Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve: Nature Lovers Paradise in the Heart of Houston
Nature Preserve in the Heart of Houston
The Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve in northwest Harris County is a nature lovers delight. The population of Houston is growing by leaps and bounds. With that comes new subdivisions and ever-expanding commercial spaces.
Recently not far from where we live, my husband and I saw four deer standing together. They were undoubtedly wondering what had happened to their natural habitat. Heavy equipment was being used to clear the land of trees and undergrowth making way for another development of homes and businesses. Looking at the deer made me feel sad for them. They and other creatures who had lived there would be forced to relocate and hopefully find a safe refuge.
Thanks to the generosity of the Kickerillo Companies and Mischer Investments, this wonderful 80-acre piece of forested property containing 40-acres of a lake will be forever preserved from further development. The wildlife will be able to enjoy their haven long into the future. Man can also enjoy this space being mindful of the creatures who call this beautiful space their home.
Fishing in Marshall Lake
We saw several people fishing from the shoreline at Marshall Lake. We also spotted others from one of two piers built out over different areas of the lake. People who fish must have a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fishing license. The piers allow wheelchair access.
As can be viewed at the top of this post one person was fishing while in a kayak on the lake. Only non-motorized boats are allowed.
There is no swimming allowed because of the possibility of alligators being present. A sign warns people to be cautious around them. Pets must also be protected and kept on a leash.
Paved Trail Around Marshall Lake
A wide and level paved trail leads all around the lake and is 1.7 miles in length. As we walked the trail there were several people on bicycles and quite a few people walking their dogs. One lady was jogging and her short-legged dachshund was keeping up the pace quite nicely. It was obvious that they were jogging buddies of long standing.
Flora and Fauna
As one traverses the paved trail around the lake there is plenty to see. Lake views reflecting the surrounding greenery and bright sky overhead make a pretty picture.
In the midst of that picture, we spotted several tall legged egrets hunting for food. Many red-eared slider turtles were basking in the sunlight atop fallen tree logs. Others appeared to be watching us as we were viewing them.
Blooming wildflowers of numerous kinds added a kaleidoscope of colors to that picturesque landscape. Some water lilies were also starting to bloom. On our walk that day we were literally surrounded by loveliness.
Scout Group Campground
Adjacent to a sand volleyball court is a campground that can be made available for scout groups only. It can be reserved in advance by calling this number: (281) 353-8100. A building furnished with clean restrooms on one side of it also offers shower facilities on the opposite side…perfect for those overnight camping groups.
In a relatively open space, there is a large fire ring that has hand-hewn rustic seating cut from trees on four sides surrounding it. There is also bench type seating arranged in a circular pattern. It is easy to envision educational talks being held in this area of the park.
Barbecue grills and several picnic tables complete the picture of what is available for use in this part of the park not far from the paved large parking lot.
Special Events and Programs
There are regularly scheduled special events held in this park according to the Harris County Precinct 4 website for the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. Included are the following:
- “Scout Activities
- Field Trip Tours
- Senior Adult Tours
- Recreational Water Activities
- Environmental Education
- Wildlife Viewing”
I hope you enjoyed looking at my photos taken the day of our first visit to this impressive park. The hours posted are from 7 a.m. to dusk. Be aware that the entrance gates close 30 minutes prior to closing, so plan your trip to this stunning preserve with that in mind.