Grapevine Lake

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Grapevine Lake


(817) 865-2600

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Centrally located in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex just minutes from DFW Airport, Grapevine Lake offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Nationally recognized trails, full service campgrounds, and beautiful day use areas surround the 7,276 acre lake which hosts over 2,000,000 visitors, annually.

Grapevine Lake was constructed thanks to the River & Harbors Act of 1945. The purpose of this project was for flood control and navigation. The Grapevine Dam and Reservoir project, as it was originally known, was started in January 1948. Located on Denton Creek, a tributary of the Elm Fork of the Trinity river, the project spans both Tarrant County and Denton County. In this area immediately north of the City of Grapevine, the U.S. Corps of Engineers obtained approximately 15,700 acres of land and placed easements on another 2,200 acres to be flooded by the new reservoir. The project was completed in June 1952, and impounding of water began July 3, 1952.

Map of Grapevine Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 33.002632, -97.096864



  • Boating

    Grapevine Lake is a very popular lake for boating, especially sailboating. Visitors may access the lake by using one of several boatramps located around the lake. Three marinas at Grapevine Lake offer both wet and dry storage for boats. Marinas may also offer boats and personal watercraft for rent; prices and availability will vary.

  • Bicycling

    The Northshore Trail is a one way out and one way back trail, approximately 9 miles long. Trailheads are at Rockledge Park, Murrell Park, and at the entrance to Twin Coves Campground. Trail portions range in difficulty from easy to difficult. Water is available at the Murrell Park and Rockledge Park trailheads; restrooms are available at the Rockledge Trailhead. The Northshore Trail is a nationally registered trail.

    The Knob Hills Trail is located on the west side of Grapevine Lake and is currently a single-track trail.

  • Camping

    Murrell Park has several campsites designed for short-term tent camping and some primitive sites, and is currently being redesigned to offer facilities for RV camping.

  • Fishing

    Grapevine Lake is a popular spot for fishing both along the shoreline and from the water. Species of fish in Grapevine Lake include black and white crappie, several species of bass, and catfish.

  • Hiking

    Hikers are welcome on any of the trails located on Grapevine Lake.

  • Horseback Riding

    Grapevine Lake offers 3 trails, ranging from 3-10 miles for horseback riders. Please note that the Corps of Engineers nor any local cities/leasees rent horses. Visitors must bring their own horses to enjoy the trails. Equestrian trails are closed to cyclists but are open to hikers.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed for dove, quail, squirrel, rabbits, waterfowl, feral hogs, and deer. Hunting is allowed between the opening day of dove season and the last day of August the following year. Specific hunting seasons are published by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Deer hunting permits are issued in a lottery system. Quota permits for deer will be issued based on current best management practices for white-tailed deer populations and harvest guidelines. Applications can be obtained at the Grapevine Lake Office or on the internet in May and the application must be submitted in person by the end of July.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    There are no lifeguards at either swimming area; all swimmers swim at their own risk.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged and picnic areas are provided.

  • RVing

    Renovations are underway to install sites for RV use in Murrell Park.

  • Water Sports

    There are no lifeguards at either swimming area; all swimmers swim at their own risk.



Grapevine Lake is located north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and south of Denton, Texas. The north side of the lake is almost entirely within the town boundaries of Flower Mound, Texas in Denton county. The south side of the lake is located in Grapevine, Trophy Club and Southlake, Texas in Tarrant County.

From Grapevine, 2 miles northeast on TX 121.

Phone Numbers


(817) 865-2600

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777