Lake Tawakoni, Texas, USA

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Lake Tawakoni visitor and community guide

Lake Locations: USA - Southwest - Texas - Prairies and Lakes -

Built for function but known for fun, Lake Tawakoni, Texas was formed after construction of the Iron Bridge Dam. Van Zandt County, Rains County, and Hunt County all share part of this lake’s shoreline. The land under the water was once home to prehistoric Native Americans and many historic indigenous tribes that helped to give this lake its name. Tawakoni is of Native American origin, meaning “river bend among hills.”

Completed in 1960 to provide water for municipal and to serve industrial purposes for the city of Dallas, Lake Tawakoni boasts almost 200 miles of shoreline. Owned and operated by the Sabine River Authority of Texas, the lake area provides both public and private recreational areas. With beaches for swimming, picnicking, and playing, area residents and visitors flock to the water for fun and relaxation.

Aquatic adventures include boating, fishing, waterskiing, jet skiing, canoeing, and kayaking. With marinas nearby, visitors and residents can rent boats and outfit themselves with bait and tackle to add to the day’s enjoyment. Lake Tawakoni State Park offers visitors additional opportunities for swimming, hiking, boating, fishing, and mountain biking. Campgrounds, RV hookups, and lakeside parks offer a wide range of facilities for overnight excursions.

With numerous boat ramps, marinas, as well as private docks, access is easy and abundant for an exciting day of fishing on Lake Tawakoni. This great reservoir is home to many fishing records. Home to largemouth bass, striped bass, palmetto bass, white bass, white and yellow bass, yellow bass, bluegill, bowfin, smallmouth buffalo, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, freshwater drum, spotted gar, goldfish, green sunfish, longear sunfish, and redear sunfish all waiting in the countless coves and inlets to give your bait a tug, Lake Tawakoni promises exciting fishing for all.

Located in the Prairies and Lakes tourist region of Texas, Lake Tawakoni is only one of many destinations in this part of Texas. Stretching from the northern border with Oklahoma to just a little southeast of San Antonio, visitors could spend days exploring all the fun that is packed into the zone. Big cities like Dallas, Fort Worth and Waco offer museums, shopping, zoos, theatres, restaurants, universities, sports stadiums and arenas. The range of vacation rentals available will keep you busy just trying to choose what type of accommodations you want for your stay — from urban digs to lakeside tranquility, there’s something for everyone. And if you’ve fallen in love, the reservoir is home to several private residences, summer homes and cottages that you may wish to consider for you own home away from home at beautiful Lake Tawakoni.

Want to catch a record-breaking fish? Go to a professional football game? Or do you prefer to just lay back and relax on the beautiful beach? You can do it all near Lake Tawakoni in Texas.

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Things to do at Lake Tawakoni

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Hunting
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Tawakoni

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Blue Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Bowfin
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Freshwater Drum
  • Gar
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)
  • Spotted Gar
  • Striped Bass
  • Sucker
  • Sunfish
  • White Bass
  • White Crappie
  • Yellow Bass

Best hotels and vacation rentals at Lake Tawakoni

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Lake Tawakoni statistics & helpful links


Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Sabine River Authority of Texas

Surface Area: 36,700 acres

Shoreline Length: 200 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 438 feet

Maximum Depth: 70 feet

Water Volume: 927,440 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1960

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