Lake Ray Roberts

Man leaving out on a boat to fish

Escape the bustle of the city and get back to nature just an hour north of the DFW Metroplex. Come play at Ray Roberts Lake State Park for the day or the weekend!

Enjoy all the benefits of living by this beautiful gem, including the gorgeous countryside, state parks, and rental cabins near the lake.

Lush prairies and shaded woodlands fringe the shores of the mighty Ray Roberts Lake. Head to the lake to swim, boat, or stand-up paddleboard; try your luck fishing for crappie, catfish, and white bass; or perhaps beat the lake record for largemouth bass—currently at 15.18 pounds. 

man getting in a small fishing boat on lake ray roberts

Lake Ray Roberts Fishing

Home to black bass, sand (white) bass, catfish, crappie and more!


There are many good areas to fish for bass. White bass fishing peaks in the spring during the spawning run up tributaries, and again in the summer when bass school in the main pool off the dam and main lake points.


Crappie and Catfish provide good fishing year-round. The blue catfish population at Ray Roberts has improved substantially in recent years. Blue catfish from 12- to 20-inches are abundant and available for harvest. Quality fish, ten pounds and larger, are also present.

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Away from the water, the 20-mile Greenbelt Corridor stretches to Lake Lewisville, and has trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Campers can stay in the Johnson Branch (north shore) and Isle du Bois (south shore) campground sections of the park, and equestrian camping is also available.


Lake Ray Roberts has numerous trails that are perfect for all experience levels. There are various distances, and various scenic options that hikers can choose from.

Whatever your outdoor adventure requires, the trails around Lake Ray Roberts are sure to fill your need. With equestrian trails, hiking trails, nature trails, mountain biking trails, paved trails, and more, Lake Ray Roberts has a wonderful trail system.


Texas Parks & Wildlife Department operates two state park units and several satellite parks around this lake. Park fees are charged at all locations except Pecan Creek, where donations are requested. A restaurant and full-service marina are located near Sanger Park.


There are several designated swim areas in lake Ray Roberts including Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch. In the summer months, the lake offers several beaches and hidden coves where you can take a cool dip and enjoy the lake’s clean cold waters. In addition, Both Isle du Bois near Pilot Point and the Johnson Branch in Valley View provide the best beach access to enjoy a refreshing swim in Lake Ray Roberts.

marina at lake ray roberts
docks at lake ray roberts