Granbury, TX
Texas Outside Rating: 7.0

Acres Of Water & Miles Of Shoreline
8,310 acres and 103 miles of shoreline


Brief Overview:

Review of Lake Granbury

Lake Granbury was formed by the construction of De Cordova Bend Dam by the Brazos River Authority. The Lake is maintained and operated by the Authority for water storage, water supply, and recreation. Most of the shoreline is lined with nice houses and some tall tree-covered bluffs. Lake Granbury is not a constant level lake, so you need to keep an active eye for tree stumps particularly at the north end of the lake.

The pictures for this review are not the best - it was raining and cold the day we took them. Come back later and you'll see some better pictures.

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day

There are a few good coves for skiing and typically, if the wind's not blowing and there isn't a lot of traffic, you'll be able to find some calm water. We like to cruise through the houses and sloughs a few miles south of Indian Harbor Marina on the north shore. A must stop is the floating restaurant Groggy Dawg, an excellent place for some good grub, drinks, and music on the deck. It is located on the southwest side of the 377 bridge. Groggy Dawg has changed hands and is now Sam's Rockin S Grill. Another good choice is Stumpy’s Lakeside Grill restaurant and marina, about a mile south of Rockin S Grill. This is a really nice place with great food and service. Fuel available at both previously mentioned places as well as Indian Harbor, De Cordova, and Pecan Plantation.

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Other Cool Things To Do:

Cruise the lake, ski, fish, drop an anchor in a cove and swim, pull up to the Groggy Dawg and eat and listen to some good music.

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What To Do If No Boat:

If you don't have a boat you can rent a ski boat, pontoon boat, or jet ski at Sam's Rockin S. Or take a breakfast, lunch, dinner, or murder mystery cruise on the Granbury Riverboat. The Granbury Riverboat has closed.

Nearby Activities:

Visit the Guide To Granbury to find some fun things to do in and nearby Granbury. There are some good golf courses nearby and the historic town square has quaint shops and restaurants.

Restaurants, Bars, & Music:

The town square has some restaurants, but our favorite is to have lunch or dinner at the Groggy Dawg and sit on the deck and listen to some music.

Wake Boarding & Skiing:

You should be able to find some good water on most parts of the lake. If you're at the north end of the lake, watch out for trees.


According to Texas Parks & Wildlife: Most species are currently managed with statewide regulations. The exception is largemouth bass, which has a 16-inch minimum length limit. Daily bag for all species of black bass is 5 in any combination.

The main lake has a small amount of timber, cattails and bulrushes, but by far the predominant type of structure is boat houses and piers. The upper lake has more timber and brush piles

Striped bass fishing can be very good on this long, sinuous reservoir. Downrigging jigs and crankbaits as well as drifting live shad can be very effective. The mid-lower lake seems to be best. Largemouth bass fishing can be excellent around any of the 1000-plus boat docks and piers. Crankbaits, jigs, and worms are top bets. Catfishing is best in the upper reservoir. The stained water and abundant timber along the Brazos River channel makes for excellent trotlining. Crappie can be caught using live minnows fished around docks, submerged brush, and bridge pilings. White bass are best during the spring in the river above the lake. Small jigs and spinners work best. Sunfish can be caught using live worms or crickets fished around docks, especially in early summer.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass
White Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass

*Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Camping, Waterfront Lodging, and Day Use Parks

There are a couple of hotels on the water, plenty of B&Bs in historic or luxurious homes, and camping at Hunter Park, Rough Creek Park, and DeCordova Bend Park. We really like Inn on Lake Granbury, a very nice B&B on the water with a pool, good breakfast, and elegantly appointed rooms. A new Hilton Garden Inn is now open and it's right on the water.

The City has open a new beach area with a swimming area and picnic tables.

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Ramps & Marinas

The city has a very nice 3 lane ramp at the Business 377 bridge. Check out for more info on ramps and marinas. Groggy Dawg has gas and a ships store - south west side of the 377 bridge

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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 ( in 2006. Texas Parks and Wildlife does not endorse Texas Outside or information presented on ©Copyright Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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