June 21

Five Reasons to Visit Ray Roberts Lake State Park


If you are looking for some adventure this summer, you may want to head out to Ray Roberts Lake State Park and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. There are many 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 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 in which visitors are invited to look for treasures 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, the hidden item you are looking for, can range from something minor, like a film canister, to something significant, like a metal box. Items can be in camouflage, but they are not buried.

If you want 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. Remember to sign the logbook and replace the treasure with a family-friendly article. You will also want to return the treasure where you found it.


There are many 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 you have to hike a quarter of a mile to reach and 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. Check out the list of campsites and prices before you go.

Enjoy the Water

With 29,000 acres of water, there are many places to fish and swim. If you like fishing, you can try to catch largemouth bass, crappie, white bass, and catfish. Boat ramps, a marina, a fishing pier, and fish cleaning stations are available.

If you want to go swimming, you can take a dip in plenty of beach areas. 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 available to guests. The Rangers lead nature hikes and programs on outdoor skills in the park, so be sure to look for upcoming events 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 having an adventure on the trails, Ray Roberts Lake State Park has many reasons to visit.


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