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Marina at Eisenhower State Park.
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Eisenhower State Park
Eisenhower State Park
EISENHOWER STATE PARK
EISENHOWER STATE PARK
50 Park Road 20
Denison, Texas   75020

Phone: 903-465-1956
Reservations: 512-389-8900
Email:
Eisenhower State Park
'Marina'
© 2008 Lee One Studios / Gregory Lee

Marina at Eisenhower State Park.

Eisenhower State Park
'Nature Trail'
© 2008 Lee One Studios / Gregory Lee

Entrance to Nature Trail.

Eisenhower State Park
'Fishing Texoma'
© 2008 Lee One Studios / Gregory Lee

Fishing on Lake Texoma. Photo taken from State Park Shore.

Eisenhower State Park
'Constellation'
© Jenny Carter Photography

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This was taken from Fossil Ridge campground 160.

Eisenhower State Park
'Early Bird gets the Worm'
© Jenny Carter Photography

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A beautiful sunrise and several fisherman. This is walking distance from Fossil Ridge campground.

Eisenhower State Park
'Painting with Light'
© Jenny Carter Photography

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Campsite 160 in Fossil Ridge Campground

Eisenhower State Park
'Gulls In Motion'
© 2008 Lee One Studios / Gregory Lee

Group of gulls enjoying the great outdoors of Eisenhower State Park.

Eisenhower State Park, with 423.1 acres, is located in Grayson County, northwest of Denison on the shores of Lake Texoma. It was acquired in 1954 by a Department of Army lease, which extends until 2004, and was opened to the public in 1958.
Nature of the Area
Grassy uplands, including rare remnants of the tall-grass prairie, terminate in rocky, shoreline bluffs and woodlands. A large variety of colorful wildflowers bloom throughout the growing season, March through November. Several wildflowers are identified by signs along the roadside in selected areas. A nature guide is available that identifies some of the trees along the trail. A wide variety of trees includes oak, ash, elm, cedar, dogwood, cottonwood, soapberry, locust, redbud, persimmon, and bois d'arc. A variety of mammals at the park include armadillo, bat, beaver, coyote, deer, fox, mink, nutria, opossum, rabbit, raccoon, skunk, and squirrel. Wintering bald eagles, pelicans, loons, and other waterfowl may be observed in the area. Lake fishing offers a variety of bass, sunfish, and catfish; lake fossils are on display at the park headquarters.
History of the Area
The park was named for the 34th U.S. president, Dwight David Eisenhower, as he was born nearby. In the early 1830s, the area became increasingly important to Anglo settlers, particularly as a route to Texas and the American southwest. Some of the things which add to the history of the area are the American Indian; Butterfield Overland stage routes; Chisholm and Shawnee cattle drive trails; Fort Johnson, established in the area in 1840; and Colbert's Crossing, established on the Red River in 1853 and operated until 1931.
Events
March 25
Fossils! Journey to the Past
Uncover ancient mysteries! Make your own fossil!

Join a park ranger to learn about fossils and create your own plaster impression! Together we'll examine the clues and imagine what Eisenhower was like millions of years ago.

Where: Picnic Pavilion at Cedar Hollow

When: Friday 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bring any fossils you've already found, and we'll work together to identify them!

For questions and updates check out our Facebook page or call the park office (903) 465-1956.

All programs are FREE with paid park admission.

More information about this event.

Contact:Kate Saling
(903) 465-1956
kate.saling@tpwd.texas.gov

March 26
Shoreline Scramble
Are you ready for adventure? Come explore the unique shoreline at Eisenhower State Park!

We'll start with the view at Lover's Leap then make our way down to the beach and over to the limestone caverns.

This is a short tour, but covers rough and rugged terrain. We'll be climbing steep hills and picking our way around large rocks.

This hike is for all ages. Dogs are NOT allowed near the park's swimming areas and so unfortunately cannot join us for this hike. See our calendar for upcoming dog-friendly hikes.

When: Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Where: Meet by the playground above the swim beach.

Bring: Good shoes, sunscreen, water, and a camera.

FREE with paid admission to the park.

Programs are subject to cancellation due to weather. Please contact park staff (903) 465-1956 or our Facebook event page for more information and the latest updates.

More information about this event.

Contact:Kate Saling
(903) 465-1956
kate.saling@tpwd.texas.gov

April 8
Star Party
Join us for a fun evening of stargazing to learn about constellations, planets, and far-away galaxies!

Viewing telescopes and expertise will be provided by the City Lights Astronomical Society for Students (C.L.A.S.S.)

Meet in the ATV parking lot across from Fossil Ridge.

Please no flashlights or cell phones while at the Star Party. Red tinted lights are permitted.

If skies are cloudy we'll meet the next night instead. For the latest updates check our Facebook event page or call our office at (903) 465-1956.

This event is FREE with paid park admission. Entrance fees are $5 per person 13 years and older.

More information about this event.

Contact:Kate Saling
(903) 465-1956
kate.saling@tpwd.texas.gov

May 14
Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing.

Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No fishing license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M

More information about this event.

Contact:Lee Yeager - Red River Fly Fishers Club
(903) 421-4984
wlyeager@cableone.net

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Area Attractions
Inside the park, visitors will find the Eisenhower Yacht Club, a privately operated full-service marina. They have a repair shop, boat sales, pontoon boat rentals, on-the-water fuel service dock, and long-term rental of wet boat slips. The marina store also has bait and tackle; limited groceries, camping, and picnic supplies; boating supplies; a sewer pump-out station; clothing items; and snacks. They are located at 2141 Park Road 20, Denison, 75020-4883; Phone: 903/463-3999, Fax: (903) 465-8906, E-mail: eyc@eisenhoweryachtclub.com.

Nearby attractions include Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site (campers can get a free tour); Bonham State Park; Lake Texoma; the Grayson County Frontier Village, a rustic 19th century structure and museum; and the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge with 11,300 acres of land and water known as a haven for migrating and wintering waterfowl.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 27 by Becky
We had a great time camping there. The sites are great because they are not right on top of each other. The area is heavly wooded which makes for a great camping atmosphere. The bathrooms were older but very clean. A big bonus is that the park seemed very safe, we saw very friendly rangers pass by about every 30 minutes or so which made us feel very comfortable. We will definatly camp there again!
July 29 A Shangrila in the Wilderness by Linda P
We went tent camping there on 07/23/2011 for our 5th year anniversary and brought our 2yr old grandson. It is absoulutley beautiful. We really had a wonderful time, and plan on going there alot more.
August 3 Wonderful Time by Robinson Family
Our family has stayed at Eisenhower several times, but this past weekend was the best! I recommend the cabins they are very nice.


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Directions
The park may be reached by taking U.S. Highway 75 out of Dallas; take Exit #72 to State Highway 91 North to Denison Dam to FM 1310 W and traveling 1.8 miles to Park Road 20 entrance.

Camping fees vary; entrance fee. For reservations, call 512/389-8900. Current weather conditions, including fire bans and water levels, can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

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