Lake Palestine, Texas, USA

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All About Lake Palestine

Just 10 miles from Tyler, Texas (the Rose Capital of World) is Lake Palestine, a water playground dedicated to recreation, water conservation, and wildlife preservation. This 25,000+ acre lake was created by the Upper Neches River Authority in 1962 by damming the Neches River; the earthfill dam is 5,720 feet long and 345 feet above sea level. Located on the border of the Prairies and Lake region and the Piney Woods region of east Texas, Lake Palestine is surrounded by native pines and hardwoods. Shoreline development is extensive with residential development, businesses, campsites, and parks in the area. Jet skis and power boats are permitted on the lake, but public access is limited. Boat rentals are available at marinas and boat services around the lake. Public boat ramps, private marinas, campgrounds, and motels provide lake access.

Lake Palestine is close to Purtis Creek State Park and Tyler State Park. Purtis Creek State Park offers camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, and hiking. Located in Henderson and Van Zandt Counties, the park is just minutes from Lake Palestine. Camping facilities range from primitive campsites to sites with water and electricity. Tyler State Park has picnicking, birding, hiking, boating, camping, fishing, mountain biking, swimming, and nature study. In addition, the Upper Neches River Authority offers primitive camping below the dam; the camp area has restrooms near the ramp and offers picnic tables. The maximum stay is two weeks. Other private campgrounds around Lake Palestine offer camping and RV facilities. Vacation rentals are also a popular choice for a visit to Lake Palestine.

One of the more popular fishing lakes in Texas for the months of February and through the spring, Lake Palestine is rated as excellent for catfish, white bass, and hybrid striped bass by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and good for largemouth bass and crappie. Contact an area fishing guide to assist in finding the best fishing spots on the lake. Largemouth bass tournaments are held regularly at Lake Palestine due to the consistent success. White bass are particularly prevalent in the spring. Most vegetation and inundated timber are located above the Texas Highway 155 bridge in the main lake. The bridge also provides an excellent fishing structure.

Other points of interest near Lake Palestine include the Texas State Railroad Historical Park, Fairfield Lake, First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Cedar Creek Reservoir, Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, Kilgore Oil Museum, Tyler Zoo, and Brookshire World of Wildlife. Cities near Lake Palestine include Tyler, Flint, Bullard, Henderson, and Jacksonville.

Lake Palestine provides a beautiful recreation area within an easy drive to Tyler and Dallas-Fort Worth. So, come on down for a visit; you may decide to make Lake Palestine your permanent home.

Things to Do at Lake Palestine

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Tournaments
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Jet Skiing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Playground

Fish Species Found at Lake Palestine

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • White Bass

Find Places to Stay at Lake Palestine

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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Palestine Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Lake Palestine lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Lake Palestine Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Upper Neches River Authority

Surface Area: 25,560 acres

Shoreline Length: 135 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 345 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 342 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 364 feet

Average Depth: 16 feet

Maximum Depth: 58 feet

Water Volume: 411,290 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1962

Lake Area-Population: 6,000

Drainage Area: 839 sq. miles

Trophic State: Hypereutrophic

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