Bane Park | Fishing & Many Other Amenities
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One of the Houston, Texas parks located in Harris County Precinct 4 is Bane Park. Any park containing a lake always grabs my attention! My paternal grandmother lived on a sizable lake in Okauchee, Wisconsin. Our family got to swim there in the summers and ice skate during the winters. It is a fond memory of my early childhood years.
While the Lions Club Lake in Bane Park is a mere 5 acres, it still transports me back in memory to earlier days. No boating or swimming is permitted, but fishing is allowed.
Fishing in Bane Park
My husband and I saw several people fishing on the day of our first visit to this park. One gentleman pulled out his phone and showed me a photo of a large bass that he had caught earlier that day. Any bass caught are on a catch and release basis, but other fish can be kept.
In this community lake, the fishing is done by pole and line only. Anyone older than 17 must have a Texas fishing license. A freshwater stamp must be included.
The lake is stocked once a year by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with rainbow trout. This stocking of the lake usually happens early in the year. 2,400 adult rainbow trout were stocked in 2016. Other local lakes are also stocked around the same time. According to a gentleman working for the parks department, it only takes about three days for the numerous fishermen to clear out the rainbow trout each season.
Five trout per person per day is allowed. Three channel catfish of 12 inches or more in length is the daily limit per person. There is no limit on bluegill. Other fish in this Lions Club Lake include tilapia and sunfish.
Wildlife in Bane Park
Walking around this lake was fun. We saw lots of wildlife. A Great Egret caught a couple of young girl’s attention. It later took flight and perched up high in a tree. An abundance of various types of waterfowl was evident. I enjoyed taking some photos of them. There were loads of pigeons in the park! They are undoubtedly happy residents always on the lookout for scraps of food from people having picnics.
As we were walking along one section of the lake, we spotted several nutrias. Their official name is Myocastor coypus. At first, I thought that they might be muskrats, but after doing some online research, it was apparent that they were nutrias. The color of their incisor teeth and white muzzles made identification easy.
Amenities in The Park
The rock climbing wall in this particular park is sized for children.
There are quite a few pavilions in Bane Park, and they are all on a first-come, first-serve basis. It was a crisp winter day when we visited mid-week. I am sure that on weekends they are all well utilized. There is one gazebo in the park in addition to all of the covered pavilions. Picnic tables are abundant in sheltered locations as well as out in the open.
The playground areas for kids within Bane Park are lovely! There are even educational features worked into the mix.
Educational Aspects in The Playground
Notice the small cylindrical items with the names and shapes of the states? There are many such teaching tools along with playtime for kiddos in this park. I am sure that adults can learn as well! They manually swivel around to enable viewing the other side from a standstill position.
Sports Facilities in Bane Park
Only one of the two lighted ball fields was in use on the day of our visit. The beach volleyball court was not being used on the day of our visit nor was the horseshoe pit. Weekends are probably a different story!
Trails, Signage, and More Wildlife
All around the lake are paths that have wheelchair access. It is a very level walking surface. There are some trails back in an adjacent wooded area in which a person has to pay more attention to objects such as exposed roots, etc. These would not be wheelchair accessible.
Several signs regarding certain types of shrubs, trees and even a resident kind of turtle are in this park.
We did not see any turtles on the day of our visit nor the yellow-bellied sapsucker that made holes in a tree. All the other signs posted next to shrubs or trees help identify them.
Some of the other signs described the Bald Cypress Tree, Water Oak Tree, Sassafras Tree, Sugar Hackberry Tree, Loblolly Pine Tree and the Yaupon Holly which is a shrub or small tree. The last three mentioned were erected as an Eagle Scout Project by Kenny Richards from Troop 271. There were many paths back in the woods, and there may have been other signs we missed reading.
We were just a few feet away from the ducks pictured below when walking in the woods. They kept a wary eye on us as we passed but stayed where they were to continue their nap time.
A fun thing happened before we left the park. Robert, who works for the park system, brought out some Purina fish food. Several children were happily engaged in helping him to throw the pellets towards the water. A bit of the food might have made it into the mouths of fish, but most of it was gobbled up by ducks and pigeons.
What started with a few birds turned into many! The kids were having fun, and I think that my husband and I had just as much fun watching this happen.
Bane Park was named after Mr. W.L. “Bill” Bane Sr. who donated the land. It is located right off of West Little York Road near 290. The address is 9600 W Little York, Houston, Texas 77040. He could have undoubtedly made a lot of money selling the land for commercial use. Thanks to him it will now be able to be enjoyed by countless people long into the future.
Our Winter Visit to The Park
As mentioned, it was winter during the time of our visit. The splash pad was not in operation, but I am sure it is well utilized during warmer times of the year.
Deciduous trees and shrubs were devoid of leaves. On the Bane Park Facebook page, there is a photo taken during fall. The colored leaves are resplendent during that time of year. Many crape myrtles planted in the park would add excellent color during the summer months.
We enjoyed our visit and will be happily returning. Bane Park is open from 7 AM to 10 PM Mondays to Fridays and 8 AM to 10 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.