Bee Creek in Wild Basin
Bee Creek runs through Wild Basin, flowing from west to east across the preserve. It enters the preserve from the west, under Loop 360, and continues flowing across the preserve where you might see it at the waterfall or at one of several creek crossings on the trail. After it leaves Wild Basin, it flows all the way to Lake Austin, where it empties into the lake near the Tom Miller dam (near Redbud Isle and Hula Hut).
Wild Basin is part of the Bee Creek watershed. A watershed is an area of land from which surface runoff drains into a body of water such as a stream, creek, river, lake, or ocean. The health of this particular creek reflects the conditions throughout the watershed, not just those along its banks.
Water quality in Bee Creek
The careful monitoring of water quality here at Wild Basin helps protect not only this environmentally sensitive area, but it also protects the entire watershed. Parameters such as nutrient levels, dissolved oxygen levels, pH, and conductivity are measured and recorded on a monthly basis.
For a more in-depth look at water quality here at Wild Basin in Bee Creek, please click here.