June 21

Five Reasons to Visit Ray Roberts Lake State Park


A walking trail surrounded by treesIf you are looking for a little adventure this summer, you may want to head out to Ray Roberts Lake State Park and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at the park. There are lots of things to see and do in the park, so here are five activities you may want to try when you visit.

Explore the Trails

You may want to check out the many trails that are available for visitors to explore. Whether you like to take a nice walk, hike, ride your horse, rollerblade, or backpack, there is a trail for you.


Geocaching is an activity where visitors are invited to look for treasures that have been hidden by people from all over the world. Each hunt takes treasure seekers on an adventure to a fun, or beautiful place outside. A geocache, which is the hidden item you are looking for, can range from something small like a film canister to something large like a metal box. Items can be in camouflage, but they are not buried.

If you are interested in looking for a geocache, go to geocaching.com to find items in your area. Download the coordinates to your GPS or smartphone, then search for your treasure. Be sure to sign the log-book and replace the treasure with a family-friendly article. You will also want to put the treasure back exactly where you found it.


There are lots of locations in both Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch where you can go camping while visiting Ray Roberts Lake State Park. There are some walk-in campsites that you have to hike a quarter of a mile to reach, as well as an equestrian campsite that lets you camp with your horse and trailer. These campsites cost $15.
There are other campsites you can visit that include power and water. These cost between $25 and $30 per night. Be sure to check out the list of campsites and prices before you go.

Enjoy the Water

With 29,00-acres of water, there are lots of places to fish and go swimming. If you like fishing, you can try to catch largemouth bass, crappie, white bass, and catfish. There are boat ramps, a marina, a fishing pier, and fish cleaning stations available.
If you want to go swimming, there are plenty of beach areas where you can take a dip. Just remember that there are no lifeguards available at the beach.

Ranger Programs

If you want a unique experience, you may want to check out the Ranger programs that are available to guests. The Rangers lead nature hikes and programs on outdoor skills in the park, so be sure to look for upcoming events that you want to participate in. There is also an Interpretive Center and a Junior Ranger activity your kids can do.
Whether you enjoy playing in the water, fishing, camping, or going for an adventure on the trails, Ray Roberts Lake State Park has lots of reasons for you to visit the park.
Lake Ray Roberts 380 Greenbelt Trail in March” by Robert Nunnally via Flickr licensed under CC BY 2.0 | Cropped from original


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