Lakes Near Tyler Texas


In the Piney Woods Section of East Texas, there are over 30 lakes offering a variety of outdoor sports for vacations or weekends, including Lake Palestine and Lake Tyler, and Toledo Bend Reservoir

Lake Tyler

Lake Tyler TexasLake Tyler Texas (TylerTexasOnline Staff photo)

Lake Tyler and Lake Tyler East, situated adjacent to each other and connected via a canal, are located just east of Tyler, Texas. These are the largest lakes in the Tyler area in addition to Lake Palestine. The two lakes cover nearly 5,000 surface acres and serve as the major water supply source to the Tyler metro area.

For more information about fishing, boating, maps, lodging, photographs and more, visit www.Lake-Tyler.com

Lake Palestine

Lake Palestine TexasLake Palestine Texas (TylerTexasOnline Staff photo)

Lake Palestine is located about 15 miles southwest of Tyler, Texas, on Texas Highway 155, and resulting from a dam on the Neches River. It has a surface area of 25,560 acres, and was completed in 1962.

For more information, visit www.LakePalestineTexas.com

Lake Bellwood

Lake Bellwood is located in west Tyler, just past Loop 323 near The Cascades development and All Saints Episcopal School.

Lake Bellwood was named for the small, nearby community of Bellwood.

Map of Lake Bellwood and Lake Greenbriar in Tyler, TexasMap of Bellwood Lake and Greenbriar Lake in Tyler, Texas

The dam was constructed in 1894 across Indian Creek to form Bellwood Lake, and the lake served as a source of water for Tyler.

The crest of the spillway is 426 feet above sea level, and the lake has a capacity of 1,391 acre-feet.

In 1966 recreational facilities on the east shore of Lake Bellwood included a golf course and a picnic area.

By 1981 the Bellwood Country Club had been added. Today, the dam is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic structure.

Nearby Lake Bellwood is Lake Greenbriar which covers an area of about 200 acres, and to the north the smaller Lake Park and Lake Hideaway near Lindale.

Lake Fork

At 27,264 acres and 315 miles of shoreline, Lake Fork was designed to be a premier bass fishing lake and currently holds records for 34 out of the Top 50 largemouth bass caught in Texas. This popular lake located on the Sabine River in Hopkins, Rains and Wood Counties, 5 miles northwest of Quitman, and north of Mineola. It was impounded in 1980, and today reaches a depth of 70 feet.

Largemouth bass is the most popular sportfish in this reservoir. A combination of restrictive harvest regulations, stocking of Florida strain largemouth, and abundant habitat has contributed to Lake Fork's development as one of the country's premier trophy bass lakes.

about Lake Fork

Lake Jacksonville, Texas ... dam and lakeviewLake Jacksonville, Texas ... dam and lakeview (TylerTexasOnline Staff photo)

Lake Jacksonville

Lake Jacksonville, built in 1957, is located three miles southwest of Jacksonville and covers an area of 1,320 acres.

It is the city's main water source and a popular destination for boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities, both for residents and tourists.

Toledo Bend Reservoir

Toledo Bend Reservoir is a massive 185,000 acre lake along the Texas and Louisiana boder, with both recreational and power generation benefits.

Boating, fishing, skiing, camping, hiking, birding, golf, and other recreational activities are all popular.

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Lake Columbia

Lake Columbia, a project that has been in the planning stages since 1978 by the Angelina and Neches River Authority, would fill the Mud Creek floodplain, creating a 10,000-acre, 14-mile long, 1.5-mile wide (at its widest point) lake with a dam five miles southeast of Jacksonville.

The current estimated cost cost is $296 million. The lake is expected to yield 85,507 acre-feet of water annually for water supply customers in participating towns and utility districts.

List of East Texas Lakes and Their Size

Tyler has a number of other lakes in its immediate vicinity, providing fishing, swimming, water skiing, houseboats, jet skis, sailing and other outdoor and hiking activities.

Within easy driving distance are lakes such as Toledo Bend Reservoir, Lake Jacksonville, Lake Fork, and Lake Striker.

Lakes located near Tyler are listed first, with other East Texas lakes listed as well:

Lake Name
Size (Acres)
Lake Palestine
25,560
Lake Tyler
2,224
East Lake Tyler
2,276
Lake Bellwood
170
Toledo Bend Reservoir
181,600
Lake Jacksonville
1,320
Lake Striker
1,863
Lake Fork
27,264
Lake Hawkins
633
Lake Athens
1,799
Lake Gladewater
481
Lake Gilmer
1,010
Lake O'The Pines
16,919
Lake Columbia (planned)
Lake Sam Rayburn
114,500
Lake Livingston
90,000
Wright Patman Lake
18,994
Caddo Lake
26,800
Lake Tawakoni
37,879
Lake Conroe
20,118
Lake Bob Sandlin
9,004
Nacogdoches Lake
2,212

For more Texas lakes, visit Texas Freshwater Lakes
provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife

 

Lake Palestine, near Tyler Texas


While the lack of rainfall in 2011 reached epidemic drought proportions, rainfalls in the area were extreme during May-July 2007 and many lakes were at or beyond capacity.

For example, Lake Palestine reached maximum levels in July 2007, after suffering the effects of multi-year droughts in the area. The photograph below, taken July 6, 2007, shows water overflowing the Lake Palestine Dam.

Lake Palestine Dam...July 6, 2007


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