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Eagle Mountain Lake
Ft. Worth, TX
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Texas Outside Rating: 7.2

Acres Of Water & Miles Of Shoreline
8,738 acres and 60 miles of shoreline

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Brief Overview:

Eagle Mountain lake is a relatively small but fun lake. The water is fairly clear (you can see your knees if the water is to your shoulders), there are some large houses to cruise by and admire, some good coves for swimming and fishing, and some fun bars/restaurants.

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day

Friday night after launching the boat, we will head over to one of the bars or restaurants on the lake for food, drinks, and music  The Spot, or Augies. At the south end of the lake is a floating restaurant that keeps changing hands and each time we visit the lake, it has a new name - in 8-08 it was closed. If it's closed, Augies is very close by so it's not a wasted trip. Each year we make a trip to Eagle Mountain Lake for the annual raft-up which is usually held the second or third weekend in August. The raft-up is held in Old Ranch House Slough on the north east side toward the middle of the lake. If you are into some great people watching (including various nude male and female parts) and a somewhat rowdy but fun loving crowd, you'll like this event. Starting around 11:00 on Saturday, boats of all sizes start rafting/tying up together in a large circle. In the middle of the circle is a pontoon boat with a DJ playing music and enticing the crowd to have fun. The pictures can describe it better than I can. You can read one of our Thank God For Weekend Articles about the "Eagle Mountain Lake Tie-up to learn more about the "raft-up" and view some pictures.

We also enjoy cruising the south east side of the lake to marvel at the large houses and tie up to one of the buoys in a cove just east of the spillway for swimming and trying to stay cool in the 105 degree heat! Then head over to Augie's for lunch.

If you like to golf, one of Texas Outside's Favorite Courses is on the east side of the lake - The Golf Club At The Resort. A fun and challenging course.

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Other Cool Things To Do:

Eagle Mountain is an excellent sailing lake with a very active group of sailors. The houses along the south east side of the lake are good for cruising. There are a couple good coves for swimming and fishing. Check out the marinas and the bars and restaurants. Old Ranch House Slough is a good place to raft up if you're a serious party goer. If you are more laid back or have kids, tie up in Big Carter Slough.

In addition to the annual raft up in late August each year, in June is the Eagle Mountain Classic Boat Club boat show and in December is the Parade of Lights.

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What To Do If No Boat:

If you don't have a boat, then check the Boat Rentals Page to see if there are any Eagle Mountain Boat Rentals - last we checked there were not any.

Nearby Activities:

Eagle Mountain Lake is about 20 minutes from downtown Forth Worth which has plenty to offer. Check out Texas Outside's Guide to Fort Worth. Some of our favorite things to do in Fort Worth include: the Stockyards, Sundance Square, bike along the Trinity River, and the Fort Worth Arts District has plenty to keep you entertained. There are lots of good golf courses nearby, find one by clicking here. The Golf Club At The Resort is our close by favorite.

 

On the east side of the lake is Eagle Mountain Park which has 400 acres with hiking and walking trails.

Restaurants, Bars, & Music:

Restaurants on Eagle Mountain keep coming and going and changing hands and names. In 2008, Augies, and The Spot were still open. There is/was a cool floating restaurant/bar (Highfills) at the end of the lake that was closed in August. If it's not open, Augies is very close.

The Spot is a little  upscale with good food, a great patio, and occasional music. Augies has been around 11 years and is the model for fun, laid-back, friendly, anything goes restaurants and bars. They are known for their burgers, which are excellent. The deck outside is fun for listening, dancing, and drinking to the live bands on the weekends. A new restaurant opened in 2008 at Lakeview Marina and is known for fresh and healthy gourmet food, not to mention her not-so-low-cal Godiva chocolate liquor brownies. We haven't tried it yet - let me know what you think.

Wake Boarding & Skiing:

The best places to ski or board are usually down by the spillway or dam or by Twin Points Resort if the wind is coming from the south.

Fishing:

According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, Eagle Mountain has most of Texas' most popular sport fishes including largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, and white crappie. The upper portion of the lake has reed beds. The lower and mid lake areas have numerous fishing piers and boat houses that act as cover and structure for fish. Rocky points and bluffs in the lower end of the lake can also hold fish.

Some tips and tactics include: largemouth bass can be found around private boat docks and reed beds. White crappie also utilize the boat houses a habitat and congregate in the lower end of the lake in the summer. Schooling white bass offer a popular summertime fishing opportunity..

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Catfish
Crappie
White Bass

*Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Camping, Waterfront Lodging, and Day Use Parks

On the north east side of the lake is Creek Harbor Fish Camp which has a limited number of campsites, RV sites with water and electric, and some rustic cabins. To learn more, read our review of Creek Harbor Fish Camp.

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Ramps & Marinas

Texas Parks & Wildlife has a list of marinas on the lake. Call the marinas before you head out there, we have found some of TP&W's data to be inaccurate.

Texas Outside Rating of Eagle Mountain Lake
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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.