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A Guide To North Texas Lakes

Spend summer at one of Texas' many lakes
Lake Texoma

There are few things better than spending an afternoon on the water. Despite the fact that Texas is only home to one natural lake, the Lone Star State boasts many man-made lakes perfect for a weekend getaway or afternoon picnic near the water.

Here’s your guide to lakes in North Texas:

Lewisville Lake

Cost: $10 per car 
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Surrounded by 9,000 protected acres, Lewisville Lake spans 29,000 acres with 233 miles of shoreline and an average depth of 25 feet. It's ideal for fishing, water sports, boating, and scenic trails. Known as the "Urban Bass Fishing Capital of Texas," it hosts diverse fish species and offers ample recreational activities. The city of Lewisville manages a 622-acre park on the lake's south shore, featuring picnic areas, camping, pavilions, beaches and athletic facilities. The lake also provides marinas, boat rentals and launch ramps, making it a year-round hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts in North Texas.


Grapevine Lake

Cost: $5 per vehicle ($10 per vehicle on holidays)
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Lake Grapevine, spanning 8,000 acres, is a hub for boating, water-skiing, windsurfing, fishing and camping. Its picturesque shoreline and over nine miles of trails make it a premier spot for hiking and biking. Boaters have access to Scott's Landing Marina at Oak Grove Park, the lake's largest marina, providing easy entry to the main body of Lake Grapevine. Silver Lake Marina, home to charter services like Island Bound Adventures and Black Watch Sailing Charters, further enhances the lake's appeal as a recreational haven in Grapevine.

Burger’s Lake  

Cost: $20 day pass, season passes available 
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Located right in the heart of Fort Worth, it's hard to believe a park like this still exists within city limits. Enjoy sandy beaches, shady trees, charcoal grills for cooking, six diving boards, three slides, a 25-foot trapeze, bounce balloons, volleyball courts, a kids' splash pad and more.

White Rock Lake  

Cost: No charge for entrance
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White Rock Lake stands out as one of Dallas Park system's busiest parks, hosting numerous special events and runs. It provides diverse options for both active and passive activities, making it an ideal urban spot to enjoy natural areas and observe wildlife. While swimming is prohibited, visitors can rent kayaks or hike around the park's many water-front trails. 


Lake Lavon

Cost: $5 per vehicle
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Lake Lavon, nestled just three miles east of Wylie, offers a picturesque setting for outdoor enthusiasts. Renowned for its excellent fishing, camping facilities, parks and scenic hiking trails, Lake Lavon has been a cherished destination since its completion in 1953. It remains a vibrant hub for a variety of outdoor activities, serving as a beloved retreat for locals and visitors alike seeking natural beauty and recreational opportunities.

Eagle Mountain Lake  

Cost: $10 during weekdays and $20 on weekends, per vehicle
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Eagle Mountain Lake, spanning 8,694 acres, stands as one of the most scenic lakes in North Texas. This popular destination offers abundant opportunities for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and leisurely boating. Eagle Mountain Park also boasts several excellent hiking trails, perfect for exploring the natural beauty of the area.

Benbrook Lake 

Cost: $5 per car 
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Benbrook Lake is nestled in the scenic countryside of rolling hills and prairie meadows southwest of Fort Worth. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, camping, fishing, hunting, boating, hiking and birdwatching in the parks and public lands around the lake. Swimming is permitted in certain areas of the lake. Visit the website for additional information. 


Lake Texoma

Cost: price varies 
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Be prepared for a bit of a drive — it may be worth it for a spot like this. Lake Texoma boasts numerous beaches along its shores, offering visitors a chance to swim in soothing waters, cool off, and escape the bustle of the city. Under normal conditions, Lake Texoma features 550 miles of shoreline. The Red River arm stretches 45 miles in Texas, and the Washita arm extends 30 miles in Oklahoma, covering a total of 93,080 acres impounded by Denison Dam.

Ray Roberts Lake 

Cost: $12 adults, kids 12 and under free
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Experience a tranquil retreat just an hour north of DFW at Ray Roberts Lake State Park. Whether for a day trip or a weekend getaway, there's plenty to enjoy! On land, explore activities such as camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, rollerblading, geocaching and backpacking. On the water, swim at designated beach areas (note: no lifeguards on duty), paddle or fish in the kids’ fishing pond or the lake itself. 

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