Fairfield Lake State Park

Park Reopening Temporarily...

Fairfield Lake State Park

  • Sunset Fishing at Fairfield Lake State Park
    Try your luck fishing Fairfield Lake. No license needed from shore or pier!
  • Fairfield Lake State Park fall foliage photo by Kimberly M. Thomas
    The fall colors will amaze you! Photo by Kimberly M. Thomas
  • Fairfield Lake reflections
    Leave stress behind - hike, picnic or even camp by the lake.
  • Motor boating on Fairfield Lake State Park.
    Enjoy a boat ride or paddle on this 2,400-acre lake.
  • Spectacular Sunset at Fairfield Lake State Park
    Enjoy a dramatic sunset at the end of your fun day at Fairfield Lake.

Park Reopens Temporarily

The park is reopening as of March 14 for day visits only (no camping). Entry is free and on a first-come, first-served basis until the park reaches capacity. We are not taking reservations.

TPWD continues to pursue conversations to preserve both the park and Fairfield Lake for future enjoyment.

Closure details

TPWD leased the park land from Texas Utilities 50 years ago. The current coal power plant operator, Vistra, shut down the plant in 2018 and is selling the property to another entity. TPWD sought to purchase the state park site, but Vistra would not consider a sale of just the parkland. TPWD also hoped to partner with a potential buyer or possibly acquire the property for continued operations. The new owner does not intend to use the property as a state park.

For more details, please read our press release.

Natural Crossroads

Whether you explore on the trails, play at the lake, or look for wildlife, you will appreciate the peaceful setting and natural beauty here. We’re just a short drive from DFW, Houston and Waco.

Things to Do

While fishing is a big draw, that’s not all you can do. Explore 10 miles of trails on foot, bike or horseback; and nature watch. On water, you can boat or paddle, water ski, jet ski and swim. 

Please read through our water safety tips before taking to the water.


Reel in a bass, catfish or perch from a boat or the fishing pier. Fishing is best in early spring and into the summer. We have two boat ramps with a fish cleaning station at each ramp.

You don’t need a license to fish from shore or pier in a state park! 

Get fishing and lake information for 2,400-acre Fairfield Lake.


We have trails for hiking, biking and horseback-riding. Learn more on our Trails Information page.

Bring your own bikes and horses; horses must have proof of current negative Coggins test.

The 5.3-mile Dockery Trail is open to horses; the other trails are hiking only or hiking and biking. Check the trails map or trail signs before setting out.


Take to the water to explore or fish. Bring your own boat or rent a kayak here; rentals are first-come, first-served and include paddles and life vests.

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Area Attractions

Nearby points of interest include:

123 State Park Road 64
Fairfield, TX 75840

Latitude: 31.765346

Longitude: -96.073282

(903) 389-4514


Open daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.


January average low is 35 degrees. July average high is 95 degrees. Wettest months are April and May. First freeze occurs late November. Last freeze occurs early March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

461 feet

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