Lake Tawakoni State Park Review & Rating
Lake Tawakoni State Park Overview:
Lake Tawakoni State Park is an outstanding campground on the southwest side of Lake Tawakoni, which is about 70 miles or so east of Dallas. The park encompasses 376 acres with 5 miles of shoreline on the south west central side of the 37,800 acre Lake Tawakoni which has over 200 miles of shoreline.
The park offers a variety of activities including fishing for catfish, bass, and crappie; boating; geocaching; hiking or biking; birding; amphitheater programs; or just sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows, singing, or telling stories. Lake Tawakoni State Park is also home to 40 acres of native tall grass prairie, a unique ecosystem for East Texas.
The sites are excellent, the restrooms are modern and clean, and the park offers several fun things to do. The park staff is friendly and helpful.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
Lake Tawakoni Park has 78 campsites that are a mixture of pull throughs and back-ins in two loops – White Deer Reach Camping Loop with 46 back-in sites with water and 30 AMP electric and Spring Point Camping Loop which has a mixture of pull throughs and back-ins. Some of the sites in Spring Point have 50 AMP and sewer hook-ups. All of the sites have a picnic table, tent pad, lantern holder, and fire pit and some have grills.
The Lake Tawakoni State Park campsites are great and some of what we liked about them included:
- all are spacious with lots of room to spread out – you won’t feel like you’re encroaching on your fellow camper in the next site
- all are paved and long with ample room to maneuver, even for the big rigs
- the majority are fairly level and leveling blocks will most likely not be needed
- all of the sites are shaded with lots of trees – a must in the hot Texas summers
- some have paths to the water, others have limited views of the lake, and a couple are very close (54 and 55)
- a few sites have extra room on the side for a full length paved patio area and room for an extra car or boat (52 – 59)
- dumpsters and restrooms with showers are convenient
- there is designation parking for extra vehicles
About the only complaint we had was that site hook ups, except for the pull thoughs, are all set up for backing into the site. Which means if you’re in a motorhome and you want to go nose into the site, the hook-ups are on the wrong site and at the front right of the motor home – in our case that meant adding an extra water hose and electrical cord to make the hook-up. A minor inconvenience.
The showers and restrooms are the best we have seen in a State Park – they are individual restrooms with a sink, toilet, and shower and big enough for a family of 8. They were clean and well maintained during our visit in 2010.
Some of the amenities at Lake Tawakoni State Park include:
- a small camp store with lots of good stuff, some of which includes: ice, bait, hot dogs, hot subs, ice cream, munchies, and more
- an amphitheater with a variety of informative programs throughout the year
- 4 lane boat ramp with two loading piers and plenty of trailer parking
- several picnic areas with tables and grills and good access to the water
- roped in swimming area with a sandy beach
- fish cleaning station
- Pair-a-Tree Pond (a scenic lily covered pond)with picnic tables
- group tent camping area
- RVdump station
If you like hiking or mountain biking Lake Tawakoni State Park has six different hiking/biking loops (5.5 miles total) that range from .4 miles to 1.9 miles. The trails meander through the trees, past some open pasture, by a pond, and along Lake Tawakoni. The dirt trails range from flat to gently sloping.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
When we stayed at Lake Tawakoni in August 2011, the Dallas area was on its way to setting a new record of over 33 days of over 100 degree days. And it was 109 – both days, which means we spent most of the day on the lake.
We found several different places to drop an anchor, run up on the shore, or tie up to a tree and float in the water. The grandsons were with us so we also spent a lot of time watching them glide across the water on the inner tube with huge grins on their faces! After 7 hours of this we took our sun burned and water logged bodies back to motor home for appetizers and dinner followed by some games in the air conditioned camper.
We cruised most of the southern end of the lake and didn’t find much of interest. The lake was down about 6 feet or more thanks to the severe drought conditions and we did run aground a couple different times – sure glad that the lake bottom is sand and clay.
One day we boated over to Kenny’s Landing on the north east side of two mile bridge for lunch. Kenny’s is a funky little area with a campground and a restaurant that serves some ok food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Burgers and BLT and fries are pretty good and reasonably priced.
We did try to venture out and hike one of the trails but after 5 minutes we were drenched with sweat – not only was it 109 but there was no breeze – so we immediately turned around to seek the shelter of the motorhome and the air conditioning, which was struggling to keep the temperate below 82!
Early morning was cool enough for breakfast on the picnic table overlooking the lake after which we played a couple games before having to cool off in the lake.
Cool Nearby Activities:
When we visited Lake Tawakoni, we only had time to explore the southern end of the lake below the two mile bridge - and we didn't find much to see or do. Here is a link to our clickable map of Lake Tawakoni to help you find stuff on the lake.
We haven’t explored the area nearby Lake Tawakoni State Park so we can’t help you much with nearby things to see and do. We did enjoy a good burger, BLT, and Philly cheese steak at Blue Bird Cafe In Wills Point – big burgers at reasonable prices of $3.25! They were good and large, but we still had room for some Blue Bell Ice Cream at Charlie’s, which is a couple doors down. On the southern outskirts of Wills Point is an upscale steak house that has an excellent reputation - Four Winds Steakhouse.
Here is a link to nearby golf courses if you like to golf. Canton isn't to far away and it's home to one of the World's largest flea markets on the first Monday of each month.
If you like fishing, why not have one of these Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guides meet you at the State Park and take you fishing. Or ret a jet ski, pontoon boat, or fishing boat and enjoy the lake - here is our list of Lake Tawakoni Boat Rentals.
- 903 560-7123
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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