Best Lake in North Texas -- Lake Texoma
Updated: Mar 3, 2020
They say that everything is bigger in Texas ... including the lakes. Texas is home to the 12th largest lake in the United States -- Lake Texoma -- spanning 83,000 acres and conveniently located only an hour north of Dallas. Situated between Oklahoma and Texas along the Red River, Lake Texoma is visited by over six million visitors from all over the world who come to boat, fish, camp, hike, hunt, horseback ride and golf. It's also a favorite spot to look for fossils of ancient sea creatures in Texoma's limestone cliffs.
Texoma is by far my favorite lake in Texas and in my opinion, is the Lake Michigan of Texas. There are more than two dozen marinas on the lake many of which offer restaurants and gas docks, as well as public boat ramps.
One of the best parts of the lake are the many islands that are speckled throughout the 83,000 acres. If you are boating to one of the islands, be sure to avoid an island that doesn't have any other boat traffic. There may be underwater trees, stumps or deep water. North and Wood Islands have long been favorites and are the closest islands to Highport and Cedar Bayou Marinas. In the past North was always known as the party spot but the recent floods have changed that landscape quite a bit. One great thing about Texoma is that you can camp overnight on the islands. Just be aware of the weather forecast because you definitely don't want to be on Texoma when a storm decides to make an appearance.
According to the Lake Texoma Online Guide, The Army Corps of Engineers maintains 10 campgrounds with over 700 campsites, 25 miles of equestrian trails, a rugged 14-mile Cross Timbers hiking trail through rocky and wooded bluffs overlooking the lake, boat rentals, slip rentals and concessions.
Two wildlife refuges flank the northern and southern ends of Lake Texoma, Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma and Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Visitors often see eagles, ducks, geese, heron and egret during their annual migrations, as well as resident white-tail deer and wild hogs. Hunting permits are available from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. (Source: Lake Texoma Online Guide)
I strongly recommend Texoma ... you really will feel like you've escaped the city life for the day. By the way, the closest (and largest) marina to launch from the Dallas area is Highport Marina. They also have a great restaurant that's open to the public and overlooks the marina.
For more information on Lake Texoma -- http://www.laketexoma.com.