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Ray Hubbard
Rockwall, TX
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Texas Outside Rating: 7.0

Acres Of Water & Miles Of Shoreline
22 acres and 111 miles of shoreline

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Brief Overview:

Lake Ray Hubbard, formerly Forney Reservoir, is 22,745 acres and a maximum depth of 40 feet. The lake was named after Ray Hubbard who presided over the Dallas Parks and Recreation System board from 1943 to 1972 and it was designed to provide water to Dallas. The lake was impounded in 1968 and the 2-mile earthfill dam was completed in 1969. By 1970 the lake reached its maximum design extent.

Ray Hubbard is excellent for fishing, boating, and is renowned for sailing. There are four marinas, three public boat ramps, a couple fun bars and restaurants, and a yacht club famous for sailing regattas.

The shore line is a mixture of residential, apartments, and commercial development. Bass Pro Shops is building a new store on the south west shore of Lake Ray Hubbard near I-30. The last remaining commercial area on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall, located south of I-30 along the lake, will be the site of a development by Whittle Development. This new development will include a new 12-screen cinema, an upscale full service hotel and civic center, shops and restaurants, and offices. The City of Rockwall plans to construct public boardwalks, fountains, plazas, pedestrian walkways and other amenities so visitors can enjoy this development.

Lake Ray Hubbard's Texas Outside rating is low because there are no campgrounds on or near the lake. We were also pleasantly surprised that during the drought of 2006 when most lakes were 20' low, Ray Hubbard was full.

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day

If you are into skiing or boarding you should be able to find some calm water on either side, depending on which way the wind is blowing, of the I-30 bridge. Cruise the south east side of the lake to view some large and magnificent homes. Fishing is best at the north end of the the lake in any of the many arms where there is plenty of standing timber.

After skiing and cruising, head over to the north west side of the east I-30 bridge and raft up, swim, and socialize with the other boaters. Then head over to Weekends for appetizers, dinner, and music.  A new restaurants has opened near Bass Pro Shop and directly across the lake from Bass Pro Shop is The Harbor Rockwall a very well done shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, with guest boat slips.  

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Other Cool Things To Do:

Go sailing or take a sailing lesson on a 40' wooden catamaran from Sail With Scott. They also have special sailing events like a Thursday Martini Cruise which is an hour cruise, including a couple martinis, and then listening to a free music concert on the lake.

Plan an evening on the lake by cruising, swimming, skiing, or fishing and then eating and partying at either Weekends or The Harbor.  

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What To Do If No Boat:

If you don't have a boat, then you can rent a ski boat, kayak, party barge, or jet ski or go sailing with any of the these boat rental companies.

Nearby Activities:

The surrounding area offers lots to see and do including great restaurants, excellent shopping, and outstanding golf. Click here to find a review of some nearby golf courses or here to find hotels, restaurants, and more.

Restaurants, Bars, & Music:

On the southwest side of the lake near I-30 is Weekends which is home to Paradise Bar & Grill, Crazy Horse Saloon, and  the Texas Queen - a great place to hang out for food, fun, and music.  

Across the lake is The Harbor Rockwall which is loaded with shops, restaurants, and more and there is typically some type of special event or music happening on the weekends. 

Wake Boarding & Skiing:

Along the I-30 bridges on either side, depending on the wind, are good places to find some smooth water.

Fishing:

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, hybrid striped bass and blue catfish have become the most abundant sport fish in the lake in the last few years. With submersed vegetation becoming more abundant largemouth bass angling has improved. White bass, channel catfish and white crappie fishing continue to be good

In the area above Interstate 30, standing timber is the most abundant structure and cover in Lake Ray Hubbard. Hydrilla is found in certain areas and attracts largemouth bass. The rock riprap along roadways that cross the reservoir is excellent for fishing.

Here are some tips and techniques. The heated discharge area on the west side south of I30 is a good place to fish for all kinds of sportfish in Ray Hubbard. Humps and points that extend into the lake are your best bets for hybrids and white bass. Largemouth bass will be found around vegetation or some other form of cover. Look for submerged brush piles to hold crappie and white bass schooling in the lower lake in the summer.

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Largemouth Bass
Catfish
Crappie
White Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass

*Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Camping, Waterfront Lodging, and Day Use Parks

To the best of our knowledge, there are not any RV parks or campgrounds on the lake. There are some close by hotels including Comfort Suites.

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Ramps & Marinas

Texas Parks and Wildlife provides a list of ramps and marinas. Chandlers Landing is a full service marina with restrooms, boat ramp, picnic area, mechanics, watercraft rentals, gas, and a boat pump-out station.

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Texas Outside Lakes Rating Scale

Texas Outside rates lakes on a 1 to 10 scale based on:

  • Beauty: high scores are given for lots of trees, hills, or pretty houses
  • Water Clarity: if you’re standing in two feet of water and can’t see your toes or the water has a deep brown color, we’re talking a 1
  • Water Conditions:  rough water with waves over a foot (good for PWCs or surfing) due to consistent wind or boat wakes don’t rate high on our scale
  • Skiing & Board Conditions:  on the weekends if you can typically find a good cove or part of the lake with glass, we’re talking a 10
  • Beaches:  don’t you hate those beaches when you step into the water you sink in mud up to your knees and loose your flip-flops or it’s all slime and weeds or small rocks – if so, that’s a 1
  • Fun Scale: lakes scoring a 10 have fun restaurants and bars, great coves for raft ups or swimming, and fun rental toys
  • Cruising & Touring:  if you can cruise the lake and look at beautiful houses, nice marinas, pretty coves, or anything similar it will score high
  • Restaurants & Bars:  nothing better than cruising over and having some good food and listening to some great music on the deck of a fun restaurant – the ride back with smooth water and a fun moon is also pretty cool – we’re talking a 10
  • Safety Level: lakes with lots of wild and crazy jet skiers or fast cigarette boats will score low
  • Camping:  we’re looking for beautiful spacious sites right on the water with a nice sandy beach to swim and park the boat
  • Fishing:  the bigger the better and they have to be easy to hook

 

*Fishing information was provided with permission of the Texas Parks and Wildlife (www.tpwd.state.tx.us) in 2006. Texas Parks and Wildlife does not endorse Texas Outside or information presented on texasoutside.com. ©Copyright Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.