Lighthouse Resort & Marina Review & Rating
Lighthouse Resort & Marina Overview:Lighthouse Resort and Marina on beautiful Lake Texoma is about 8 miles north of Pottsboro on Highway 120 and an easy 80 minute drive from Dallas. The Resort has a variety of completely furnished cabins, RV sites, a marina, and a ships store. Lighthouse is ideally suited for family outings, small reunions, and fishing trips. The terrain is gently sloping and well treed. The park is a little dated but well maintained and has a combination of paved and dirt roads.
Lighthouse Resort & Marina is open year round and positions themselves as "a serene family getaway place with breathtaking sunrises." They are located on the west side and near the mouth of a large cove on Lake Texoma. You can read our review of Lake Texoma to learn more about this large and fun lake.
We stayed at Lighthouse a few weeks after the great flood of 2007 when the water was up over 27 feet and it destroyed or badly damaged Lighthouse's ships store, some campsites and cabins, some of the marina slips, and other structures. Some of the pictures will reflect the damage. Park management is activity renovating and rebuilding as quickly as they can.
Lighthouse was built in the late 50's and has changed hands a couple of times. As such most of the cabins are old and have 1960's vintage appliances and furniture. The current managers bought Lighthouse in 2006 and are making a number of improvements and renovations. For example, 7 of the cabins have already been renovated and upgraded with everything from flooring to new appliances and furniture.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:The 38 cabins at Lighthouse range from one large room that sleeps 4 to a 3 bedroom mobile home or an A-frame that sleeps 8 to a 6 bedroom cabin that sleeps up to 16 people or a 6 bedroom cabin. The sleeping accommodations include some mixture of kings, queens, futons, twins, or bunk beds. The cabins come fully equipped with linens and towels, TVs, AC and heating, and a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. The cabin we stayed in had two bedroom, 1 bath, a kitchen area with two tables, and a living room with 2 futons, a TV, and two chairs and it was decorated in a NASCAR theme with a NASCAR shower curtain, posters, and more. It was clean and well equipped, slept up to 10 (king, queen, 2 twins, and 2 futons), had a small deck with chairs, and was showing signs of age. You can learn more about the cabins by clicking here.
Lighthouse Resort and Marina has 33 RV sites with water, picnic tables, and electric (30 and 50 AMP). The sites are close to the lake and some are shaded. The pad is dirt and gravel and some sites can be a challenge to get your rig level. Most of the sites are side by side and big rigs may have a challenge getting into some of the sites. Each site has a picnic table.
Lighthouse has one boat ramp and a full marina with 138 wet slips. The fuel dock, store, fishing dock, and guest boat slips were destroyed but are being rebuilt. In addition, Lighthouse has boat rentals - a pontoon boat, kayaks, a ski boat, and fishing boats. Some of the present and new amenities will include:
- new showers and restrooms
- dump station
- pavilion for group meetings or parties
- fishing dock, fish cleaning station, and a fishing pavilion for tournaments
- game room for adults and kids
- patio and deck for live entertainment and special events
- activities center with a full kitchen and more for family reunions and other event
- new parking and dry
Management is working very aggressively to refurbish cabins as well as add five new cabins that will be be on piers and float in case of another flood. The hope is to have a majority of all of the above done by Memorial Day 2008.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:After a hearty breakfast, we will pack a lunch and head out to find some smooth water for skiing, boarding, or swimming. Depending on wind conditions and boat traffic, you can usually find some good water at the south end of the cove that Lighthouse is on, or along one of the shores protected by cliffs, or by the dam.
Texoma has some excellent sandy beaches that are very popular - you'll find some north of the dam by Burns Run or head west out of the cove about 20 minutes to the islands. Treasure Island and North Island are very cool spots to enjoy the beach, fun crowds, and smooth water.
We also enjoy heading to one of the restaurants for lunch or dinner - see the list below. And as an avid golfer, we have to play some of the local courses - click here to find one nearby - drag the map in any direction to find more courses nearby. If you are on the Oklahoma side of the lake, Chickasaw Pointe is an outstanding course and Buncombe Golf Course is a fun and challenging 9 holes. Near Pottsboro on Highway 82 is Northern Challenge and just down the road from Lighthouse is Tanglewood, a great resort course. Here is where you can find our reviews of these courses.
For some fun nightlife, we'll head into Buzzard's Too (903 786-5598) or Hootie Hoo's (903 786-9933 - home of the largest outdoor stage in north Texas) for music, drinks, and food. We also enjoy eating some good Cajun food at De Happy Cajun Restaurant (903 786-4909) which is just outside Pottsboro on 120.
Cool Nearby Activities:There are (or were before the 2007 flood) a number of restaurants on the water. Some of the best include: Cedar Mills, Pomponos, and Grandpappy's - all were being renovated in the latter part of 2007 due to water damage, so call them before you head out. Alberta Creek, Soldier Creek Resort & Marina, and Cedar Bayou Marina have floating restaurants. Tanglewood Resort, at Lowes Highport, has an excellent restaurant, but it is up the hill and you may have a challenge finding a place to park the boat.
Texoma is one of the best houseboating lakes in Texas - lots of clear water, sandy beaches to spend the night on, good fishing, restaurants, and more. And houseboating can be one of the best family or friends vacations (at a very economical rate) that you will ever have. Go here to learn more about houseboating and to find some rentals.
If you don't have a boat, then you need to rent one to fish and explore this fantastic like. You can rent waverunners, pontoon boats, ski boats, kayaks, cabin cruisers, sailboats, and houseboats. In addition, you will find Air Boat Rides up the Red River, sailboat diner cruises, and a paddle-wheel riverboat cruise. Here is where you will find more information on rentals, charters, and cruises .
Go fishing - stipers, or striped bass, thrive in Lake Texoma because of the lakes huge water shed, high saline content, and favorable spawning conditions found in the lake's two tributaries, the Red River and the Washita River. So every trip to Texoma should include some fishing - the best way to catch diner or a new state record is to use one of these Texoma fishing guides. Four Seasons Guide Service (903 46-5262) offers fishing and hunting as well as Air Boat rides - a fun way to experience the Red River.
Go hunting - whitetail deer, turkey, dove, quail, and pheasant hunting is very popular in and around Lake Texoma - go fishing one day and hunting the next. See the Hunting Section of Texas Outside.
Check Out the Lake Texoma website for special events - there are some fun events going on year round on the lake and nearby. Here is a list of more things to do nearby:
- go antique shopping in Dennison
- ride horses at The Ranch
- take a short drive to WinStar (580 276-4229) or Chocktaw Gaming Center in Durant (580 920-0160)Casio to see if you can fund the trip
- check out the Red River Historical Museum in Sherman
- visit President Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic site
- check out the Dennison Dam which is holding back 89,000 acres of water
- visit Hagerman National wildlife refuge which is 8000 acres designated for Canadian geese, mallard, pintail, and diving ducks.
- antique shopping in Dennison
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Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more