Tranquil wooded 376-acre Lake Tawakoni State Park rests along the south-central shore of Lake Tawakoni. Historically, Native American tribes lived in this area. Indeed, the lake, and later the park, acquired its name from one of these tribes, the Tawakoni. Tawakoni, translated means, “river bend among red sand hills.” Later residents to the area were ranchers and farmers. The lake was constructed on this site in 1960.
Lake Tawakoni is a 37,879-acre reservoir on the Sabine River that covers portions of three counties: Hunt, Rains and Van Zandt. Tawakoni is a great camping destination for outdoor enthusiasts in general and fishermen in particular. Fishermen in the area will find the lake to be exceptional for catching whites, stripers, and catfish. Guests to Lake Tawakoni will quickly understand why many fishing tournaments occur here annually.
Lake Tawakoni State Park displays upland regrowth forest and creek bottom with hard wood forests. Guests to the park will also encounter many pastures that remain from early farms.
Guests to Lake Tawakoni State Park will find the area teeming with wildlife. Animals native to the park include red and gray fox, bobcat, coyote, turtles, snakes, raccoons, beavers, armadillos, mink, and over 200 species of birds. It's not unheard of to occasionally find cougar tracks along the water’s edge.
Lake Tawakoni State Park maintains 75 campsites. Larger sites can accommodate RV’s up to 95 feet in length.
RV Rentals in Lake Tawakoni State Park
Transportation in Lake Tawakoni State Park
The park's address is:
Lake Tawakoni State Park
10822 FM 2475
Wills Point, TX 75169
The park is located approximately 50 miles east of Dallas and 25 miles south of Greenville. Guests will easily find the park from I-20. From Interstate 20, take State Highway 47 north through Wills Point to FM 2475. Continue along FM 2475 for about four miles. Guests will know they are approaching the park when they cross FM 3711. FM 2475 leads guests directly into Lake Tawakoni State Park and continues on within the park.
Visitors to Lake Tawakoni State Park will find ample parking. Guest will find parking near the showers, near the beach and the trail head. Parking is also available at each camping loop and near the amphitheater.
There is no public transportation available within the state park.
Campgrounds and parking in Lake Tawakoni State Park
Campsites in Lake Tawakoni State Park
Lake Tawakoni State Park
Lake Tawakoni State Park maintains 78 campsites. These campsites are a mixture of pull throughs and back-ins. The camp sites are divided into two loops – White Deer Reach Camping Loop with 46 back-in sites with water and 30 AMP electric and Spring Point Camping Loop which has a mixture of pull throughs and back-ins. Guests will find that some of the sites in Spring Point have 50 AMP and sewer hook-ups.
Sites #47-51 and #68-78 in the Spring Point Camping Loop offer guests 30/50 electrical hookup and can accommodate up to eight guests per site. Each site offers a picnic table, fire ring, tent pad, water, and a lantern post. Guests to these sites will find the restroom and showers nearby. Some of these sites have access to the lake itself. Between November and February these sites can be rented for a monthly rate.
Sites #52-67 in the Spring Point Camping Loop offer guests 30/50 electrical hookup and water hookup and can accommodate up to eight guests per site. Guests to these sites will also find a picnic table, a fire ring, a tent pad, and a lantern post. Guests at these sites will find restroom and showers nearby. Guests should note that some of these sites offer lake access.
Additionally, there's one primitive group camping space. This area is walk-in and can accommodate up to 48 campers. Guests to this area should note that there is a 100 yard walk to restrooms and showers. The site offers six picnic tables and six lantern posts as well as trash cans.
Seasonal activities in Lake Tawakoni State Park
The state of Texas has hidden a special geocache in each of 13 state parks for guests to find. Guests can find a passport page online to being with them. They will want to write down each coordinate (waypoint) on this sheet before leaving for the state park.
Inside each cache, guests will find a logbook. Guests should sign and date the logbook. They can even leave a message for other geocachers to read. The front of each logbook contains a story describing a special feature of the park. Guests will use this to answer the question listed on their passport.
Guests will also be a special orienteering punch, that is used to punch the black circle next to the park name of the cache. These two things prove that the guests found the cache. Guests will also find small trinkets for trade within the cache. Guests should be mindful to bring something of their own to trade. Kids will be excited to find that each state park cache offers a different collectible trading card. Guests that find all of the Texas State Park caches can send their completed passports to: Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge – TPWD 100 PW 4137 Pilot Point, TX 76258 for a special gift.
If you're looking to fish during your vacation in the state park, you're in luck. The park rests along the 37,879-acre reservoir known as Lake Tawakoni. Guests can fish from the shore or from a boat. Guests traveling with young children will want to take the kids to the kid fish pond. No fishing licesne is required to fish from shore in a state park.
Fish frequently caught in Lake Tawakoni include striped & hybrid striped bass, white bass, catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass. The park maintains a four-lane boat ramp and fish cleaning station. Guests without their own gear may borrow fishing gear at headquarters to use in the park.
Swimming and Boating
Guests will also find Lake Tawakoni a popular boating lake. Lake Tawakoni offers guests a variety of recreational options with its 36,700 acres of water and 200 miles of shore line. Guests to Lake Tawakoni State Park will find this a popular lake for swimming, boating, water-skiing, jet skiing, fishing, picnicking, and duck hunting.
Guests to Lake Tawakoni State Park will find this an ideal space to relax and engage in water sports in the summer months that are often brutally hot. Surrounded by hard wood forests, the park maintains a sandy beach for swimming near the boat ramp. Guests will find this a tranquil space to bring the children and enjoy nature but should be mindful that there are no lifeguards on duty here.
First Monday Trade Days
Visitors to Lake Tawakoni with an interest in history and shopping will find First Monday Trade Days in nearby Canton an interesting combination of both. This even began in the 1850′s when the circuit court judge stopped in Canton on the First Monday of each month. People in the area began to come to town on the first Monday to conduct their business, stock their pantries and sit in on the monthly court proceedings.
Many people also brought their own goods, produce and livestock with them to sell or trade. Thus, the First Monday of each month took on the feel of a fair. The original location of First Monday Trade Days was just beyond the west side of courthouse square. Most historical telling’s indicate that the First Monday Trade Days included trading of wild horses, that had been rounded up in the region and brought to sell at Canton.
By 1965, First Monday Trade Days had outgrown the Town Square. At this point the City of Canton purchased six acres north of the courthouse and moved the enterprise to that location. Another alteration to note is that the name is now a misnomer as the First Monday Trade Days occur Thursday-Sunday.
Edgewood Heritage Park Museum
Guests to Lake Tawakoni State Park with an interest in history will want to visit Edgewood Heritage Park & Historic Village in nearby Edgewood, Texas. Guests to Edgewood Heritage Park Museum. Founded in 1976, the park is a Bi-Centennial project that continues to grow yearly. This outdoor museum maintains 20 authentically restored and furnished structures representing rural life in East Texas from the 1800's to the 1920's. The museum covers part of three downtown city blocks in Edgewood and is owned and operated by the Edgewood Historical Society. The museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 9 am to noon.
Those who enjoy hiking and mountain biking will find Lake Tawakoni State Park an ideal space to enjoy their outdoor interests. This park maintains six different hiking/biking loops that total five and a half-miles. The trails in Lake Tawakoni State Park invite guests to meander through the trees, past open pasture, beside a small pond, and alongside Lake Tawakoni. The park’s dirt trails range from flat to gently sloping and are rated from easy to moderate in difficulty.
Trails within Lake Tawakoni State Park include:
Farkleberry Trail: This easy 1.72-mile out and back trail guides guests through the woods near Lake Tawakoni and is ideal for bird watching.
Osage Orange Trail: This is an easy .82-mile looped trail.
Red Oak Trail: This easy .39-mile easy looped trail leads guests along the shore of Lake Tawakoni. Guest walk the contours of the lake behind a fringe of trees. This is a good trail for observing the local wildlife.
Blackjack Trail: This one and a half-mile moderately challenging looped trail takes guest through a forest of mature Blackjack oaks.
Spring Point Branch Trail: This short easy .11-mile trail leads guests to meander a hard wood forest.
Spring Point Trail: This .43-mile moderate trail is ideal for bird watching.
Sprint Point Easy Trail: This .35-mile easy looped trail takes guests to the point. Here they can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding lake.
White Deer Trail: This is an easy .43-mile loop trail.