The best Texas lakes may be in every corner of the state. Do you think? Or do you think they're concentrated in certain areas? One thing's for sure, many are created from damming rivers or major streams.
We all know Texas is a huge U.S. Southwestern state. With coastal areas, hills, plains, deserts, mountains, piney woods and all kinds of areas in between. And through it all go the rivers, streams - and the lakes.
We've traveled Texas quite a bit. And we're not done yet! Have you been there? Are you planning to go? Do you live in Texas?
All told, there's certainly lots & lots of lakes. So together let's find some of the best lakes in Texas. See if you agree! Maybe you'll be willing to Add Your Favorites to the mix?!
Then You can...
Damming Big Cypress Creek created this reservoir & adjacent Lake Cypress Springs. Once called Fort Sherman Dam Lake & Cherokee Trail Lake. Now named for business/civic leader. Historically the site of Fort Sherman.1 Why it's among the best Texas Lakes:2
LAKE BOB SANDLIN STATE PARK - Adjacent, has all the recreational amenities: boating/launch ramp, trails for hiking or bicycling, geocaching, picnicking.
Choose your preferred access on these pristine Brazos River created waters.
Get There: Near Hillsboro take I-35, either Exits 367/368/B to Rt. 22W., arriving at South end of this 2nd best Texas lake.
Why the best? Picturesque at over 200+ shoreline miles. Usually known for clarity, with excellent boating & fishing (try for stripers!).
Teens love diving from the "White Cliffs of Whitney!"3
Washita Prairie location has gorgeous springtime wildflower displays. Plus it's dotted with diverse shade trees.
Ideal Lake Whitney Texas Lake Places to Visit South to North:
Whitney Dam - Has overlook & picnic area. Plus below the dam, there's Riverside Park. Army Corps of Engineers operation. 254-622-3332
Walling Bend Park - West side. Corps of Engineers provided boat launches, primitive camp-sites. There are cliff-bluffs for diving.
Lofers Bend Park - Off Hwy. 22. Two campgrounds: West & East. A marina has boat storage, with campsite & cabin rentals (call 254-694-3129). Plus day-use area with swimming beach & picnicking.
Lake Whitney State Park - Fabulous place to stay, for their campgrounds with full hookups, elec/water or just water. 137 In All!
No tent/RV? They have screened shelters, too.
Once there: take a trail, try a Ranger program, see local animal life, swim, find a geocache, go boating OR Fishing:
McCown Valley Park - Oak & Cedar trees scattered over lovely meadows.
Cedron Creek Park - Army Corp. of Engineers. Well-run, between creek & lake's west side. Access north of McCown, across Katy Bridge.
Juniper Cove Park - Between the lake & Cedar Creek. Army Corp. of Engineers property.
Steele Creek Park - Another Army Corp of Engineers facility. Roomy park on a peninsula between Steele Creek & where the Brazos River transitions into a lake.
You can find even more parks & points of interest all around Lake Whitney. How could it not be one of the best Texas lakes?
Some might even say its got some of the Best Things to Do at a lake!
This one is tops in our view.
Large enough, about 20,000 acres. But with many stunning side coves, giving the feel of a smaller lake: 300+ shoreline miles.
Kind-of reminding us of our own sort of lake of that type: Lake Powell in Arizona (tho' much of it a Utah Lake!).
But here in Possum Kingdom, this absolutely best Texas lake accommodates plenty of entertainment styles all around its shores!
Gorgeous cliffside areas! The best boating opportunities.
The lake waters are delightfully blue & clean. The Brazos River Valley's scenic beauty, amidst Palo Pinto Mountain foothills, is irresistible. It's certainly among the Prettiest Texas Lakes.
Have a look at a great place to access it:
Possum Kingdom State Park - 1500 acres here is ideal for checking out the lake.
THE LAKE'S WATER!
Fish from shore or pier, no license required!
Have a license? Then put a Boat In at the launch & try for white, largemouth & striped bass. You may catch blue or channel catfish. Almost certainly white crappie!
Bring your own boat. Or rent one, even paddle style (kids love it!) or kayaks.
Clean your catch at the Fish Station & cook 'em for dinner over your campfire!
What else IN THE WATER?
Beaches on Possum Kingdom Lake - Go swimming, there are several exceptional public beaches.
Sandy Beach - No fee weekdays/off-season. Summer Weekends/+Holiday Rates: $3 mid-May to mid-Sept.
Bug Beach - The beach is nice here also, with good sand.
Brazos River Authority North D & D - Nice sandy beach within, plus a campground, playground, restroom with showers, boat ramp & dock.
Don't Forget the Beach in the State Park!
More Outdoor Activities - You'll find lakeside golf courses, many more campgrounds, resorts & marinas with all kinds of water craft rentals (explore the lake's islands!). And what else?
Take a Road Trip over to Mineral Wells Fossil Park. East via Hwys. 16, 254 & 337.
Take the PK Hike/Bike Trail - Trail through cedar/oak forest natural/primitive areas near the lakeside.
If the Weather Turns On You! Now it doesn't happen very often, but you may want some indoor things to do on those occasions. Best to call ahead for hours.8
Road Trip to Swenson Memorial Museum - In Breckenridge. Approx. 1 hour drive.
Road Trip to Old Jail Museum Complex - In Palo Pinto. Approx. 45 minute drive.
Texas has so many more lakes, there must be a greater number than we've mentioned that are the best and prettiest Texas lakes. What other Texas Lakes to Visit do you know?
If you like to get away from it all, this could be one of the best Texas lakes to do that!
It's pretty huge, almost 15,000 acres!9 Close to the town of Breckenridge, North Central part of the state. That's where to get your supplies. What makes this created reservoir one of the best?
It's the largest natural, fresh-water lake within the borders of the whole state of Texas! Yet it's not even very large, about 10,000 surface acres.1
We also love it for its location near Corpus Christi & Port Aransas.
Named for the unique greenish color! So they say.
There are efforts to make A Park for it. There are lots of novelties regarding it, to qualify for our list of best Texas lakes.
Adjacent to Port Arthur, the Sabine Lake borders Louisiana. Two river mouths open onto its waters: the Sabine River & Neches River.
It runs about 14 miles generally from North to South, & about half that width.
The waters are brackish, covering about 45,320 surface acres. Continually refreshed with inflow from rivers & its watershed, plus averaging up to 60 inches of yearly rainfall.1
As a tidal estuary, it's an important feature for bird & marine life.
On the Texas side, Port Arthur is very urban & in the thick of the oil industry. A natural opening to the Gulf of Mexico is called Sabine Pass.10
What we love about this Texas lake, is the saltwater/gulf proximity & feel.
And the fishing mix here. How about trout, plus flounder?11 Don't forget redfish, red snapper, ling, amberjack, shark & even more!12 And lots of knowledgeable guides to help you out, if you need it!
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