It's getting to that point in Texas where the weather is at 100 degrees (and sometimes even higher) which means doing things outside is getting kind of hard. Thankfully we found a spot that provides enough shade and cool water to keep you chill during these hot summer days. Lake Tawakoni State Park in Wills Point, Texas provides a great place to swim and so much shade you could even bring your favorite puppy along with you.

The lake has 376 acres of forest which are more than enough for you to find the perfect tree to sit under. On a good breezy day, you can even sit and relax on the five-mile lakeshore. You don’t need a fishing license for this lake and if you’re lucky enough to have a boat, you can take it along with you to the lake. They also have equipment rentals that vary in price depending on the season.

If you really like the view of the lake but don’t really feel like getting into the water, you can explore their five miles of trails where you can hike or bike depending on your preference.

Camping at the park starts at just $20 and works its way up depending on amenities. Visitors also have a group camping option which sleeps up to 50 people for just $50! Grab your entire family and friend group and head on over this summer for some serious lakeside fun.

The daily entrance fee is just $5 for adults. Spring and summer are their busiest seasons and their gates are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Lake Tawakoni State Park is located at 10822 FM 2475 Wills Point, TX 75169. To book your stay or for more information on the park, you can visit their website here.

Lake Tawakoni State Park

Price: $5

Address: 10822 FM 2475 Wills Point, TX 75169

Why you need to go: The lake offers tons of shade making it a great place to hang out on hot summer days. The water is also very refreshing which is a major bonus. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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