Lake Tawakoni State Park

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Lake Tawakoni State Park

  • Kids Playing by Shore at Lake Tawakoni
    Escape the Texas heat in the cool waters of Lake Tawakoni!
  • Fishing from a Rocky Shore at Lake Tawakoni
    No license needed to fish from shore or pier in a state park.
  • Boats at Lake Tawakoni.jpg
    Boat, fish, swim or paddle the nearly 38,000-acre reservoir.
  • Large Spiderweb at Lake Tawakoni
    Lake Tawakoni State Park is known for the largest spiderweb ever documented.

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.

Boat, fish or swim on the water; hike, mountain-bike, go birding or geocaching on land. Reserve a campsite for your tent or RV, or camp with a group. Rent our amphitheater for a special event. Take a virtual tour with our interactive trails map.


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.


Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one of our kayaks. Rentals, including paddles and lifejackets, are available at a self-service kiosk on a first-come, first-served basis.


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.

Get involved

We need your help! Learn more on our Volunteer page, or call the park.

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Ranger Programs

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.
  • Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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.

Area Attractions

The park is within easy driving distance of Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as a number of smaller towns with museums, restaurants and more.

Visit the Governor Hogg Shrine Historic Site in Quitman.

Treasure hunters: Don’t miss First Monday Trade Days at Canton.

10822 FM 2475
Wills Point, TX 75169

Latitude: 32.841871

Longitude: -95.993667

(903) 560-7123

Entrance Fees
  • Adult (Day Use): $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Open daily,
6 a.m. – 10 p.m.


We often reach capacity, and recommend reservations for both camping and day use. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.

Busy Season

Spring and summer


January average low is 30 degrees. July average high is 95 degrees. Average rainfall is 42.4 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

437 to 500 feet