Ray Roberts Lake

Phone: (940) 627-5475

Contact: Jennifer Barrow

Dates Open: Open year round for hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. No camping available at the WMA. For camping, go to Ray Roberts Lake State Park.


The Ray Roberts Lake WMA has 41,303 acres located in Denton, Cooke and Grayson counties, just north of the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is managed under a license agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Construction on Ray Roberts Lake was started in September, 1981 to provide water to the cities of Dallas and Denton. Originally known as Aubrey Reservoir, the lake was renamed in 1980 (before construction began) for former Congressman Ray Roberts (1913-1992) of Denton. The dam was completed in July, 1987. Lake Ray Roberts WMA was licensed in June, 1988.

The WMA offers managed Public Hunting opportunities including hunts for youths, access to fishing, many trails for hiking and wildlife viewing. Ray Roberts Lake occupies 29,000 acres of the WMA and provides habitat for many species of fish and waterfowl. A portion of the Lake and WMA is set aside as a waterfowl sanctuary (closed only to waterfowl hunting).

Game animals are waterfowl, including; ducks, geese and teal, doves, feral hogs, rabbits, hares and squirrels. Other wildlife consists of raccoons, gray foxes, coyotes, beavers and opossums.

Bald eagles nest here during the winter and other migrant birds visit in the springtime.

Visitors wanting to fish need not register, but are encouraged to do so anyway.

Please note:
  • Camping is available at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.
  • There aren't any restroom facilities.
  • Bring your own drinking water.
  • Restrooms at Ray Roberts Lake State Park are wheelchair accessible.
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