Fairfield Lake State Park

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Fairfield Lake State Park

Texas

(903) 389-4514

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Overview

Fairfield Lake State Park is 1460 acres northeast of the City of Fairfield in Freestone County. The park was acquired in 1971 - 1972 by lease from Texas Utilities and was opened to the public in 1976. Activities include camping, backpacking, hiking, day use equestrian, nature study, bird watching, boating on this 2400-acre lake, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and lake swimming in a large, buoyed, sandy area.

The history of the area around Fairfield Lake State Park resembles that of much of rural eastern Texas. Long occupied by Native Americans who exploited its waterways, the land was first broken in the mid-nineteenth century and planted in cotton and corn by Anglo farmers and, about a third of the time, their African-American slaves. Following the Civil War, the crop-lien system took root. Blacks and whites alike worked in the service of the cotton crop until after World War II, when changes in American agriculture and increased employment opportunities away from the farm brought an end to the era of widespread cotton farming. Since that time, cattle ranching has prevailed throughout the region. The human population of the Brown Creek area, never large, is now widely scattered over the region. In this sparsely populated area, Texas Utilities built its dam, creating Fairfield Lake as a cooling system for its new power plant.

Map of Fairfield Lake (TX)

Latitude, Longitude: 31.780675, -96.069674

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat ramps are available.

  • Camping

    There are campsites with water (most on the lakefront); campsites with water and electricity; a hike-in primitive camping area (at the end of a 6-mile, round-trip hiking trail); picnicking; an overflow camping area; restrooms with and without showers.

  • Fishing

    Popular catches include catfish, bass, carp, freshwater redfish, and other varieties. A lighted fishing pier; a fish-cleaning shelter; a fish-cleaning table; boat ramps are available.

  • Hiking

    A six-mile trail has connected an older 9-mile trail to provide a continuous 15 miles of trailways that provide multi-use (hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian) access from one end of the park to the other. Much of the trail is adjacent to the 2400-acre Fairfield Lake. There is also a 2-mile nature trail and 1 mile of bird watching trail.

  • Horseback Riding

    Fairfield Lake has approximately 15 miles of day use equestrian trails.

  • Water Sports

    Visitors can enjoy boating, water skiing, and jet skiing on this 2,400 acre lake.

Seasonality/Weather

Weather: July average high is 95; January average low is 35; April and May are wettest months; first/last freeze: November 29/March 11. The park is open 7 days a week year-round, except for Public Hunts. Busy season: March through November.

Directions

Driving

The park is 6 miles northeast of Fairfield off FM 2570 on FM 3285 adjacent to Fairfield Lake. 90 miles south of the Dallas/ Fort Worth area, 150 miles north of the Houston area, and 60 miles east of Waco. The park is located just a few miles from Interstate 45, northeast of the city of Fairfield, Texas.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(903) 389-4514

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