Acres Of Water & Miles Of Shoreline
41,356 acres and 330 miles of shoreline
Review of Richland Chambers Reservoir
Richland Chambers Reservoir, impounded in 1989, is 44,752 Acres in size and boasts 330 miles of shoreline. Located about an hour south of Dallas on I-45, Richland Chambers offers good fishing and boating. The lake is quickly being developed with gated residential communities by a number of different development companies. Richland Chambers is reported to be the state's third largest inland Lake, is fed by Richland and Chambers creeks, and it serves as a water source for Tarrant County. The shore line is well treed, flat, and not real exciting. The maximum depth is 75 feet and the water is fairly clear.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day
We start the day by looking for some calm water for skiing which is usually down by the dam or in a small cove just south west of the Highway 287 bridge. Watch out for stumps if you plan on boating this lake during the drought of 2006. After skiing, we typically swim, eat, and play games. We didn't find the cruising very exciting because there isn't a lot to see, and what there is soon starts to look the same -- try fishing instead of cruising.
We enjoy boating over to Timz Tropical Paradise for drinks, food, and live music - its just south west of the Highway 287 bridge. During the summer, this is a fun and lively place to hang out.
Other Cool Things To Do:
Timz Tropical Paradise is the only spot that we know of that has food, music, and a nice deck. You should rent a boat and go fishing, cruising, or skiing - check here to find a rental location. There are plenty of fishing guides to help you catch some big fish - here is list of some of them. There are some beautiful homes on the southwest side of the lake.
What To Do If No Boat:
Find a place to fish or swim, visit one of the day use areas (call ahead to make sure that they are open), or have a meal and drink at Oak Cove or Timz Tropical Paradise. You can find a place to rent a boat by clicking here.
Visit Corsicana or find a golf course in the Golfing Texas section of Texas Outside.
Restaurants, Bars, & Music:
Timz Tropical Paradise, which is in the first cove south west of the highway 287 bridge has a restaurant and lively bar. Fisherman's Point has a good restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and diner at very reasonable prices. If you know of some fun places, let us know.
Wake Boarding & Skiing:
Check out the dam or the small cove that is just south west of the highway 287 bridge.
Looking for a Richland Chambers fishing guide, click here.
The following is thanks to Texas Parks and Wildlife. Richland Chambers is an excellent choice for anglers seeking catfishes, crappie, white bass or hybrid stripers. Angling for largemouth bass can be very good where anglers can find vegetation and clear water; however, these areas are somewhat limited in size compared to the lake surface. Many anglers set jug lines for catfishes and go after schooling white bass and hybrids while waiting for jug line action. Richland Chambers produces abundant crappie (both black and white) and may be area's the most consistent fishery for these fishes.
Native pondweeds are abundant in Big Cedar Creek and along the south bank of the Chambers Creek arm. Hydrilla is scattered along the south bank of the Richland Creek arm from Midway Marina west to the railroad trestle and from 7L ramp south to Pin Oak Creek. The old Trinity River levee forms a crescent-shaped underwater structure between the confluence of the Richland and Chambers creek arms and the dam.
Some tips and Tactics follow. Largemouth bass anglers should look for fish congregated around underwater structure where they can be caught with jigging spoons and deep-diving crankbaits. Crappie anglers will have success with jigs or minnows near bridge crossings and in the abundant timber in the upper Richland and Chambers creek arms. Catfishes are everywhere; cut bait, stink bait, chicken livers, and worms are all productive. White bass and hybrid stripers are active from the 287 bridge to the dam. Use a graph recorder to find schools of shad or follow the birds to find schooling activity. Heavy jigs or slabs work well when fish are deep.
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*Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife
Camping, Waterfront Lodging, and Day Use Parks
Fisherman's Point Marina & Resort has cabins, a lodge, and campsites (some right on the water) plus a restaurant, gas dock, and small ships store - learn more by reading this review.
Oak Cove Marina has hotel rooms and campsites. You can read a review of Oak Cove Marina & RV Park in the Texas Outside Camping Section - click here.
Ramps & Marinas
Oak Cove Marina and Fisherman's Point both have ramps and Fisherman's has gas and a small ships store. Here is a list of facilities.
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*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.