Guide to Texas side of Lake Texoma
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, but here are a few favorites for the Texas side of Lake Texoma.
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/
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
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
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. Donald Risner on the Texas side, his number is 972-569-7990.
Golf: Tanglewood Resort, 290 Tanglewood Circle, Pottsboro, Texas 75076. Call 1-800-883-6569.
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