Frequently Asked Questions

What is a wetland?

A wetland is defined as a transitional zone where the flow of water, nutrients that cycle through and the sun’s energy help produce a unique ecosystem. More on the functions of a wetland.

Why were the Lake Waco Wetlands built?

The City of Waco began construction on the Lake Waco Wetland Project in late August of 2001 to mitigate the loss of habitat from the raising of Lake Waco by seven feet.

The wetland has been constructed on land leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Where does the Lake Waco Wetlands get its water from?

It comes from the Bosque River, a watershed that has a drainage area of more than 1,650 square miles and eventually feeds into Lake Waco.

How many gallons of water are pumped through the Wetlands per day?

Nearly 11 million gallons of water are pumped through the wetland per day.

Can I donate to the Lake Waco Wetlands?

Yes, donations are always welcomed. The Lake Waco Wetlands is a nonprofit organization and offers many sponsorship opportunities:

  • Cattail Level $150 – $250
  • Duck Potato Level $250 – $500
  • Pickerelweed Level $500 – $1,000
  • Water Lily Level $1,000 – and more

How/when do I visit the Lake Waco Wetlands?

The Lake Waco Wetlands and the Research and Education Center are open to the public Monday through Friday and alternating Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The wetland grounds are open to the public even without the Research and Education Center being open, just enter through the pedestrian gate and walk through.

For guided tours call (254) 848-9654 or send us an email.

Can I rent the Research & Education Center?

Yes, the center is available for rental.  Please contact us for information.

How can I request a field trip to the Wetlands?

Fill out the form on the contact us page and send it in. We'll be happy to work with you.