What to do in Lake Tawakoni State Park

Lake Tawakoni State Park is a 376.3 acre park in Hunt County with 5.2 miles of shoreline along the south central shore of the main body of the reservoir. It was acquired in 1984. The park was authorized through a 50 year lease agreement with the Sabine River Authority, which operates the 36,700-surface-acre reservoir (at elevation 437.5) and Iron Bridge Dam, on the headwaters of the Sabine River.

The 400-acre park, 50 miles east of Dallas, is closed pending completion of a major construction
project, and facilities will hopefully open in early summer 2001. The $2.8 million in construction costs will be shared by Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Department of Transportation. The plans for the park include a swimming beach, a half-mile trail, 40 picnic sites, a two-lane boat ramp, 78 multi-use campsites, a sewage treatment plant, and trailer pads for long-term guest host sites. Most facilities are completed, however the boat ramp and headquarters are currently in the development phase. The park will provide an upgraded, modern campground and facilities not currently available on Lake Tawakoni. This lease agreement with the Sabine River Authority will allow us to manage and enhance about 40 acres of native tallgrass prairie, an ecosystem that's hard to find in East Texas.

The reservoir's primary purpose is to provide a municipal and industrial water supply for the surrounding communities and the City of Dallas. With a shoreline of approximately 200 miles, stretching through Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt counties, Lake Tawakoni provides water-oriented recreation for much of central northeast Texas. Prior to construction of the reservoir in 1960, the surrounding land area had been settled by ranchers and farmers following its occupation by "prehistoric Indians" and many historic Indian tribes for whom Lake Tawakoni is named. In order to provide stewardship of the natural resources present, the master plan was developed to provide a balance between recreational demands of the region and preservation of natural resources.

The 400-acre park, 50 miles east of Dallas, is closed pending completion of a major construction project, and facilities will hopefully open by 2002. The $2.8 million in construction costs will be shared by Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Department of Transportation. The plans for the park include a swimming beach, a half-mile trail, 40 picnic sites, a two-lane boat ramp, 78 multi-use campsites, a sewage treatment plant, and trailer pads for long-term guest host sites. Most facilities are completed, however the boat ramp and headquarters are currently in the development phase. The park will provide an upgraded, modern campground and facilities not currently available on Lake Tawakoni. This lease agreement with the Sabine River Authority will allow us to manage and enhance about 40 acres of native tallgrass prairie, an ecosystem that's hard to find in East Texas. The park consists of mostly upland regrowth and creek-bottom, post oak woodlands, and a small tract of tall grass prairie.

Nearby Lake Tawakoni, you can camp at Purtis Creek State Park, Tyler State Park, Cooper Lake State Park, or Cedar Hill State Park. Other attractions nearby include Governor Hogg Shrine Historical Park (operated by the City of Quitman); the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex; and Canton "First Monday" Trades Day.

For further information on Lake Tawakoni, please call Purtis Creek State Park at 903/425-2332. For information on other State Parks, call State Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Recreation
Recreation at the park includes, camping, boating and nature study.

Location
Lake Tawakoni State Park is situated within the Pineywoods area of Texas. The park is located some 50 miles east of Dallas and 25 miles south of Greenville. From Interstate 20, take State Highway 47 north to FM 2475 through Wills Point and continue for about 10 miles.

Climate
Lake Tawakoni State Park is located at elevations ranging from 167 to 552 feet. Temperatures within the park range from a January average low of 30 degrees to a July average high of 95 degrees. The average annual rainfall is 42.4 inches. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Address
c/o Purtis Creek State Park
14225 FM 316
Eustace, TX 75124

Phone: 903/425-2332


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