The Barker Reservoir watershed is located in western Harris County; it extends into Fort Bend and Waller counties and includes portions of the City of Houston as well as Katy. This watershed encompasses the area that drains into Barker Reservoir which is situated southwest of the intersection of Interstate 10 and Highway 6, about 1 mile south of Addicks. Along with Addicks Reservoir, Barker Reservoir was authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1938 and built in the early 1940s to prevent the downstream flooding risks of Buffalo Bayou and protect downtown Houston. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the Barker Dam and outlet facility in 1945. The current storage capacity of Barker Reservoir is 209,000 acre feet (258,000,000 m3). The primary streams flowing into the Barker Reservoir are Mason Creek and Upper Buffalo Bayou.
George Bush Park is a 7,800 acre park located within the Barker Reservoir watershed; it is Harris County’s largest park. Recreational facilities within the Barker Reservoir abound: The American Shooting Range, a model airplane field, equestrian trails, baseball and soccer fields, picnic areas, and the Millie Bush Bark Park, widely regarded as the best off-leash dog park in Texas. Millie’s Park has three dog-only ponds, 15 acres of space to run and play catch, and for muddy paws, dog showers of course.
To obtain a brochure with a complete list of rules and regulations within the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs call the Addicks Project Office (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) at 281-497-0740. For more information about George Bush Park write to Harris County Precinct 3, George Bush Park, 15115 Clay Road, Houston, TX 77084 or call 281-531-1592. You can also go to their website at: www.pcp3.com. George Bush Park is located at 16756 Westheimer Parkway, Houston, Texas 77084.