LAKE TAWAKONI STATE PARK
Lake Tawakoni is a 37,879-acre reservoir on the Sabine River. It provides water to surrounding cities, including Dallas. The lakes surface covers portions of three counties Hunt, Rains and Van Zandt.
A fishermans paradise, you may know of the park for its high-fin blue catfish. Many fishing tournaments occur on the lake each year.
Upland regrowth forest and creek bottom post oak woodlands cover most of the parks 376 acres, along with some abandoned pastures.
The park teems with wildlife. Animals here include red and gray fox, bobcat, coyote, possum, turtles, frogs, snakes, raccoons, beavers, squirrels, armadillos, mink and white-tailed deer. Cougar tracks along the waters edge have been cast in plaster.
Birders have identified more than 200 species of birds here.
The Sabine River Authority operates the reservoir and Iron Bridge Dam.
The reservoir's main purpose is to provide water for nearby communities and the city of Dallas. The shoreline stretches about 200 miles, through Hunt, Rains and Van Zandt counties.
Lake Tawakoni also provides water recreation for central northeast Texas residents.
Lake Tawakoni State Park is a 376.3-acre park in Hunt County. It has 5.2 miles of shoreline along the south central side of the reservoir.
TPWD operates the park under a lease agreement with the Sabine River Authority. It opened on Feb. 13, 2002.