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COWTRAP LAKES. The Cowtrap Lakes, a group of three shallow, connected lakes linked to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, are near the Matagorda county line in south central Brazoria County (at 28°51' N, 95°31' W). Each of the three nearly circular lakes is less than a mile in diameter. The surrounding area of brackish to saltwater marsh is made up of muds and sands that support rushes and grasses.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"COWTRAP LAKES," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.