Visit Lake Texoma
Following are some of our favorite activities at Lake Texoma and the surrounding area.
With a million and one things to do in the Texoma area, it gets a little overwhelming trying to plan your stay.
Please keep in mind that this is a very short list of what Texoma has to offer. There are literally hundreds of ways to spend your time at Texoma, and it is impossible to provide info on it all.
Island View Park Rec Area: Rent Kayaks and play on the beach. Open 9AM to Sunset. $7 per person. 87426 Preston Bend Rd, Pottsboro, TX 75076 903-419-1008 www.IslandViewTexoma.com
Bay at the Lake Restaurant: Great date night or group dinner. Live music most nights, terrific food, great wines, food to go. Catering available. 50055 TX-289, Pottsboro, TX 75076 (903) 912-5515 https://www.bayatthelake.com
Extreme Sandbox: Did you like Tonka trucks? Extreme Sandbox in Pottsboro allows you to drive full-size bulldozers, loaders or excavators. You can order the ‘crush a car’ package… race a friend or just learn to tinker with these huge and powerful machines. Call 1-855-DIG-4-FUN. https://www.extremesandbox.com/
Eisenhower State Park: 50 Park Rd 20, Denison, TX 75020. I love this park because it is a quintessential 1950’s state park. The land was purchased by the Army for the Dennison Dam project (Lake Texoma). There is a playground, camping and trails. I will occasionally take my youngest son to this park just to enjoy the early morning. The park shows as having an OHV that allows dirt bike and ATV driving with a permit. I have not used the OHV trails.
Hiking: Cross Timbers Hiking Trail is about 45 minutes west. It is a great hike along the bluffs overlooking the lake, only about 300' of elevation change on the trail but it's nice. During the rainy season, it can be washed out. Google Cross Timbers Hiking Trail for more information.
Driving around the lake: Looking to drive off road without 4-wheeling? Check into Fobb Bottom state recreational hunting area which is close. Also about 45 minutes away, this is Oklahoma State Wildlife Management Area. Over 2000 acres of floodplains, river bottom and cropland. Be careful in the sand near the water. You can hunt on this land (with the appropriate licenses and in the appropriate seasons).
Hagerman Wildlife Refuge: a 12,000 acre area where thousands of migratory birds stop each year. You can find out what activities are going on at https://www.friendsofhagerman.com/Home . There are a variety tours available, in your car, on a tram, or on the trails. Check out their 2nd Saturday program. I have taken my son here, the Park office/bookstore is a great place to stop for kids and to learn about the city that is now under water at Lake Texoma.
Highport Marina: Renting a boat or jet ski on the Texas side of lake. Highport Marina, 120 Texoma Harbor Drive, Pottsboro, TX https://highport.com/boat-jet-ski-rental/ Call 903-786-7000
Cedar Bayou Marina: Renting a boat for Oklahoma side, in Gordonville, TX. http://cedarbayou.com/tx/lake-texoma-boat-rentals/ Call (903) 523-4248
Marina Del Rey Marina: Renting a boat for Oklahoma side, in Kingston, OK. http://marinadelreyok.com/boating/boating-rental-rates/ Call (580)-565-9440
Ollie's Juke Joint: Go for dinner on the Oklahoma side of the lake. https://www.facebook.com/olliesjukejoint/
Burger Shoppe: Go for lunch or dinner in old Kingston. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Burger-Shoppe/113797075362712
Hucks Catfish: Go for lunch or dinner on Texas side near Pottsboro. 2811 Trail Dr, Denison, TX 75020. Call (903) 337-0033
Napoli's Pizza & Restaurant: 13015 N, TX-289, Pottsboro, TX 75076. Call (903) 786-2383
Rent a jet ski: Jet Away Rentals, Prosper, TX 75078. Call 972-838-6155
Striper Guide fishing service is abundant at Lake Texoma. I have used Anthony’s Striper Guide service for years out of Buncombe Creek when staying on the Oklahoma side, his number is 405-204-6808. I have gone with Donald Risner on the Texas side, his number is 972-569-7990.
LaJeanne's Plants 'N Things: Plant nursery and country decor. 6909 Enos Rd, Kingston, OK 73439
Golf: Tanglewood Resort, 290 Tanglewood Circle, Pottsboro, Texas 75076. Call 1-800-883-6569.
Golf: Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club, 12428 Chickasaw Pointe Rd, Kingston, OK 73439. Call 580-564-2581
Casino: Choctaw Casino and Resort, 4216S. Hwy69, 75, Durant, OK 74701. Call (580) 920-0160
Casino: WinStar World Resort and Casino, 777 Casino Ave, Thackerville, OK 73459. Call (800) 622-6317
Day Trip: Turner Falls & Pies. Turner falls is a water fall in Davis Oklahoma. It’s located about 1 hour 30 minutes from our properties. I have taken my kids there many times; the property is pretty and has a neat history. https://www.turnerfallspark.com/parkadmission. Call turner falls to make sure they are open. On the way home, there is a little shop that makes Pies. They are single serving pies you get right from the kitchen. https://www.arbucklemountainfriedpies.com/menu
Day Trip: Tishomingo. “Tish” as some folks call it located about 1 hour north of Pottsboro, and 45 minutes from Kingston. This is small town USA. It’s recently famous for having a restaurant and bar the Blake Shelton owns, but I like it as a simple day trip. They have a little park that has a water feature that younger kids can enjoy. Learn more about the city at https://www.travelok.com/Tishomingo