Acres Of Water & Miles Of Shoreline
9,400 acres and 0 miles of shoreline
Review of Lake Bob Sandlin
Lake Bob Sandlin is a relatively small lake, 9400 acres, and it's easy to cruise the whole lake in less than a couple hours. Most of the shoreline is treed and there are some sections of the lake that are developed with some huge beautiful homes.
The lake is primarily known for fishing - fishing for largemouth bass, catfish, and crappie is good and it's excellent for white bass. Several section of the lake, particularly at the west end have standing timber that you need to watch out for.
You should be able to find some water to board in one of the coves, there are a couple good options for camping including Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, and there are some options for lodging around the lake.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day
We have visited Lake Bob Sandlin once and the sole purpose was to check it out for this review, explore the lake, and see if there is anything fun to see and do nearby. We stayed at Barefoot Bay Marina in one of the small cabins overlooking their marina. We launched at their ramp and within a couple hours had cruised most of the lake - found the party cove, cruised by the Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, cruised by the party cove (which was empty because it was Wednesday), saw some beautiful big homes, and found a calm cove to swim, have a beer, and play some dominos. Then headed back to have some Mexican food in nearby Pittsburg.
The next day we went in search of fun things to see and do nearby - not much luck! We had a great breakfast at Earls, cruised through the State Park (read our review of Lake Bob Sandlin State Park), rode by some unique metal artwork that someone said we had to see, had a burger at Barefoot Bay Marina, and dinner at a very good Italian restaurant CiboVino, in nearby Winnsboro.
Not a real exciting couple of day!
Other Cool Things To Do:
As mentioned earlier, we couldn't find a lot to see and do on or nearby Lake Bob Sandlin. Pittsburg is 5 miles from Barefoot Bay Marina and it has a couple restaurants, a Heritage Museum, and a cute town square. It's known for it's hot links.
Mt Pleasant is about 10 miles from Barefoot and it doesn't have much more.
There are a couple of nearby 9 hole golf courses - use this golf map to find them.
Check out our map of Lake Bob Sandlin to find some other things to see and do on the lake.
Let us know about your experiences on or near Lake Bob Sandlin.
What To Do If No Boat:
We understand that you can rent a boat from one place that delivers the boat. Still checking it out
Restaurants, Bars, & Music:
Earls, which is five miles off the lake, was building a stage and planning on having their first event that weekend. Barefoot Bay Marina is also building a deck at the marina and will have karaoke and live music occasionally.
Wake Boarding & Skiing:
There are a couple coves that based on how the wind is blowing will be ok for boarding, tubing, or skiing. Watch closely for stumps.
Lake Bob Sandlin offers many quality options when pursuing sportfish. The largemouth bass population is moderately abundant with good numbers of legal-size fish available for harvest. Spotted bass are present but at low densities. White bass is a popular species with high numbers of quality size fish. Channel catfish in recent years have become more abundant across all size classes, and there are plenty of good-sized fish available for harvest. Good numbers of legal size crappie are present and provide good fishing opportunities. Redear sunfish, the dominant sunfish species in the lake, are moderately abundant and also showing good sizes.
Fishing Cover & Structure
Natural habitat is present in the form of inundated timber and aquatic vegetation. There are also numerous boat docks and fishing piers.
Above is thanks to Texas Parks & Wildlife
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Camping, Waterfront Lodging, and Day Use Parks
The only place we know of with cabins is Barefoot Bay Marina with has 4 small one bedroom cabins and camping.
Barefoot Bay also has 35 full hook-up campsites and Lake Bob Sandlin has some good sites, cottages with bunk beds only, and screened shelter. Read our review of Lake Bob Sandlin State Park to learn more.
Ramps & Marinas
Barefoot Bay Marina and Lake Bob Sandlin State Park both have boat ramps. Barefoot Bay Marina is the only place to get gas on the lake.
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