Bonham Lake Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 5.4

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Bonham Lake Park Overview:

Six miles north of Bonham is Lake Bonham Park, a park run by the city of Bonham. The park is very dated and operating on a limited budget but the on-site manager is doing all he can to keep the park clean and friendly. The park is located on the south side of the lake and near the dam. Reservations are not accepted and the park stays near capacity during the prime camping months. The terrain where the sites are located is gently sloping toward the lake and well treed. The lake is 1200 acres, good for fishing, and has a maximum depth of 25 feet.
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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

Lake Bonham Park has 89 sites set under the trees and along the shore of Lake Bonham. The sites are fairly close together, in most cases share a water and electric hookup (20 & 30 AMP), and most are sloping which will make getting level a challenge. Because the electric and water hookups are shared, depending on which site you're in and where the hookups are located, you may need an extra long extension cord or a couple hoses. A large number of the sites are right on the water. Each site has one and sometimes two picnic tables. If you have a big rig you may find a lot of the sites too short or hard to back into.

The Park has a nine hole par three what we call a prairie golf course that meanders through an open field and some trees. You can't tell the fairways from the rest of the field but the greens are not bad. For six bucks you can practice your short game and putting. Some of the other amenities at Lake Bonham Park include:

  • one lane boat ramp
  • lots of playground equipment - very dated but the kids won't care
  • primitive camping area right on the lake, but no shade
  • rental pavilion and a small store
  • horseshoe pits and volleyball

A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

If you come here, it is most likely to escape the city and enjoy pure camping on the lake or you come to the lake to fish. Lake Bonham is well stocked with catfish and has a reputation as the 8th best fishing lake in Texas - although I have no idea who gave it that rating! The lake is good for waverunners and skiing thanks to some coves and it's limited boat traffic. If you have your clubs, play 18 to practice your short game or play some of the other nearby courses. This golf map will help you locate a nearby golf course and learn more about it. We really liked Legacy Ridge Country Club which has a very fun and challenging 18 holes. You'll find it on the golf map and if you click on the course name it will take you to our review of the course.
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Cool Nearby Activities:

There isn't a lot that we have found to do in nearby Bonham (2 miles north of the park) so typically we come to Bonham State Park to enjoy camping, nature, friends, and the swimming and trails. We have enjoyed a very good meal at Shumardii's Steakhouse on 121 just south of Bonham and less than 10 minutes from the State Park - they were highly recommended by all of the locals that we talked to. Shumardii's has a large selection of appetizers, soups and salads, and they serve a variety of entrees including a very good chicken fried chicken, pastas, seafood, and of course steaks all of which are Angus Beef (the top 6% of all beef chosen). Our service was excellent and very attentive. They have a full bar and prices are moderate for entrees ($10 to $24) - well worth a stop if you are out and about, crave some pasta or a steak, or don't feel like cooking.

Here are some other things to see and do in Bonham. Bonham was home to Sam Rayburn and there is a Sam Rayburn Library and Museum plus a museum in Sam's house which includes the original furnishings (903 583-2455). The Fannin County Museum is housed in a historic 1900 T&P Railroad Depot - 903 583-9042. You can visit Ft Inglish Village which was built in 1837 and includes the fort, a stockade, broom factory, blacksmith shop, general store, and more (903 640-2228). You can visit the Bonham Chamber of Commerce website to learn more about what there is to see and do and check out their schedule of events.

If you brought your clubs, then check out this golf map to find a nearby course. If you want to fish or ski/board there are a number of small lakes nearby and Lake Texoma is only 30 minutes northwest. Check out Texas Outside's lake and camping map to find a nearby lake. Lake Bonham is six miles north of Bonham on Farm Road 898 and is open daily with camping, fishing, swimming, boating, par 3 golf, pavilion rental, campsites and water skiing on a 1,282 acre lake. For information call 903-583-8001 or 903-583-7555. Bonham Chamber of Commerce website has a brief description of each of them.

Campground Information

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: Most of the lake front sites are all similar and the park is first come first serve

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

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