Lake Tawakoni State Park
Escape to the Lake
Imagine yourself in the shade of tall trees, listening to birds chirping and water lapping on the shores of Lake Tawakoni. Sounds good, right? Let’s go! Gather your fishing pole, your binoculars, your hiking shoes and your camping gear - we’re just 50 miles east of Dallas.
Things to Do
Come explore our 376 acres of oak forest, more than five miles of lakeshore, and the lake itself.
Lake Tawakoni is a 37,879-acre reservoir. Fish the lake from shore or boat, or try our kid fish pond. You don’t need a fishing license to fish from shore in a state park.
- Amenities: Four-lane boat ramp and fish cleaning station.
- Fish species: Striped and hybrid striped bass, white bass, catfish, crappie and largemouth bass
- Borrow fishing gear at headquarters to use in the park.
- Read through these Water Safety Tips before your visit.
Hike and mountain bike
The park has nearly five miles of trails to explore.
Choose from full hookup sites or sites with water and electricity. Two of our sites are wheelchair accessible. Or reserve our primitive group campsite (for up to 48 people).
The Lake Tawakoni Trading Post sells souvenirs, ice, firewood, cold drinks and snacks, and fishing bait and tackle.
We need your help! Learn more on our Volunteer page, or call the park.
We lead nature programs and hold special events throughout the year.
- Check our Events page for upcoming programs.
- Contact the park to arrange a program for your group.
- Learn more on our Nature and History pages.
Kids: Become a Junior Ranger! Pick up a free activity journal or borrow an explorer pack.
Argentine ants, an exotic invasive species, are in the park. These ants do not sting. TPWD is working with experts to reduce the number of ants without harming the park’s other wildlife. Learn more about invasive ants.
Visit the Governor Hogg Shrine Historic Site in Quitman.
Treasure hunters: Don’t miss First Monday Trade Days at Canton.