was placed in receivership in 1914. Under the receivership no land in the project was sold; it was instead leased to farmers who bought irrigation water for their crops. After the war, bondholders in the receivership organized in London and began an effort to sell the Medina Irrigation Company. The sale did not occur until 1927, when the newly formed San Antonio Suburban Irrigated Farms bought the company. However, this company soon had financial difficulties and was placed in receivership in 1930. The next owner, Medina Irrigated Farms, was sold on November 22, 1950. The dam is now operated by Water Improvement District No. 1. The lake continues to serve as a source of irrigation and municipal water, as well as a recreation center.
See HTO listings for each town located here.
PRIOR CITY NAMES: MICO (capitalized)
AVAILABLE SERVICES: Gas: yes; Convenience Stores: yes; Restaurants: yes; Lodging: yes; Grocery Stores: yes; Banks: yes; Vehicle Repair: yes; Hospital: no; Med Clinic: yes; Post Office: no; Public Schools: yes; Cemetery: yes
OTHER PROFILES: TPWD; Wikipedia
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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
FAITH TABERNACLE: 830-612-2010; Lakehills, TX 78063
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 830-751-2404; 150 Ave J, Lakehills, 78063. www.lakehillsumc.org
ST. VICTOR CHAPEL: 830-751-2557; 10514 Park Rd 37, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.ststanislausbandera.com/st-victor-chapel.html. A mission of St. Stanislaus Church (see Bandera). Annual Hunter's Supper
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
LAKESHORE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT (VFD): Admin: 830-796-7404; 9019 Wharton's Dock Rd, Bandera, TX 78003
MEDINA LAKE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT: Admin: 830-751-2525; 10660 Park Road 37, Lakehills, TX 78063-6700. www.MedinaLakeVFD.com
MICO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT: 830-751-2658; POB 6353, 7121 CR 271, Mico, TX 78056. http://www.micovfd.org, Facebook. Sub Station: 140 CR 260 W, Mico, TX 78056
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: Bandera County Government Offices & Medina County Government Offices
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
Note, there are no US Post Offices in the immediate area. See Bandera.
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.
BEDROCK RESORT: 210-383-1417; 6750 CR 271, Mico, TX 78056. www.bedrockresort.com
BOB'S COVE: 830-612-3877; 1200 Mountain Rd, Lakehills, TX 78063
BULLWINKLE'S LAKE CABINS: 806-548-3378; 9948 FM-1283, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.bullwinkleslakecabins.com
COTTAGES AT PLUM COVE: 866-796-0660; 830-522-4661; Lakehills, TX
GUEST HOUSE AT MEDINA LAKE: 866-796-0660 or 830-562-3545
HIDEAWAY AT MEDINA LAKE: 866-796-0660; 830-522-4661; Lakehills, TX
HILL COUNTRY VISTAS CHIMNEY: 210-884-3557; www.hillcountryvistas.com
HILL COUNTRY VISTAS DOCKSIDE: 210-884-3557; Lakehills, TX. www.hillcountryvistas.com
LAKE MEDINA RV RESORT: 888-722-2640; 830-751-2640; Lakehills, TX
MEDINA LAKE CABIN RENTALS: 210-520-6259; Lakehills, TX. For Sale
PLUM COVE COTTAGES: 512-680-4633; 151 Choctaw Trail, Lakehills, TX 78063
POP'S PLACE ON MEDINA LAKE: 830-535-4366; Pipe Creek, TX 78063. Closed
Note: Check RV Parks below for availability of cabins, guest houses and other accommodations.
CDR MEDICAL SERVICES: 830-612-2467; 1370 CR 2720, Mico, TX 78056
LAKEHILLS DENTAL CENTER: 830-612-2626; 8500 FM 1283, Ste L, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.lakehillsdentalcenter.com
MEYERS, JOHN, DR: 830-612-2512; 108 CR 2602, Mico, TX 78056
C&H DIESEL AND AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR: 830-751-2469; 178 Laurel Ridge Dr, Lakehills, TX 78063. Facebook
DOLLAR GENERAL: 830-751-2911; 9258 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.dollargeneral.com
FINLEY POTTERY: 830-612-2030; 6914 CR 271, Mico, TX 78056
KRAFT DISTRIBUTING: 830-751-3309; 305 PRIVATE RD 1715, Mico, TX 78056
LITTLE COUNTRY FARM & STORE: 210-364-1457; 7794 CR 271, Mico, TX 78056. www.littlecountryfarmstore.com. Biker friendly. Closed
OBY'S DELIVERY & INSTALLATION SERVICE: 830-612-2314; 3360 CR 265, Mico, TX 78056
PRINTCOMM: 830-751-2032; 368 CR 266, Mico, TX 78056
REICH ASSOCIATES, INC: 830-751-3220; 7147 Park Rd 37, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.reichassociates.com
SCHOTT WILTON: 830-538-2378; 3520 CR 271, Mico, TX 78056
SOUND SERVICES: 830-612-3176; 875 CR 270, Mico, TX 78056
STRIVE 24 FITNESS & SALON: 830-612-2300; 8500 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.strive24.com
TEXAS CONCRETE PRODUCTS LLC: 830-751-2119; 519 CR 270, Mico, TX 78056
TEXAS TABLES: 210-273-4133; 172 Simmons Rd, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.texastables.net. Table manufacturer
TIM SCHOTT FARMS: 830-931-3213; 3391 CR 271, Mico, TX 78056
TNT MECHANICAL FABRICATION: 830-741-7133; 340 CR 253, Mico, TX 78056
TREASURE CABIN: 210-970-9067; 9587 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063. Closed
WHO MADE THAT DESIGNS: 830-612-2848; 385 CR 2740, Mico, TX 78056
AMERICAN LEGION: www.legion.org. A congressionally chartered mutual-aid organization of military veterans founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime.
Local Legion Post #410: Lakehills, at Medina Lake,
BANDERA COUNTY PARK AT MEDINA LAKE: P37, Lakehills, TX 78063. Map & Profile. Temporarily closed
LAKEHILLS CIVIC CENTER: 830-751-9904; 210-379-4142, Lakehills, TX 78063. Bandera County's largest rental hall.
LAKEHILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY: 830-510-2777; 7200 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063
LAKE MEDINA CONSERVATION SOCIETY & MEDINA RIVER PROTECTION FUND: 210-387-3923; 2272 Mountain Dr, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.medinariver.net. Lake Medina Conservation Society (LAMCOS) serves the interests of Medina Lake and surrounding environs. Non-profit incorporated organization dedicated to protecting Medina Lake and water resources in Bandera County.
MEDINA LAKE BETTERMENT ASSOCIATION: 830-751-9904; Lakehills, TX 78063
MEDINA LAKE PRESERVATION SOCIETY: 210-400-0331; 6821 CR 271, Mico, TX 78056. www.medinalakepreservation.org
MEDINA RIVER PROTECTION FUND: 210-387-3923; POB 417, 2272 Mountain Dr, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.medinariver.net. Medina River Cleanup, annual river cleanup, foster conservation of the river. We clean up approx. 50 miles of the Medina River each year the first Saturday in May.
SAVE MEDINA LAKE: www.SaveMedinaLake.com, Facebook, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission: The efforts to save Medina Lake don't end with a flood that fills the lake. Our goal is to ensure effective stewardship of the water in the lake to the benefit of the farmers, ranchers, recreational users, area businesses, and surrounding counties.
Note: Churches are listed on this page in a separate category.
Note: For county-wide non-profits, public service & social service organizations, see: County
Note: For Hill Country-wide non-profits, public service and social service organizations, see Hill Country Information
LAKEHILLS ANIMAL HEALTH: 830-751-2617; 8997 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.lakehillsanimalhealth.com
Note: See separate listing sections for horses, riding, equestrian, and other care.
BASINGER REALTY & REAL ESTATE: 830-612-3009; Park Rd 37, Lakehills, TX 78063
BOYLE REALTY: 830-751-3600; 8949 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063-6271
GREAT SOUTHERN REALTY CO: 830-612-2224; HC 3 Box 3545, Lakehills, TX 78063-9730
HI ENERGY REALTY: 210-854-3060; 528 Angel Drive, Lakehills, TX 78063
HUMMINGBIRD REALTY: 830-612-3250; 8866 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063
KAREN RIPLEY REAL ESTATE MGMT.: 830-612-3154; 9317 Park Rd 37, Lakehills, TX 78063
LAKEHILLS REALTY: 830-612-3622; 205 Center St, Lakehills, TX 78063
MEDINA LAKE REAL ESTATE: 830-612-2935; Mico, TX 78056
MEDINA LAKE REALTY: 830-612-3709; 9844 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063
PIONEER REALTY: 830-612-2185, 9587 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063
TEXAS REALTY NETWORK: 830-612-2730; 100 Canyon Ridge, Lakehills, TX 78063-9705
ADOLPH'S: 830-751-2440; 9389 Park Rd 37, Lakehills, TX 78063
APIZZA MIA: 830-751-3555; PR 37, 9504 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063. Closed
BUBBA'S PIT STOP 'N GOOD EATS: 7794 CR 271, Mico, TX 78056. Food truck Closed
CATHY'S SWEETS TEXAS: 210-383-2923, 11768 Park Rd 37, Ste 106, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.cathyssweettexas.com Hand-made chocolate sweets
COWAN'S ON THE CREEK: 830-751-3300, 9742 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063
DANCING BEAR CANTINA & GRILL: 830-751-2160; 7794 CR 271, Mico, TX 78056. www.thedancingbearcantina.com. Biker friendly. Closed
JSK: 830-688-9999; 125 CR 2749, Mico, TX 78056. FacebookSoup Kitchen
KELLEY'S IRISH PUB: 830-510-4661; 12246 TX 16 S, Lakehills, TX 78063
LA CABANA MEXICAN CAFE: 830-612-2990; 9083 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063
MEDINA LAKE COUNTRY CLUB: 830-751-2735; 11530 Park Road 37, Lakehills, TX 78063. Facebook. Restaurant, public
LOS MARBLES: 830-751-2549; 9101 FM 1283, Lakehills, TX 78063. Closed
PATIOS DEL LARGO: 830-612-2077; FM 1283 and Elm Creek, Lakehills, TX 78063. Closed
POP'S PLACE BAR & GRILL: 830-535-4366; Lakehills, TX 78063. Closed
RED COVE CAFE & MARINA: 830-612-2715; 255 CR 2611, Mico, TX 78056. Facebook
RESTAURANTE ARANDAS JALISCO: 830-751-2403; PR 37, Lakehills, TX 78063. Closed
SKYLINE PIZZA: Closed
TADPOLE'S: 830-612-2497; PR 37 & 9th, Lakehills, TX 78063. Closed
TERRY'S TAVERN: 830-751-3344; 11816 Park Rd 37, Lakehills, TX 78063. Closed
TURK'S DELI: 830-751-2899; PR 37, Lakehills, TX 78063. Closed
GOAT HILL CAMP: 830-612-2072; Rt 3, Box 3152, Lakehills, TX 78063
HARBOUR RV RESORT: 210) 995-0125; Lakehills, TX 78063. Facebook
LAKE MEDINA RV RESORT: 830-751-2640; 1218 Leibolds Point, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.lmrvresort.com. Horseback riding
LAKEHILLS HOMESTEAD & RV PARK: 210-688-3582; 10685 Park Rd 37, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.lakehillsrv.com
MEDINA LAKE, THOUSAND TRAILS: 800-480-5611; 830-751-2058; 215 Spettle Rd, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.thousandtrails.com
POP'S PLACE BAR & GRILL: 830-535-4366; Lakehills, TX 78063. 20 full hookups, 23 camp sites. Swimming, fishing, party pavilion, campground showers, boat launch. Reunions, company parties. Closed
SHADY OAK'S RV PARK: 830-751-26356; Park Rd 37, Mico, TX 78056
LOCAL UTILITY PROVIDERS:
BANDERA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE (BEC): 866-226-3372; 830-370-7648; www.banderaelectric.com. Service Area Map.
Nearest service office: HQ & Local Service Office: 3172 Hwy 16 N, Bandera, TX 78003. Serves: Bandera, Camp Verde, Medina, Medina Lake, Pipe Creek, Tarpley
HILL COUNTRY-WIDE UTILITY PROVIDERS:
For Hill Country area utility service providers (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash),
telecom providers (land lines, cellular service, TV, internet), and related services (package delivery, newspaper, etc.), click: Utilities & Telecom
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
Upscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: www.SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
Come Relax & Enjoy!