North Texas and its stately neighbors have no shortage of lakeside retreats to escape to when tired of city stresses. These man-made watery delights have all the amenities lake-lovers could ask for: marinas, fishing, swimming, even aqua-adventure sports, and especially peace and quiet.
Lake Tawakoni
10822 FM 2475
Wills Point, TX 75169
(903) 560-7123 Tawakoni is known as a utopian natural area. Offering standard camping and primitive camping for overnight stays, daytime vistas and activities abound. From the expected boating and fishing opportunities, to the hiking, biking and even geocaching options, there is no shortage of adventure to be had. Not far from Lake Tawakoni various natural areas are open for visitation including Cooper Lake State Park, Cedar Hill State Park, and Tyler State Park. Make a splash in a kayak, tube or canoe in these waters for a watery experience you will not soon forget.

Eagle Mountain Lake
11601 Morris Dido Newark Road
Fort Worth, TX 76179
www.eaglemountainlake.comAlthough not as large as a few of the other lakes listed, the views of Eagle Mountain Lake are brag-worthy to say the least. Born from the water of the Trinity back in the 1930’s, Eagle Mountain Lake is north of Fort Worth and just right for weekend recreation. It’s 8,000 plus acres provide boating and fishing, as to be expected of a lake, however, these waters are very well known for water sports as well. Kayakers, skiers and even wake boarders flock and frolic here, and for good reason. Well worth a trip, there is also the option of making a brief stop at Lake Bridgeport to boot for a two-for-one aquatic weekend trip.

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Lake Texoma
11500 Park Office Road
Kingston, OK 73439
(580) 564-2566
www.laketexoma.comBordering Texas and Oklahoma, thus its appropriate title, this lake shore excursion is only a pair of hours from Dallas/Fort Worth. Surrounded by restaurants, spas, wildlife refuges, and even sports entertainment, this lake’s amenities are more than just of the natural kind. For a healthy mixture of modern perks and fun in the sun, Lake Texoma is your destination. Boating, swimming and camping are top notch at this location, providing quality family moments that will last.

Lake Palestine
PO Box 1965
Palestine, Texas 75802
(903) 876-2237
www.lakepalestine.comOn the Neches River, just outside the rose city, Tyler, and nestled in the piney east Texas woods is Lake Palestine. With over 25,000 acres in fun and relaxation, this lake could easily have taken the name Lake Pristine and Tranquil. If in need of action, there are many options for boating, skiing and fishing in addition to camping and strolling its lengthy and beautiful shores. The spectacular treeline surrounding the area adds to the ambiance and fresh feeling of time well-spent at Lake Palestine.

Possum Kingdom Lake
P. O. Box 70
Caddo, TX 76429
(940) 549-1803
www.possumkingdomlake.comPossum Kingdom Lake, known for its incredible vistas and fantastic campgrounds is only about two or so hours west of Dallas, and just a hop and a jump from Fort Worth. With exceptionally clear water for a lake, the recreational lodgings here range from resorts to camping and even primitive camping. For diversion, Possum Kingdom Lake has plenty of hiking trails in addition to swimming, fishing, boating, and even golf. Spanning 18,000 acres, Possum Kingdom Lake makes for a great getaway capable of filling a photo album full of fantastic memories.

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