Texas lakes near DFW: a guide to fishing, boating, camping & recreational lakes in Dallas & Fort Worth area.

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Texas Lakes

A guide to the fishing, boating, camping and recreational uses of the best Texas lakes that are also reasonably close to DFW.

Cedar Creek Lake Lake Granbury Lake Tawakoni
Grapevine Lake Lake Lavon Lake Texoma
Joe Pool Lake Lake Lewisville Lake Whitney
Lake Fork Lake Ray Hubbard Ray Roberts Lake
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Cedar Creek Lake 60 miles southeast of Dallas
34,300 acres
Setting: Week-end retreats with many lakeside developments.
Recreation: Cedar Creek offers all recreational boating.
Facilities: Ample marinas and boat rentals.
Fishing: Good for crappie and white bass.
Directions: US 175 south from Dallas crosses lake.

Grapevine Lake Actually in metroplex in Grapevine, Flower Mound.
7,280 acres
Setting: Not known for its beauty.
Recreation: Recreational boating, including sailing, skiing, cruising.
Camping and day use.
Facilities: Ample marinas, camping, boat ramps, and day use facilities.
Fishing: Good largemouth bass fishing.
Comments: This metropolitan lake is crowded.
Directions: Take state Highway 114 to Grapevine, then go north to lake.

Joe Pool Lake Actually in metroplex to south in Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie.
7,740 acres
Recreation: Day use, camping, recreational boating.
Facilities: Good marinas, public camp grounds, day use areas.
Fishing: Fishing is only fair in this lake.
Comments: East side of lake is rolling and more attractive than west side.
Directions: Take I-20 to FM 1382 or Great Southwest Parkway, go south to lake.

Lake Fork 80 miles east of Dallas 27,000 acres
Recreation: Recreational boating is dangerous due to timber being left in place.
Facilities: Few parks and meager overnight facilities. Even the marinas cater to the fishing crowd.
Fishing: Best bass fishing in Texas, maybe the nation. One fishing guide told e-MAG people fly in from all over the world to fish here!
Comments: Boasts the catch of 15 of the 20 largest bass ever caught in Texas.
Directions: Take I-30 to Sulphur Springs, then take Highway 154 to lake. Can also take I-30 to Greenville, Highway 69 south to Emory. Take Highway 515 to lake.

Lake Granbury About 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Setting: Scenic winding river-type lake on the Brazos River.
Recreation: Boating, camping, fishing, and day use.
Facilities: Excellent facilities for camping, boating, day use.
Fishing: Good striped and sand bass fishing plus catfish.
Directions: Take Highway 377 from Fort Worth. Highway 377 actually crosses Lake Granbury in the town of Granbury.

Lake Lavon Less than 20 miles northeast of Dallas.
21,400 acres Recreation: Boating, camping, day use.
Facilities: Good camping parks and day use areas.
Fishing: Crappie and white bass with excellent crappie fishing in spring.
Comments: High water sometimes causes problems for marinas in this fluctuating-level lake. Directions: Take Highway 78 from Dallas, north to the lake.

Lake Lewisville South shores are actually in Lewisville.
29,592 acres
Setting: Another lake not particularly known for its beauty.
Recreation: Sailing, cruising, skiing, camping, day use.
Facilities: Include campgrounds, marinas, day use areas. Restaurants, clubs, and hotels are located near this lake.
Fishing: Good fishing for sand and largemouth bass.
Comments: Said by some to be one of the most dangerous lakes in Texas, primarily because of careless boaters.
Directions: I-35, north from Dallas, crosses Lewisville Lake between Lewisville and Lake Dallas.

Lake Ray Hubbard East of Dallas in suburban towns of Garland and Rockwall.
22,745 acres
Recreation: Excellent sailing and recreational boating, particularly in south end of lake. No swimming allowed. Many sailors swear by Lake Ray Hubbard.
Facilities: Marinas, boat rentals, and lakeside services are excellent. No camping facilities.
Fishing: Excellent fishing for white bass and hybrid stripers.
Directions: Take I-30 east from Dallas and cross lake at Rockwall.

Lake Richard Chambers 65 miles south of Dallas
44,752 acres
Recreation: Sailing and boating are developing because potential is good.
Facilities: Sparse camping, launching ramps, marinas, or lakeside businesses here.
Fishing: Good fishing for white and largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish.
Comments: Largely undeveloped at this time.
Directions: From Dallas take I-45 to Corsicana, then US 287 east to the lake.

Lake Tawakoni 60 miles east of Dallas
36,700 acres
Setting: Tawakoni is not known for its beauty.
Recreation: Relatively uncrowded recreational boating.
Facilities: Ample marinas, boating ramps, and lakeside facilities but most are private.
Fishing: Good for striped and largemouth bass, crappie, catfish. One of top white bass lakes in Texas.
Directions: Take I-30 east to Greenville, US 69 south to Lone Oak, then FM 1571 to the lake. Or take US 80 east to Wills Point, then FM 1571 or FM 47 north to lake.

Lake Texoma 80 miles north of Dallas, straddles Texas and Oklahoma on the Red River.
89,000 acres
Setting: Rocky bluffs, and clear, deep, unobstructed water that can be quite rough in high winds.
Recreation: Skiing, sailing, boating, cruising, camping, day use and resort areas on 580 miles of shoreline..
Facilities: Fifty parks, over 100 day use areas, luxury resorts, ample marinas.
Facilities are varied and excellent.
Fishing: Striped & black bass plus lunker catfish & crappie fishing is good. Requires a special Texoma license good for fishing both Oklahoma and Texas waters.
Directions:Take US 75 north to Denison, then west on FM 120 or north on FM 84.

Lake Whitney 75 miles south of Dallas.
23,560 acres
Setting: Meandering river-type lake on the Brazos River is quite scenic but can be very windy and rough, particularly on lower end.
Recreation: Recreational uses range from boating and cruising to sailing, fishing, and camping.
Facilities: Ample and varied facilities from campgrounds to private parks. Several marinas.
Fishing: Top Texas lake for smallmouth bass but also good for sandies and striped bass.
Directions: From Fort Worth, take I-35 south to Hillsboro, then Highway 22 west to lake.

Ray Roberts Lake 70 miles north of Dallas.
29,350 acres
Setting: The entire lake is a wildlife management area.
Recreation: Camping and fishing are prime recreational uses.
Facilities: Excellent camping here.
Fishing: Superb largemouth and white bass plus crappie.
Directions: From Dallas take I-35 north to Sanger, then east on FM 455 to lake.

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