Camping Hiking Outdoors State Parks

Lake Tawakoni State Park

Lake Tawakoni State Park is composed of 376.3 acres in Hunt County. The property was acquired in 1984 and authorized through a 50 year lease agreement with the Sabine River Authority, which operates the 36,700 surface-acre reservoir and Iron Bridge Dam, on the headwaters of the Sabine River.

The area was originally home to the Caddo Indians, and was later settled by ranchers and farmers. The reservoir’s primary purpose is to provide a municipal and industrial water supply for the surrounding communities as well as the City of Dallas. Lake Tawakoni is surrounded by approximately 200 miles of shoreline, which stretches through Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt counties, and provides water-oriented recreation for much of central northeast Texas.

Lake Tawakoni State Park is a prime place for swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, and boating. The park is composed of mostly upland regrowth and creek-bottom, post oak woodlands, and small tract of tall grass prairie. Facilities include a swimming beach, 5.5 miles of hiking trails, 40 picnic sites, a four-lane boat ramp, a dump station/sewage treatment plant, and trailer pads for long-term guest host sites. 78 multi-use campsites (with electricity and water) and a Group Youth Area (35 person max.) are now open and reservable. This lease agreement with the Sabine River Authority will allow us to manage and enhance about 40 acres of native tallgrass prairie, an ecosystem that’s hard to find in East Texas.

Elevation: Elevations range from 437 to 500 feet.
Average annual rainfall 42.4 inches. January average low is 30 degrees. July average high is 95 degrees.

Schedule: Currently open, gate hours are 7am – 10pm

Entrance Fees

$3 per day, per person 13 and older.

To inquire about a group school-sponsored trip contact the park to make arrangements.

Special entrance rates for holders of:

Texas State Parks Pass.

Youth Group Annual Entrance Permit.

Texas Parklands Passport (Bluebonnet Pass)

Facility Fees

Applicable daily entrance fees are charged in addition to the campsite or facility fee. Pets are not allowed in any Texas State Park buildings. For other general pet restrictions check the Texas State Park Regulations. For park specific pet restrictions and more information contact the park at 1-800-792-1112.


Maximum 8 people per campsite unless otherwise noted. Applicable daily entrance fees are charged in addition to the campsite or facility fee.

76 – Campsites with electric and water hookups – Sites have water & electricity, a fire ring and a tent pad:
$18 per night

2 – ADA accessible campsites with electric and water hookups – Sites have water & electricity, a fire ring, waist high grill and a tent pad:
$18 per night

Group Youth Area (capacity 35) – This area consists of primitive sites. Everyone must walk through site #62 to get to these sites. What is packed in must be packed out. Fire ring in the area. Sites are about 20 yards apart and are water front:
$42 per night

18 ft. X 40 ft. canopy tent is available for rental at the park. It can be put on any site in the park. Contact the park for more details: $55

National Weather Service forecast for this area.

Note: The park sometimes reaches its parking capacity during larger scheduled events, which may limit access.

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