Lewisville Lake
Lewisville, TX
Texas Outside Rating: 8.0

Acres Of Water & Miles Of Shoreline
28,890 acres and 187 miles of shoreline


Brief Overview:

Review of Lewisville Lake

Lewisville Lake is a Texas Outside Favorite because it offers some good shoreline camping, fair cruising, good food and music, a fun party cove, and some good places to ski or board. Lewisville Lake is a large (28,980 acres) Corp of Engineers lake with plenty of camping and day use areas, but it is relatively shallow, and is not one of the prettiest of the Texas lakes. It can get crowded and rough due to wind, lots of boat traffic, and big wakes made by some very large, beautiful boats.

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day

Our typical day on Lewisville Lake would include: cruise by some of the big houses on the west end of the lake (just before you get to Pilot Knoll Park), raft up and swim in the party cove at Westlake Park, and then head over to The Dingy Bar & Grill or Sneaky Pete's for a drink, some food, and music on the deck.

For something different we like to golf golfing on the lake - we load the boat with our golf clubs and boat over to Stewart Peninsula Golf Course (tie up to their dock and walk about 150 yards to the pro shop). You can find a review of Stewart Peninsula Golf Course in the golfing section of Texas Outside. It is a very fun and challenging course.  We also enjoy a round of disc golf on a fun course that winds through the trees, up and down the hills, and along the shoreline.  We can beach our boat at the west side of Lake Lewisville Park and walk to the course.

If we want to board, ski, or knee board, we'll typically look for smooth water in one of the coves at the north end of the lake, along the dam, or on the west side of the lake by the Highway 35 bridge.

Hickory Creek and Hidden Cove are our favorite campgrounds on Lake Lewisville. 

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Other Cool Things To Do:

Here are a few other things to do on Lewisville Lake:

  • rent a boat or gather some friends and rent a party barge from one of these Lewisville Lake Boat Rental firms
  • find a cove for swimming or fishing
  • watch the wind surfers at Lewisville Lake Park
  • enjoy one of the campgrounds or day use parks
  • cruise over to Sneaky Pete's for some drinks, food, a round of volleyball, a dip in the pool, or some live music

Use our map of Lewisville Lake to find fun things to see and do on the lake.

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What To Do If No Boat:

You're missing a lot of fun if you don't get out on the water, so go rent a boat or some other water toy from Just For Fun - click here to find a listing of what they rent and a link to their website.

Take advantage of some of the day use areas at Oakland Park, Hickory Creek Park, or any of the other parks on the lake - swim, fish, picnic, and horse around.  Or try stand up paddleboarding - a couple places rent paddleboards.

Nearby Activities:

There are lots of restaurants, golf, shopping and anything else you need within 20 miles of Lewisville Lake - check out Discover Texas and the Golfing Section of Texas Outside.

Restaurants, Bars, & Music:

Sneaky Pete's and Dingy Bar & Grill have good food and live music and both are fun places to spend a few hours eating, sipping a cold one, people watching, or listening to some music.

Wake Boarding & Skiing:

Try the far east end near Stewart Creek Park, by the dam, or the far west end by Pilot Knoll Park. Windsurfing is excellent off the point at Lewisville Lake Park


White crappie and white bass provide the most angling activity on Lewisville Lake. Largemouth bass, the most popular fish in Texas, is also popular at Lewisville. Hybrid striped bass have been stocked and provide anglers with another open water sport fish. The blue and channel catfish fisheries are excellent.

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

*Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Camping, Waterfront Lodging, and Day Use Parks

We don't know of any lodging outside of camping on the lake.  You can enjoy:

  • Day use areas including: East Hill, Westlake, Copperas Branch, and Harbor Lane
  • Camp at any of several campgrounds including: Stewart's Creek, Eastvale Park, Hickory Creek, Hidden Cove Park, Little Elm, Willow Grove, Sycamore Bend, Pilot Knoll, and Cottonwood - read our review of Hidden Cove and Hickory Creek
  • We are not aware of any lodges, cabins, or other rental properties on the lake.

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Ramps & Marinas

Gas, ice, and other basics are available at Eagle Point Marina (hiding in the back and down the last row of boat slips on the east side of Sneaky Pete's and past the volleyball courts) and Pier 121 Marina. There are plenty of ramps in the day use parks.

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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.

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