The Matt Cook Wildlife Viewing Platform is a stunning, two-story structure overlooking KPC’s 140-acre Warren Lake, which teems with wildlife year around. The fully ADA-accessible platform is dedicated to the memory of a young wildlife and fisheries graduate student who loved the outdoors and spent many hours studying and enjoying the wildlife of the Katy Prairie. The Platform is open from 7 AM to dusk 365 days a year.
Warren Lake is one of the premier wildlife viewing hotspots on the Gulf Coast, where visitors can come to catch a glimpse of eagles, grating birds passing through the prairie, and other dazzling wildlife. A picturesque location for wildlife photography, Warren Lake also provides stargazing and hiking to visitors of the prairie. Thousands of people visit the lake annually to view the prairie at their leisure. Over one thousand volunteer-grown native wildflowers and grasses were planted at the area by local schoolchildren, scouts, and nature lovers in anticipation of this event to help give the prairie a burst of growth.
The platform was made possible by many generous donations to the Matt Cook Memorial Fund (led by Christy and John Murchison) The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Fondren Foundation, and Texas Parks & Wildlife Great Birding Classic (Vopak Vultures team).