Kimball Bend Park is a controlled access Corps of Engineers park. The park has is camping only, no day use. The Corps has recently upgraded this park from a primitive park to a full facility park with water and electricity. The park also contains historical monuments to the Chisholm Trail. There are remnants of several old buildings that have been preserved by the Corps. This is the location that the old cattle trail herds forded the Brazos River.
The ramp is a standard Corps of Engineers 2 lane concrete ramp with an adjustable boat dock. It is a somewhat shallower, that is not as steep as the standard Corps ramp because the river access there is shallow. There is plenty of paved ramp parking. This ramp gives great access to either the river or the upper end of Whitney Lake.
These photos were taken on two different dates, August 22, 2011 and February 4, 2012. The lake level on August 22, 2011 was 522 feet or 13 feet low. The February 4, 2012 photos were taken when the lake level was 527 feet 7 1/2 inches or 5 feet 4 1/2 inches low. As of March 14, 2012 the lake was just a little over normal pool of 533 feet. You can use your judgment to estimate the ramp usefulness at the current time.
Ramp at 13 feet low or Lake Level of 522 feet:
The Kimball Bend park boat ramp is Closed by the Corps and gated off. You cannot get close to it by car. The Brazos River appears to be shallow there.
What the current lake level illustrates is how the river access from the ramp is laid out. This can be a tricky ramp if you are not
familiar with the area around the ramp. When water levels are a little below the normal 533, a person can run
aground there. As show in this picture, the river access is a 90 degree from the end of the ramp.
Ramp with the lake at 527 feet 7 1/2 inches or 5 feet 4 1/2 inches low.
At this level, the ramp is fully functional. These pictures will show a lot of trash and drift wood in the water as the river was rising at this time. But, the river and lake will clear quickly.
Like Plowman Creek, Kimball Bend Park is a controlled access park. It provides the fisherman with great access to the more remote upper end areas of the lake and yet your rig will be relatively safe inside the Corps of Engineers park. This is a huge improvement of the park before the COE upgraded it and the ramp area was accessible directly from the highway.