LakesParks & Outdoors

The Dallas Region has shores galore. The roughly 8,000-acre Grapevine Lake in Grapevine (where else?) is best known for its diversity of watersports. You can engage in many types of activities there, from swimming and boating to jet skiing and windsurfing. The lake also has good fishing and nice campgrounds. Joe Pool Lake, southwest of Dallas, is nearly as big, at roughly 7,000 acres. Joe Pool Marina and Lynn Creek Marina have hundreds of wet slips for all kinds of boats; rentals are available, too. Though the lake has great camping in Cedar Hill State Park and nice beaches, it is best known for its excellent fish stock: largemouth black bass; white, striped, and yellow bass; carp; catfish; crappie; gar; and sunfish. Reeling one in is as easy as baiting a hook.


White Rock Lake

East Dallas

  • Fishing and picnicking
  • Kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals
  • Corinthian Sailing Club – White Rock Rowing
  • 9-mile running and biking trail around the lake

Lake Ray Roberts

Northeast of Denton

  • Great fishing (bass, catfish, crappie)
  • Lake Ray Roberts Marina
  • Boating, including boat rentals
  • Walk-in campsites and picnic pavilions
  • Lantana resort, with horse stalls

Lake Ray Hubbard

Dallas, Kaufman, Collin, & Rockwall counties

  • Great fishing (bass, catfish, crappie)
  • Boating, including boat rentals
  • Three marinas, boat ramps, & yacht clubs
  • The Harbor Rockwall – dining, shops, & entertainment

Lewisville Lake


  • Boating, including boat rentals
  • Five marinas
  • Lots of beaches and picnic areas
  • Nice campgrounds
  • Party cove

More Places to Make a Splash

> Lake Arlington – Arlington

> Benbrook Lake – Southwest Tarrant County

> Cedar Creek Reservoir – Henderson and Kaufman counties

> Eagle Mountain Lake – Northwest Tarrant County


> Lake Lavon – near Wylie

> Lake Worth – Fort Worth

> Lake Tawakoni – near Greenville