Forest Oaks Park
Forest Oaks Park is approximately 60 acres and is open to the Harris County WCID110 residents providing a playground, walking/jogging trails, covered & uncovered picnic pavilions, four stocked fishing lakes (bass, channel & blue catfish under 14 inches are catch & release only), and lots of benches and swings throughout the park.
Forest Oaks Park hosts multiple events throughout the year like National Night Out, Trunk or Treat, Easter Egg hunts, fun runs/walks, fishing events, and community tournaments.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset. All park guest should depart the park prior to sunset. Park security is present to ensure all park patrons exit the park at closing.
Forest Oaks Park General Policies
Use of Forest Oaks Park is at your own risk. WCID110 is not responsible for any injuries.
The following are just a partial list and explanation of Forest Oaks Park policies. Please review and reference the full policies by clicking on the General User Policies and Procedures on the Parks and Recreation page.
The safety and well-being of park patrons and their guests is the primary goal of the District. The Park and Lakes have been designed, constructed and maintained to provide as much safety as reasonably can be expected. However, all park patrons and their guests should recognize that there are associated risks inherent with all parks, lakes and ponds, trails, paths, roads, and other amenities, whether natural or man-made, and these risks are assumed by the park patrons and their guests.
Use of Park, Park Amenities, Lakes and Ponds
Persons(s) entering and utilizing the Park and its facilities shall be deemed to consent to these Park and Lakes Policies and Procedures. The Park is for the use and enjoyment primarily for residents of the District. All non-resident patrons, residents of the District and their guests, are subject to these policies and procedures. Access to and use of the Park shall be for recreational purposes only. Any formal or organized gathering of five (5) or more individuals using a pavilion or other amenity are required to have a paid rental for the space. Park Security has the authority to disperse any group of five (5) or more individuals using a pavilion without a rental. No manual, electric, solar, gas or motorized pumps, nor any device used to extract water from the Lakes will be allowed for the private use of residents for any purposes such as irrigation, cleaning, swimming pools, Jacuzzi’s, spas, hot tubs, air conditioning/heating, etc. DO NOT DRINK OR ALLOW PETS TO DRINKWATER FROM THE LAKES OR FROM IRRIGATION SYSTEM. It is not potable water. Drinkable water is available from water fountains or bottle fill stations located in the park. Bathrooms are located near the playground. Glass bottles or containers are strictly prohibited in the Park. Use of tobacco products is allowed within the park, but please be aware of other patrons and minor children in the surrounding area. Please do not throw cigarette or cigar butts on the ground. Make sure they are completely extinguished and then throw them away in a trash can. Alcohol is not permitted in the park without prior approval from the District Manager. Park staff have the authority to inspect coolers or containers if they suspect alcohol is present. Refusal to allow an inspection will result in the individual or group being removed from the park or Park Security being called. Swimming or any activity that may cause a park patron to be in the Lakes is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: swimming, wade fishing, wading, scuba diving, snorkeling, tubing, windsurfing, etc. Diving, climbing and jumping on, from or into the Lakes, ponds, bulkheads, docks, waterfalls, etc. is strictly prohibited. Any request for boating on a lake requires prior approval from the District Manager.
•Animals that are not properly restrained pose a threat to all our park users. While you may know your pet is friendly, an animal running at someone who is walking by is very scary for that person. Many children are afraid of animals and become frightened, which could result in the child getting hurt trying to avoid the animal. •“Pet” refers to any domesticated animal. •Harris County Animal Control Law requires, “All dogs and cats must be kept under restraint in Harris County”, Texas. The custodian of a dog or cat is not authorized to have, harbor or keep any unlicensed dog or cat, nor to allow any dog or cat to become a stray.” •All dogs and cats must be kept under restraint while in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, Texas; which includes all parts of WCID 110 and Forest Oaks. Pets must always be kept under direct physical control (on a leash) of their owner at all times. oRestraint is defined as “the control of a dog or cat under the following circumstances”: When it is controlled by a line or leash not more than six (6) feet in length, if the line or leash is held by a human being, who is capable of controlling or governing the dog or cat in question When it is within a fully enclosed vehicle When it is on the premise of the custodian and the animal does not have access to sidewalk or street.” •Pets which are not leashed can be reported Harris County Animal Control. •Owners can be cited for violations of Harris County Leash Law by law enforcement. •Any pet seen chasing or harming any waterfowl or wild animals will be removed from the park and the owner is subject to suspension from use of the park. •It is the owner’s responsibility to remove his/her pet’s waste from the park and lake and dispose of it in the appropriate trash receptacles located throughout the park. Failure to do so will result in the owner and pet being removed from the park and the owner is subject to suspension from use of the park.
•Park patrons are permitted to fish in the Lakes from docks or from the shoreline. •Only rod & reel type fishing is permitted. •Use of the following fishing techniques are prohibited: oNets (cast or seine) regardless of purpose for bait fish or game fish. oTrotlines or juglines oTraps oSpears oCompound or Crossbows •Non-District fish feeders of any type are prohibited to be installed near or discharged. •The stocking, releasing, or introducing any type of fish or animal into the lakes or park are strictly prohibited without prior approval from the District Manager. Fishing Catch and Release Policy •Effective May 1, 2023, all fishing is catch and release only unless otherwise approved by the District Manager. •Forest Oaks staff and Security Officers have the authority to inspect any container, cooler, or other items capable of holding fish at any time. Non-compliance with an inspection request will result confiscation of container and removal from the Park and possible criminal trespassing citation. •If an individual is found to be removing fish from the lakes, they will be suspended from access and issued a criminal trespassing citation. •Forest Oaks will schedule fishing tournaments throughout the year. During these events, a limited number of fish will be allowed to be caught and kept, depending on the stock and health of our fish.
Swimming and Entering Lakes
•Swimming or any activity that may cause a park patron to be in the Lakes is strictly prohibited. oThis includes, but is not limited to: swimming, wade fishing, wading, scuba diving, snorkeling, tubing, windsurfing, etc. •Diving, climbing and jumping on, from or into the Lakes, ponds, bulkheads, docks, waterfalls, etc. is strictly prohibited.
Water Crafts and Boating
•Any request for boating on a lake requires prior approval from the District Manager. oApplications can be found on District website under Parks and Rec then click on the Rentals button. oPlease submit Rental Application A-1 along with Rental Application A-3 (Consent Waiver and Liability Agreement) at least three business days prior to the requested date. •No boats, canoes, rafts or other waterborne craft shall be propelled by an internal combustion engine(s) (gasoline) or an electric motor, either inboard or outboard. •Inflatable crafts, sail and surfboards are prohibited on the Park lakes. •No water craft shall be left unattended in the water at any time. •No water craft shall be stored in the water. •All person, regardless of age, must wear a US Coast Guard approved lifejacket while in any water craft. •All children under the age of 14 shall be accompanied by an adult (18 year or older) at all time times while in any water craft.
Waterfalls, Creeks, Spillways, and other Rock Features
Waterfalls, Spillways, and other Rock Features •Hardscape and rock structures are not support structures. •No person shall be allowed to stand, walk, run, climb on, jump on or from, or perform any other activity on the hardscape and rock structures. •Fishing is not allowed from any rock structure. •Snakes are frequently seen on and in rock structure crevices and laying/curled up on stones due to the higher surface temperature. Creeks •Do not enter any of the creeks located in or around the park. •Banks to the creeks may be covered in debris, slick, loose, or dangerous terrain. It is highly recommended that you do not attempt to get near the creeks. •Fishing in the creek is allowed if inside the boundaries of Forest Oaks Park. •It is highly discouraged that park guests attempt to use watercraft on Cypress Creek from Forest Oaks park as there are no docks or boating ramps available.
General Wildlife Guidelines
General Wildlife Guidelines •Do not feed the wildlife. •Do not chase, run after, throw items at, or otherwise irritate the wildlife. •Be very careful and alert when on nature trails or more remote areas of the park. •Residents are not permitted to manipulate the number of wild animals, waterfowl by introduction, harvesting, extraction, or breeding. •The District reserves the right to remove, dispose of, or destroy any nuisance wild animals and waterfowl it feels is necessary whether or not such waterfowl belongs to or was purchased by a resident without liability to any resident. Injured Animals •Animals within the Park may appear to be injured for any number of reasons. It is nature and part of life. •Forest Oaks staff will not respond to injured animals as we are not trained or licensed to provide the care needed for wild animals. •If reported to the office, we will take the information but are not able to render aid or care for wild animals. Nuisance Animals and Waterfowl •Nuisance animals and waterfowl can cause serious problems in the water as well as on land. •Do not approach, chase, or disturb wildlife. Snakes •Forest Oaks Park is home to hundreds of snakes. Treat all snakes as if they are poisonous and stay away from them. •If you encounter a snake: oLeave it alone. oRemain calm. oAvoid disturbing the snake further or driving it into hiding…you want to know where it is at all times. oRegardless of your personal history with snakes, do not attempt to catch or kill a snake. Leave it alone. •If you are bitten: oSeek immediate medical attention at the nearest medical facility. oIf Forest Oaks staff are in the area, they can provide assistance in getting you to your personal vehicle or to your group/family. oForest Oaks is not liable or responsible for any snake bites, medical expenses related to snake bites, or potential short or long-term injury/illness up to and including death from a snake bite. Deer and Deer Feeders •Forest Oaks Park has multiple deer feeders located on the property. Do not touch or disturb the deer feeders. •Do not feed deer. •Do not chase or attempt to run at or after a deer.
Fireworks, Hunting, and Firearms
No person may possess within the Park or around the Lakes, any fireworks without prior approval from the District Manager. •WCID110 and Forest Oaks follows all applicable Texas state laws regarding firearms. •The Laws and Regulations related to firearms can be found on the Texas Department of Public Safety website. •Violations of firearms policies will be enforced by Park Security, Precinct 4 Constables, or other law enforcement officers. •Park patrons may legally carry conceal or open carry with current License to Carry (LTC) in their possession. •Hunting is prohibited. •Possession of any type of unauthorized or illegal firearms or weapons is strictly prohibited o“Weapon” means a rifle, bow and arrow, club, handgun, firearm, illegal knife, shotgun, short-barrel firearm, gas gun or gas pistol, BB gun or BB pistol, pellet gun or pellet pistol, zip gun, sling or sling shot, blow guns and includes those objects defined as weapons or prohibited weapons in Chapter 46 of the Texas Penal Code. oThe prohibition on handguns, firearms, and shot guns in this paragraph does not apply to District Constables, other law enforcement authorities, the District Manager or authorized agents of the District.
Reporting Issues or Concerns with Park, Lakes, Paths/Trails and Amenities
Any person witnessing any concerning action or situation should immediately notify either:
Precinct 4 Constables Office – 281-376-3472
Forest Oaks District Manager – Office: 281-353-0998 Work Cell: 346-831-9930
District Foreman – 832-257-8300
If you see hazardous conditions or objects on a trail, please notify:
A Forest Oaks employee if you see them in the park, or
email us at email@example.com, or
call the office at 281-353-0998.