Wright Patman Dam And Lake
Wright Patman Lake is located in the beautiful piney woods of northeast Texas. The lake includes about 30,000 surface acres of water and 50,000 acres of land. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started construction in August 1948 and completed in July 1953 to supply water to the city of Texarkana and to provide flood control for the Sulphur and Red River. Numerous recreational opportunities are available including camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, hunting, and wildlife viewing including wintering bald eagles, pelicans, and various migratory ducks. Local attractions include numerous festivals such as Four State Fair and Rodeo, Quadrangle Street Festival, Jump, Jive and Jam Festival in Texarkana; Forest Festival in Atlanta; and Frontier Days Festival in New Boston. Texarkana also has numerous museums and points of interest including historic buildings and memorials.
Wright Patman Lake has 17 boat ramps available for boaters to use while enjoying the lake. Available are 8 day use ramp facilities, 3 ramps available for campers and 6 lease areas with ramps. At Wright Patman visitors can enjoy boating activities such as general boating, fishing, skiing and boarding, and personal watercraft use.
Kelly Creek Marina is the only full-service marina at Wright Patman Lake. It offers 100 wet storage slips, 60 campsites with water and electricity, convenience store (including bait), on-site pump-out facilities, trailer dump station, boat ramp, and fishing barge. Kelly Creek Marina can be reached by phone at 903-585-5453.
Wright Patman Lake offers both camping and picnic (day-use) facilities. The Corps of Engineers operates four Class "A" campgrounds- Rocky Point, Clear Springs, Malden Lake, and Piney Point (March - November) Parks. Clear Springs Park has 3 newly installed screened shelters with access to the water and boat ramp.
Popular sports fish at Wright Patman Lake are largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, white bass, and sunfish. Texas fishing license is required.
Rocky Point and Clear Springs Campgrounds offer hiking and nature trails to registered campers in those parks and their visitors. A hiking trail (1.3 miles in length) links Piney Point and Rocky Point Parks and can be accessed for free through Piney Point Park. Malden Lake Park has trail system behind the campsites in the H-Loop, this trail is great just for everyday walking and enjoying the sites of the park.
Hunting is allowed for mourning dove, bobwhite quail, squirrel, rabbits, waterfowl, feral hog, white-tailed deer, and eastern wild turkey. Contact the lake office for more information on hunting regulations and seasons.
Please contact the park for information on picnic areas.
Please contact the park for information on RV sites.
Please contact the park for information on water sports.
From Dallas, TX travel east on I-30. Merge onto US-59 S via exit 220A and travel south. Take the US-59 S exit toward Lake Dr. Turn right onto US-59 S/Lake Dr. Turn right onto FM 2148. Turn left at Wright Patman Dam. Turn left onto dam toward Wright Patman Lake Office.
From Little Rock, AR travel west on I-30. Merge onto US-59 S via exit 220A and travel south. Take the US-59 S exit toward Lake Dr. Turn right onto US-59 S/Lake Dr. Turn right onto FM 2148. Turn left at Wright Patman Dam. Turn left onto dam toward Wright Patman Lake Office.
From Houston, TX travel North on US-59 toward Texarkana. Turn left onto FM 2148. Turn left at Wright Patman Dam. Turn left onto dam toward Wright Patman Lake Office.