Texas Plains Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Canadian: Gene Howe Wildlife Management Area & Lake Marvin/Black Kettle National Grasslands

Gene Howe Wildlife Management Area, Canadian, TX

The 576-acre Lake Marvin Unit, including a 63-acre lake, is part of the Black Kettle National Grasslands. Operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, birding, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and camping are available. There are two observation blinds for wildlife viewing. For hikers, old oilfield roads offer visitors cleared pathways for access to the entire area.


  • 15412 Lake Marvin Road
  • Canadian, Texas
  • 79014


Hours & Fees

  • Monday-Friday, sunrise-sunset

  • Purchase of annual hunter permit or limited public user permit required.

Map & Directions

The GHWMA is located 7 miles north of Canadian in Hemphill County. From US 83N /US 60 turn right (east) on FM 2266 and go about six miles to the registation and information station.


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Read more about Lake Marvin and the Black Kettle National Grassland in the Handbook of Texas Online.