Lake Ray Roberts State Park for Year Round Outdoor Fun!
There’s a lot to enjoy at Lake Ray Roberts State Park. On land, you can camp, hike, bike, ride your horse, rollerblade, geocache or go backpacking. On the water, you can swim at one of our beach areas (no lifeguards on duty), paddle, or wet a hook in our kids’ fishing pond or the lake. Or enjoy quieter pursuits: photography, nature watching, or simply relaxing! Take a virtual tour with our interactive trails map.
Stay at one of our many campsites or reserve a room at Lone Star Lodge. Hold your next group event here; we have group walk-in campsites, four picnic pavilions overlooking the lake, and meeting rooms at Lone Star Lodge.
Fish the 29,000-acre Ray Roberts Lake. Anglers catch largemouth bass, crappie, white bass and catfish here. The current lake record for largemouth bass is 14.07 pounds. We have boat ramps, a marina, a fishing pier and fish cleaning stations. Remember, you can fish from the shore or a pier in a state park without a fishing license! To supercharge your fishing, you can hire experienced Lake Ray Roberts fishing guides like Ucatchem Guide Service for half and full day charters.
Fishing from Shore at Lake Ray Roberts State Park
Lake Ray Roberts State Park provides everything anglers need for fishing, including boat ramps, a marina, a fishing pier, shore-fishing areas and fish-cleaning stations. As in any Texas state park, casting from the shore or a pier requires no fishing license. Two kid fishing ponds provide great places for kids and families to learn the ropes, with easy-to-catch species such as sunfish and catfish. Plenty of spots cater to the more experienced anglers as well.
Rocky areas along the shoreline, particularly when the weather is chilly, are spots that people find success catching largemouth bass from shore using soft plastics, spinner baits and jerk baits. Many also land catfish from the shore, fishing the bottom with catfish bait.
“Parks” inside the Park
This park includes two developed units on opposite sides of the water, Isle du Bois on the south and Johnson Branch on the north. At Isle du Bois, cast for crappie, bass and catfish from the fishing pier and for sand bass along the rocks between the pier and beach. A small cove off the Hawthorn walk-in campsite area is good for crappie and sand bass, which hit jigs, belly spinners, slabs, minnows and, when the fish are surfacing, small topwaters.
Lake Ray Roberts State Park: Isle du Bois
Isle du Bois has day-use areas with 196 picnic sites, volleyball nets, playgrounds, restrooms and a swim beach. This unit offers tent and RV campsites, including an equestrian-friendly campground at Bluestem Grove, and trails. Torres’ favorite, the half-mile Lost Pines Nature Trail, has numbered markers and a corresponding guide identifying plants along the way. The Randy Bell Trail, a 2.2-mile paved loop around the campgrounds, also has a printed guide and crosses pocket prairies and dense woodlands. Mountain bikers enjoy nearly 10 miles of trails looping and twisting through the woods, created by the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association.
Phone: (940) 637-2294
Isle du Bois Facebook Page
Lake Ray Roberts State Park: Johnson Branch
Johnson Branch is one unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, located in Valley View, Texas. Recreation opportunities includes camping, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. Johnson Branch has a 2.6-mile primitive hike and bike trail, a 2.8-mile paved loop and several miles of mountain biking trails, as well as camping, picnic areas, a swim beach, boat ramps and fish-cleaning stations.
Phone: (940) 637-2294
Johnson Branch Facebook Page
Fishing from a Boat Lake Ray Roberts State Park
Those fishing from a boat are likely to hook crappie around brush piles, standing dead trees and bridge piers, especially bridges at Buck Creek (north of Pilot Point) and on FM 922 across the north side of the lake. Sand bass surface in open water south of Wolf Island, north of Hawthorn Island and off the park’s Culp Branch, which is just west of the dam. These fish, Bradley says, like jigs and minnows. Black bass lurk along cliff faces on the east side of the dam, as well as in coves and around underwater structure. Catfish tend to hang out under trees where egrets and cormorants roost.
Since 1987, when the lake was dammed, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has stocked these waters with hundreds of thousands of Florida largemouth bass as well as channel catfish and shad. The Trinity River also naturally contained some species, including gar. Ray Roberts Lake became a state park in 1993 and, in addition to its two main units, has six satellite units with boat ramps. A full-service marina at the Sanger Unit sells boats, bait, fishing licenses, groceries and fuel. It also rents boats and motors and offers boat storage, slips and boat repair. Lodging is available at Lantana Resort in the Jordan Unit.
More to do than Fishing
Fishing may be a main attraction at Lake Ray Roberts State Park, but it’s certainly not the only one. A 20-mile, multi-use Greenbelt Corridor runs from the dam to Lake Lewisville, following the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Horse riders can use 12 miles of this trail, with the rest for hike and bike use only.
About UCATCHEM Lake Ray Roberts Guide Service
Jim Walling found his passion for fishing as a child, and continues to share his wealth of fishing knowledge today. Jim started guiding fishing trips on Lake Ray Roberts when it opened to boats in 1990, and knows every hump, bump and hiding place on the lake. If you want to fish for Trophy Bass, Slab Crappie, White Bass or even Catfish, Jim would love to share his love of fishing with you. Children under 16 fish Free with paying Adult Angler! UCatchem Guide Services offers trips for Individuals, Families, Large Groups and Corporate Events.
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