If you live in Colleyville, Texas, or are just visiting, you’re near the various lakes and waterways in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Whether you’re looking to fish, kayak, paddleboard, or enjoy some time lakeside, DFW has some prime spots where you can enjoy all kinds of recreation on the water to your heart’s content. Our Crème de la Crème team invites you to explore these five waterways around Colleyville.
Sunrise at Lake Lewisville, TX by Jason Hunter is licensed with CC BY 2.0
Lake Lewisville, spanning 29,000 acres with 233 miles of shoreline, is one of the largest lakes in north Texas. This lake is a relaxing spot that is great for fishing, featuring white and hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, white crappie, spotted bass, and blue and channel catfish. Lake Lewisville is also excellent for swimming, water skiing, and recreational boating. You’ll also find a bevy of parks located all around the lake.
Lake Ray Hubbard
As one of the largest lakes in North Texas, Lake Ray Hubbard isn’t just one place, it’s many places rolled into one. Six parks are adjacent to the lake, and the lake has three marinas and four boat ramps for recreational boating, for both motorized and non-motorized crafts, according to different access points. Fishing is plentiful on the lake, with potential catches including channel and blue catfish, largemouth bass, white crappie, white bass, and hybrid striped bass. Water skiing and kayaking are also available.
If you want to walk by the lake and beside a giant fountain, check out Rockwall Harbor. It’s a waterfront destination for entertainment, such as live music, shopping, dining, and more. Another destination along Lake Hubbard is Paddle Point Park, for non-motorized craft only, at 6775 Miller Road in Rowlett. This is also an access point to the Paddle Point Creek Paddling Trail, a scenic 6.4-mile trail on the water where you can catch sight of various wildlife, including bald eagles and blue herons. Paddle Point Park is a recreational area and also a good fishing spot.
You can access JohnPaul Jones Park at 4099 Zion Road in Garland, where four concrete boat lanes exist. Harbor Bay Marina has two-lane concrete boat ramps, and you can hop aboard a fishing barge, which is available for a fee. The harbor is located on Windjammer Way, off the Horizon/Ridge Road exit. Another point on the lake is the State Highway 66 Boat Ramp in Rockwall. To reach the boat ramp, exit north on Dalrock, off East I-30, and the ramp is on the east side of the highway.
Terry Park has two concrete ramps and is on Terry Lane in Heath. Chandler’s Landing Marina has two concrete ramps and can be accessed by taking the I-30 E. Ridge Road exit to Henry M. Chandlers. Finally, Captain’s Cove Marina has four concrete boat lanes at 5965 Marina Drive in Garland.
White Rock Lake
Five miles northeast of downtown Dallas lies White Rock Lake, a 1,015-acre city lake. It’s a prime fishing spot well known for its crappie, usually over 2 pounds each. It’s also a great place to catch largemouth bass, primarily concentrated around the creeks and reeds. You may even spot some invasive carp in the area.
One of the best things about White Rock Lake for anglers is how accessible it is, with multiple points for fishing. You can cast your line from the fishing pier on the south or fish from the banks of the lake. If you want to fish from a boat, several boat launches are available around the lake. If you choose to go fishing on a boat, be aware that motor boats are limited to up to 9.9 horsepower engines on the lake.
The lake also has other amenities, including a 9.33-mile hiking and biking trail, an Audubon Society bird-watching area, a wetland area, picnic areas, a dog park, and piers. There’s also a kayak concession area if you rent a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe.
Also located at White Rock Lake are the White Rock Lake Museum, the Dallas Arboretum, and the Bath House Cultural Center. Visit White Rock Lake at 542 E. Jefferson Blvd. in Dallas.
For a great fishing lake with over 60 miles of shoreline, head to Grapevine Lake, a body of water spanning 6,684 acres. Some of the fish native to Grapevine Lake that can potentially be your next catch include:
- Longnose gar
- Spotted gar
- Channel catfish
- Flathead catfish
- Blue catfish
- Black crappie
- White crappie
- Hybrid striped bass
- White bass
- Spotted bass
- Smallmouth bass
- Largemouth bass
The best spots to catch largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass include underwater boulders, rocky shorelines, and drop-offs.
Another one of the prime fishing spots at Grapevine Lake is the tire reef, which is in front of the Grapevine Spillway, with the target area being the center, approximately 100 feet from the shoreline. The areas near flooded timber and boat houses are the best spots to catch crappie.
For kayaking on Grapevine Lake, visit the Grapevine Lake Paddling Trail. You can take a guided two-hour adventure trip or get kayaking lessons at Lakeview Park with Discover Kayak at 2100 Lakeview Drive in Grapevine. You can also check out Lonestar Adventure Sports at Rockledge Park, 3600 Pilot Point in Grapevine, for your kayak or paddleboard rental needs.
For various aquatic activities, Meadowmere Park at 3000 Meadowmere Lane in Grapevine is the place to be. There’s a lake for kayaking and rafting. They also have an aquatic center for swimming, including a program dedicated to adaptive water sports for all ages and ability levels. In the summer, they have the WhoaZone, the largest floating aqua park obstacle course in Texas. Meadowmere Park has all the ingredients for fun with the whole family.
Whether you want to fish, kayak, boat, swim, or paddleboard, there are many waterways around Colleyville for you and your family to enjoy. Our Crème de la Crème of Colleyville staff hopes you find time to get out and enjoy one or more of the many waterways in and around the Colleyville, Texas, area, for a day in the sun with your loved ones.