Ladonia Fossil Park

Ladonia Fossil Park Relocation

The Ladonia Fossil Park on Highway 34 is expected to be closing on or before July 1st, 2021. At the time when that park closes, Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD) will open a temporary park on FM 2990 to allow fossil enthusiast to continue hunting fossils during construction of the new reservoir. UTRWD is also coordinating with the City of Ladonia and others in selecting a new, permanent site downstream of the reservoir. By offering access to different locations on the river, the park relocations will provide opportunities for additional and untapped fossil discoveries.

Safety is our number one priority during construction, so please make sure to observe all construction signs and avoid any restricted areas.

Temporary Fossil Park

The temporary Ladonia Fossil Park will be located on the east side of FM 2990 and the north side of the North Sulphur River. It willopen when the current fossil park closes. Signs will be installed to direct you to the new, temporary park.

Location of the Temporary Park:

New, Permanent Fossil Park

UTRWD recognizes the importance of the Ladonia Fossil Park to local community and visitors alike. UTRWD and the City of Ladonia are working to select another spot where fossil hunters can continue to easily access the river bottom after the new reservoir is built. More information about the new park’s location and when it will be constructed will be posted on this page. Check back frequently for updated information.

Fossil Finds

UTRWD will be working with paleontologists from the Perot Museum to preserve significant fossils should any be found during reservoir construction. Preserved fossils could end up being displayed at the Lake Ralph Hall Administration Facility and/or at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Handout on Fossil Park Information: