Eisenhower State Park 'Gulls In Motion' © Gregory Lee
Group of gulls enjoying the great outdoors of Eisenhower State Park.
upload your photos

view photogallery

USA Parks
Prairies & Lakes Region
Eisenhower State Park
50 Park Road 20
Denison, Texas   75020

Phone: 903-465-1956
Reservations: 512-389-8900
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
© 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, 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.

Get directions
to this park:

by Town and state
by zip code

Nearby Parks

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.
April 18 FIRST TRIP TO TEXAS STATE PARK by Mike and Lisa
Have to say that we were very suprised with how clean and spacious the campground were. We camped in a tent and was not very far from the bath/showers. Nice and shaded. 2 reasons why not a 5 star. one campgrounds not on lake. and two fishing piers not so great, but other than that and excellent experience, all the rangers were extremely friendly. Looking forward to more of the same as we camp more often.
July 10 still trying to catch a fish by GARCIAS.........
this is a very beautiful lake. love the trails, fishing pier, and the swimming area. but its just our luck that we cant catch a fish. but we will be back to try again.
June 10 Beautiful Park! by Chris and family
We loved it, beautiful woods, hiking trails and wildlife. Thank you for such a nice park.
May 6 nice for camping
we have between to camping before but only in Oklahoma although we live in Dalla-Fortworth area. compared to the OK camping ground this is larger, cleaner and more scenic
April 17 I love being here. by Alyssa
Ever since i was little, i love going camping here. The cabins are a great place for family a camping trip.
April 13 Fix the fishing dock near the shelters by Rickc
We had a great weekend at the park. We stayed in a shelter and enjoyed all the ammenities except the fishing pier/dock that has not been repaired yet after 2 years due to collapsing banks?. This took the fishing part of the trip away from us, really disappointing! We had our hearts set on fishing from this pier based on past years fun there.

Photo Gallery
Share Your
Eisenhower State Park
(click here)
Weather Forecast, (75020)

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.

USA Parks
Prairies & Lakes Region
Eisenhower State Park
© 2014 StateParks.com