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Fairfield Lake
Fairfield, TX
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Texas Outside Rating: 6.2

Acres Of Water & Miles Of Shoreline
2,400 acres and 15 miles of shoreline

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Brief Overview:
Fairfield Lake is only 2350 acres so it doesn’t take long to cruise the whole lake. It is undeveloped except for the Texas Utilities Power Plant and Fairfield Lake State Park (click here for the rating and review of Fairfield State Park, rated 6.0 stars) -- so there isn’t a lot to see or do. Fishing is good (native largemouth and lunker Florida bass, hybrid white and stripped bass, channel catfish, and panfish) and the lake is home to a lot of fishing tournaments.

From November through February, Fairfield Lake State Park is home to a number of bald eagles that winter in Texas – I’m not sure it would be worth freezing just to see some bald eagles (instead, watch National Geographic on a 50 inch screen next to a warm fire!).

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day
Boat around the shore, find a cove to swim, play games, and have some appetizers. Or find some smooth water to ski or board – which should be easy to find.

Don’t get your hopes up for cruising or touring unless you’re into looking at power plants. You can cruise by the campsites at Fairfield Lake State Park but besides the Park, the damn, and the power plant, all you’ll see are trees, grass, some birds, ducks, and lily pads. All of that is great if you’re looking for some peace and serenity, but unfortunately you’ll hear the power plant humming in the background.

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Other Cool Things To Do:
Fish! Swim! Get to know your spouse, kids, or friends! Boat over to one of the coves, drop an anchor, chill out and enjoy the scenery or play dominos or cards on the boat.

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What To Do If No Boat:
Camp at Fairfield Lake State Park and swim, fish, bike/hike, or picnic.

Nearby Activities:
We didn’t find any! Teague, which is about 10 miles southwest of Fairfield, has 18 holes of golf at Big Cedar Country Club.

Restaurants, Bars, & Music:
You’re close to lots of restaurants at highway 84 & 45 – from Sonic to Sam’s (good country cooking and a buffet). Don’t come here for music and food on the water.

Wake Boarding & Skiing:
If the winds not blowing, the lake would be good for skiing, tubing, or boarding. This is not a lake where you have to worry about big boat wakes – wakeboarders looking for wakes to jump will be disappointed. It appears that the lake is used mostly for fishing and camping in Fairfield Lake State Park. There are also a couple coves that are ok for anchoring and swimming.

Fishing:
The following is according to Texas Parks and Wildlife and provided with their permission.

Anglers should not miss the opportunity to fish for red drum in a location that does not require travel to the coast. The freshwater record (36.83 lbs) was caught in Lake Fairfield. Largemouth bass angling is excellent due to the abundant forage and year-round growing season in this heated water. Channel catfish grow rapidly and provide opportunity for high catch rates of large fish.

Inundated timber is abundant in the upper end of the lake and in both coves on the east side. Hydrilla forms a fringe around the reservoir out to approximately 5 feet. Pockets of native pondweed provide openings in the hydrilla and make good ambush points. The heated cove in this power plant cooling lake provides warm water even in the winter. Emergent cattails and cutgrass grow in shallow water on the shoreward side of the hydrilla.

Here are some tips & Tactics: Largemouth bass angling starts December-February, earlier in the year than most lakes due to the heated water. Many anglers report success using jigs and pigs or lizards pitched into the openings behind cattails and cutgrass. Fishing for catfish can be productive by drifting live bait across the points along the area opposite of the TXU picnic area. Trolling along the west shoreline and along the dam can be productive for red drum.

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Largemouth Bass
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Drum

*Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Camping, Waterfront Lodging, and Day Use Parks

The lake is not developed except for the State Park and the Texas Utilities power plant.

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Ramps & Marinas
There are two ramps, one of which was closed in May 2006 due to low lake levels. The open ramp is double wide and there is ample parking for vehicles and trailers. There is no gas on the 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.