25 Best Pontoon Boating Lakes in Texas

My list of the best lakes in Texas.


1. Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake is a recreative destination with around eight parks maintained and managed around the 130kms shoreline of the lake. Boating, picnicking, boating, and swimming can all be cherished. There are multiple trails across the lake’s beautiful environment for horseback riding, hiking, and biking. Canyon Lake is situated on the Guadalupe River, across 25 km northwest of New Braunfels, 64 km Southwest of Austin and 56kms northeast of San Antonio. Many of the city dwellers visit this Lake on weekends and stay in camping grounds and nearby resorts. This stunning lake was formed in 1958 for flood control and water conservations.

You can rent pontoon boats at the marina. The lake is Texas size with over 33 square kilometers surface area and is 38 meters deep and is my favorite lake due to the excellent fishing, wildlife, and tent camping grounds.


2. Lake Granbury

Lake Granbury is located around 30 minutes travel from Fort Worth, and it is a reservoir formed during the damming of the Brazos River in 1969. The lake consists of 221kms of boundary and an entire surface area round about 3,360 hectares. The prospicient, narrow lake is a famous destination for boating, wakeboarding, water skiing, and fishing. Water is almost 23 meters deep and habitation for various fish species including sunfish, catfish, bass and longnose gar. Five recreation areas are placed across the lake’s boundary that flings numerous amenities for visitants including playgrounds, picnic areas, camping grounds, restrooms, and walking paths. Lake Granbury town can rather be called a picturesque place.


3. Lake O’ the Pines

Lake O’ the Pines is located in the Big Cypress Bayou and is appreciated for being a picturesque lake bordered by pine trees. It’s an extremely famous fishing point with white bass, spotted bass, catfish, largemouth bass and chain pickerel are some of the species which are regularly caught by fishing in the 76 square km lake. Plenty of marinas are sitting around the lake offering hiring a boat for visitants as well as mooring and storage for those who have their boat. The lake is also surrounded by parks, camping grounds, and boat ramps. Seven parks are sitting on the shoreline of Lake O’ the pines, offering facilities like restrooms, picnic tables, playgrounds, and boat ramps. A beach area is also offered by the Lakeside Park.


4. Lake Conroe

Sitting approximately 1 hour north of Houston, Lake Conroe is running by the East Texas Piney Wood Forests. Beautiful trees, magnificent houses, and hills encircle this lovely lake. The area includes some of the fantastic golf courses in Texas as well as some fabulous bars and restaurants. The reason for it is its popular residents including retired baseball pitcher Clemens and retired basketball players Aaron Grey and Rudolph Tomjanovich. Over ten marinas, The Sam Houston National Forest and Waterpoint Center have situated around 85 square km the lake. It is an ideal destination for water skiing, boating, fishing, jet skiing, wakeboarding with equipment being easy to use for rent.


5. Lake Austin

Lake Austin is another Highland Lake which is a 647-hectare reservoir which was formed after the building of The Tom Miller Dam in 1939. Lake Austin is a piece of the Colorado River and cop by Overflow from Lake Travis. It’s a popular point for fishing and boating as it has a vast population of bass most of which weigh over 11 lbs. This lake is also loved for canoeing, wakeboarding, and waterskiing. To enjoy the full benefits of Lake Austin, visitors go camping in Emma Long Park. From many options you can pick renting a boat, soaking up the sun on the beach or playing volleyball.


6. Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Sam Rayburn Reservoir is sitting across the 110kms north of Beaumont in deep east Texas. It is considered the largest lake for being 463 kilometers long and entirely situated within the state of Texas. The shoreline of the lake is not artificially organized but is made up of rolling hills and trees creating a dazing background. Fishing, boating, water skiing, and swimming are the favorite things of this lake and crappies, catfish and largemouth bass are the popular species caught in the lake. On the shoreline of the lake, there are plenty of marinas and campsites, as well as the Rayburn Country Resort which is like home to the best golf course. Visitors who don’t like water skiing or boating can enjoy hiking on the Sabine National Forest.


7. Toledo Bend Reservoir

Toledo Bend Reservoir covers 749 square kilometers at the border of Louisiana and Texas on the Sabine River. It is the most significant man-made reservoir and the fifth most extended man-made body of water in the state. The lake boasts 1900kms of the boundary line, providing facilities like hunting, camping, and picnic. Recreational activities that the visitors relish within the lake itself like wakeboarding, water skiing, boating, and swimming. Toledo Bend Reservoir is a fantastic fishing point with the most famous game fish living in the water, i.e., largemouth bass. Game fish are mostly found around the corners of the lake within the rich vegetation which also makes some beautiful scenery.


8. Possum Kingdom Lake

Possum Kingdom Lake is also named as PK. It is famous for being abode to the outstanding Hell’s gate cliff. The lake is also known for being habitation to the 620 hectare Possum Kingdom State Park, which is a famous destination for fishing and boating. Possum Kingdom Lake considered the most beautiful lake in Texas because of the cliffs, rolling hills and because of its crystal clear water. The lake is also surrounded by magnificent homes and stunning Cliffs Resort & Spa. The lake is located around 40 minutes north of Fort Worth on the Brazos River. The lake has an elevation of 304 meters and a total surface area of 8,000 hectares above sea level.


9. Lake Whitney

Lake Whitney is frequently visited by Texas residents throughout the year because of its stunning recreational activities. Fishing, sailing, jet skiing and water skiing are some famous water-based activities that are often relished by the visitors when they visit the lake. There are also plenty of land-based activities such as camping, hunting, and golf. Lake Whitney is surrounded by numerous camping grounds, resorts and lodges having various activities like playgrounds, golf courses, tennis courts, and swimming pools. The 362kms of the boundary also has beaches, boat ramps, and marinas as well as some mesmerizing scenery. The lake is 96 square kilometers large and is situated in Mile River. The lake was formed in 1951 as a flood river roll up the overspill from the Brazos River.


10. Lewisville Lake

Lewisville Lake is an ideal spot for fishing and boating in the summer months. The lake boasts some amazing shoreline which is habitation to plenty of camping facilities, lodges, golf courses, and restaurants. It’s a favorite place for water skiing, wakeboarding, and fishing with crappie and catfish being the most abundant fish in the lake. Lewisville Lake is sitting in North Texas near Lewisville. Dallas Lake was its former name, and it was expanded in 1950 and was named Lewisville lake for being the second biggest lake in the Trinity River area. The lake covers 11,975 hectares of surface area, and rolling hills and trees border it. The lake is crossed by nine bridges, and it is also approachable through the A-train (transportation authority in Denton Country).


11. Lake Texoma

Situated at the conflux of the Red rivers and Washita, this is one of the biggest lakes in all of Texas and one of the most sprang up lakes in the country. Lake Texoma was forged by Dension Dam on the Red river amongst Oklahoma in Texas’ Grayson and Texas and Coke counties. It swashes the entire 36,000-hectare surface area and is environing by National parks and other cities.

Lake Texoma is home for various small islands. For being a highly favorite place, almost 6 million people head each year to this lake for enjoying fishing, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. More than 70 fish species including white crappie, bass and catfish are living in the lake. There are above 12 marinas locating across Lake Texas apart from hundreds of campgrounds and two wildlife refuges. The annual charity Lakefest Regatta is hosted by it each spring, and college students are the top visitors of this lake during spring break.


12. Lake Travis

Locating in central Texas on the Colorado River, Lake Travis was organized in 1942 throughout the building of the Mansfield Dam near Austin. It stretches out for 105kms and is the most magnificent lake with a surface area of 7660 hectares in the Highlands Lakes region. Lake Travis is one of the most famous lakes in Texas for recreative actions with countless people clumping to the lake every year. Swimming, boating and scuba diving are famous activities relished at the lake. This lake is also dwelling to numerous fish species like catfish, sunfish, and bass. Around 400kms of the boundary is bordering Lake Travis where picnicking and camping can be basked. It is also abode to Hippie Hollow Park which is famous for being a nudists spot. The lesbian and the gay community emcee Splash Day at the park every year.


13. Eagle Mountain Lake

The damming of the Trinity River in North Texas forged Eagle Mountain Lake which is an artificial lake. It is situated at 198 meters over the sea level with a surface area of above 3,500 hectares exactly the north of Fort Worth. This lake is visited by many people to revel recreative activities like water skiing, kayaking, boating, and waterboarding although it is most famous for being a boating terminus. The lake is abode to the world-famous Fort Worth Boat Club, which was launched in 1929. Both the national and international regattas are held by the boat club every year. Eagle Mountain Lake is exceptionally famous for fishing as it is home to channel fish, largemouth bass, white crappie, and white bass. Fishermen rent out boats, and they can also employ ramps at the dockage. Campgrounds, picnic areas, restaurants, and walking trails are some other facilities available across the Eagle Mountains Lake.


14. Lake Amistad

Lake Amistad is a fabulous man-made lake that is located at the joining point of the Rio Grande and Devils River, across the 19kms northwest of Del Rio. It was created in 1969 after the building of the Amistad Dam, right by the Mexican border. In the last few years, this surface area was abode to the indigenous Americans and cave paintings that can be seen throughout the region to this day. Now, Lake Amistad is extremely popular for its stunning beauty and recreational activities, explicitly fishing and boating. An annual fishing tournament is also organized at this lake for both national and international challenges. Scuba diving, boating, swimming and water skiing are some of the water-based activities which are reveled at Lake Amistad. There are numerous boat ramps grounded around the 340-meter lake area. However, its natural environment renders visitors the opportunity to enjoy camping, hiking and nature walk.

15. Lake Buchanan

Lake Buchanan was created when the Colorado River was dammed in 1939. The thirty-mile-long lake is the second largest Highland Lakes in Central Texas. Its 124 miles of shoreline are taken over by campgrounds, lakeside homes, and rental cabins.

You could enjoy bird watching its gravel shores when you are not swimming and sunbathing.


16. Lewisville Lake

Lewisville Lake was formed when the Elk Fork of the Trinity River was dammed to control flooding and provide drinking water to the citizens of Dallas. The lake is one of the largest lakes in northern Texas and a popular recreation site in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, particularly on weekends.

Many parks around the lake provide access to boating, swimming, and sunbathing. You could even rent boats and jet-ski from several establishments in the parks.


17. Lake Bridgeport

18. Lake Grapevine

19. Cedar Creek Lake

20. Lake Fork

Lake Fork is yet another human-made reservoir created by The Sabine River Authority in 1980. This is dammed from one of the Sabine River’s major tributary, the Lake Fork Creek. It is 65 miles east of Dallas, with 315 miles of shoreline. You will find some rental cabins, even though a huge part of the shore is owned by private individuals.

As one of the world’s leading trophy bass fishing lakes, accounting for fifteen out of the twenty largest largemouth bass caught in Texas, the lake has stocks of different aquatic lives like catfish, sunfish, and bluegill. If you are looking for a beautiful place to visit in North Texas, then Lake Fork fits the description.

21. Lake Livingston

22. Lake Granbury

23. Caddo Lake

24. Lake Bob Sandlin

25. Eagle Mountain Lake

Eagle Mountain Lake was created in 1932 when the West Fork of the Trinity River was dammed. This popular recreation area located just fifteen miles north of downtown Fort Worth is well-known to city dwellers who love to go boating, fishing, or swimming. Other water activities enjoyed on this lake include kayaking, waterskiing, and wakeboarding.

You can easily access the surrounding hills and mountains via the five miles of hiking trails on the Eagle Mountain Park to enjoy the beautiful view. There is also the Shady Grove Park towards the lake’s southwest shore. It has a fine beach, a shaded playground, softball fields, and even tennis courts.

At the Eagle Mountain’s southern tip is the Lake Twin Points Park, which has a beach for swimming, a three-lane boat ramp, pavilions, and concessions.



Texas, as the second largest state of USA, is home to rivers, mountains, and lowlands. Generally, it is the hub of different climates; Texas is quite humid and hot specifically in the summers. Residents mostly head to lakes to enjoy boating, swimming or fishing and to get off the heat and there are enough lakes in Texas to choose from.


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