Lake Tawakoni State Park

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Lake Tawakoni State Park

Texas

(903) 560-7123

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Overview

Lake Tawakoni State Park is a 376.3-acre park in Hunt County with 5.2 miles of shoreline along the south central shore of the main body of the reservoir. It was acquired in 1984. The park was authorized through a 50 year lease agreement with the Sabine River Authority, which operates the 36,700-surface-acre reservoir (at elevation 437.5) and Iron Bridge Dam, on the headwaters of the Sabine River.

The reservoir's primary purpose is to provide a municipal and industrial water supply for the surrounding communities and the City of Dallas. With a shoreline of approximately 200 miles, stretching through Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt counties, Lake Tawakoni provides water-oriented recreation for much of central northeast Texas. Prior to construction of the reservoir in 1960, the surrounding land area had been settled by ranchers and farmers following its occupation by "prehistoric Indians" and many historic Indian tribes for whom Lake Tawakoni is named. In order to provide stewardship of the natural resources present, the master plan was developed to provide a balance between recreational demands of the region and preservation of natural resources.

Map of Lake Tawakoni (TX)

Latitude, Longitude: 32.841953, -96.000595

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Activities

  • Boating

    A four-lane boat ramp is available for users to put their boats in the lake.

  • Bicycling

    There is a Level 1 (beginner) level trail which is 3 miles long. The trail is level with lots of twists and turns.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available on Lake Tawakoni. Predominant fish species include striped and hybrid striped bass, white bass, catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass. Striped bass, hybrid striped bass and white bass are vital to the local economy, providing excellent fisheries especially in the lake's open water areas. Striped and hybrid bass are stocked annually by TPWD to maintain the fisheries. Channel and blue catfish are abundant, along with limited numbers of flathead catfish. Largemouth bass is also a popular sportfish in this reservoir. Crappie fishing can be good around standing timber, bridge pilings, and artificial fish attractors. Flooded timber, although not abundant, is found in scattered areas throughout Lake Tawakoni. Aquatic vegetation is sparse and tends to decrease following lake draw-downs. As water levels increase, emergent aquatic plants such as smartweed establish dense areas of cover. Main lake humps tend to attract schools of striped bass, hybrid striped bass, and white bass. The habitat on Lake Tawakoni is limited, so any available cover tends to attract and hold largemouth bass. Catfishing is one of Lake Tawakoni's sure bets. Anglers use a range of baits including cut bait, shrimp, liver, stink baits and earthworms. Techniques include drift fishing, bank fishing, and trotlining. Catches of trophy blue catfish, especially during winter months are fairly common. Largemouth bass anglers should concentrate their efforts around available cover such as piers, boat houses, vegetation and trees along the shoreline. Peak times for fishing include spring for spawning fish and fall for schooling fish. Spawning fish are frequently caught using spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and jigs. Schooling fish can be caught using crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures.

    In spring and summer, surfacing schools of striped bass, hybrid stripers and white bass can be caught using slabs, spoons, shad-bodied grubs, and topwater baits. Seagulls are attracted when schooling fish chase bait fish to the surface. Early morning, dusk, and overcast days are good times to find these schooling fish. When there is no surface activity, anglers should try vertical jigging slabs or spoons off the bottom or trolling major points using lipless crankbaits, sassy shads and roadrunners. In addition, live shad are used by many anglers to catch hybrids and stripers. Crappie fishing is often concentrated near bridge pilings, submerged trees and brush piles in late spring and fall.

  • Hiking

    This park has 5.5 miles of hiking trails.

  • Picnicking

    There are 40 picnic sites.

  • RVing

    Contact park about RVing oppurtunities.

  • Water Sports

    Facilities include a swimming beach and a four-lane boat ramp, so plenty of water sports occur.

Seasonality/Weather

Average annual rainfall 42.4 inches. January average low is 30 degrees. July average high is 95 degrees.

Directions

Driving

The park is located some 50 miles east of Dallas and 25 miles south of Greenville. From Interstate 20, take State Highway 47 north through Wills Point to FM 2475 and continue for about 4 miles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(903) 560-7123

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