Touring Texas

Texas Lakes

There are several popular lakes in Texas.  The boating, waterskiing, jet skiing, swimming and fishing are great.  Check out some of the lakes below.

Highland Lakes of Central Texas

This page starts off with The Highland Lakes of central Texas.  The Highland Lakes consist of 6 lakes:  Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, and Lake Austin. The lakes start in Austin and wind their way northwest for over 85 miles. Recreation such as boating, fishing, swimming, waterskiing and jet skiing are very popular on all of the lakes but Town Lake. Golf is also very popular around the lakes. The Highland Lakes Area is a very popular tourist, recreation and retirement area convenient to all of Central Texas.

Lake Buchanan
Inks Lake
Lake LBJ
Lake Marble Falls
Lake Travis
Lake Austin

Lake Bridgeport
This lake has boating, jet skiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, fishing and swimming, 40 miles north of Fort Worth.

Lake Brownwood
Located about 10 miles north of Brownwood, and 70 miles southeast of Abilene, Texas near the geographic center of Texas.

Caddo Lake
Caddo Lake is located in east Texas on the Texas/Louisiana border.  It is different than the Texas lakes to the west because of the large amount of rainfall and the large amount of plant growth at the lake.  It is similar to a large cypress swamp and has good fishing.

Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake has 80 miles of scenic shoreline and covers an 8,230 surface acre area.  It is one of the deepest lakes in Texas with an average depth of 43 feet.  Canyon Lake is located approximately half way between San Antonio and Austin, approximately 14 miles northeast of New Braunfels on FM 306 west from IH-35.

Cedar Creek Lake
Cedar Creek Lake is 18 miles long, 8.5 miles wide at the widest point, and has 320 miles of shoreline, making it the fourth largest lake in Texas.  Cedar Creek Lake is located about 55 miles southeast of Dallas.  The fishing is excellent for White & Hybrid Striped Bass and good for Largemouth Bass, Catfish and Crappie.

Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake)
This lake is in downtown Austin and has a hike and bike trail, a park and rental canoes.

Lake Conroe
This popular boating lake is located about one hour north of Houston off Highway 45.

Lake Fork
Located in northeast Texas.  Lake Fork is know for its great largemouth bass fishing.

Lake Granbury
Located 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth.  It is located at the historic city of Granbury.

Lake Lewisville
Located just a few miles north of Dallas, east of I-35E.  Good baoting and fishing.

Lake Livingston
Located only about 80 miles north of Houston.  It is a popular fishing and boating lake.

Lake Palestine
Located in east Texas only 20 miles from Tyler and approximately 100 miles from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas.  A good fishing and boating lake.

Proctor Lake
Located in central Texas about 100 miles southwest of Ft. Worth, Texas.  Has fishing and boating and 4 federal parks on the lake.

Sam Rayburn Lake
Sam Rayburn Lake is located in east Texas, is approximately 79 miles long, and is the largest reservoir completely in the state of Texas.

Lake Tawakoni
Located about 60 miles east of Dallas, Texas.  It is a good lake for boating and fishing.

Lake Texoma
Located on the Texas/Oklahoma border.  A great sailing lake.

Toledo Bend Lake
Located in eastern Texas on the Texas-Louisiana border.  This lake has 1,200 miles of shoreline in Texas and Louisiana and is 65 miles long.  It has a lot of boating and fishing.

Town Lake is now named Lady Bird Lake
Located in downtown Austin.  Has limited recreational use such as canoeing, a park and a walkway along the lake.

Lake Travis
Located on the northwest side of the Austin area with boating, fishing and swimming.

Lake Waco
Located within the city limits of Waco, Texas.  Good fishing lake.

Lake Whitney
Boating and Fishing 30 miles north of Waco, Texas.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Lake Information
Listings of several lakes in Texas by region.

For levels of lakes that are not normally constant level – Click Here.


For more information About Texas Lakes, contact:

R. Michael Brown