It’s no secret that Texas is known for its warm weather. With 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s no better way to cool down and relax than at a lake. Despite Texas having a dryer climate, there is a wide variety of different lakes throughout the state. Varying in size and recreation activities, the lake destinations are endless! Whether it’s right around the corner or a weekend getaway, here is a list of ten Texas lakes that you should explore.
White Rock Lake is a prime spot for numerous activities, such as running, hiking, birdwatching, paddle boarding (on-site rentals available), and fishing. This smaller city reservoir is located in the heart of downtown Dallas, making it great day trip option for cooling off and relaxing. White Rock Lake is about a 40-minute drive from Wildcat Ranch.
As one of the largest lakes in north Texas, there are countless recreation options here. Lake Lewisville is great for fishing, water skiing, swimming, and boating. There are even plenty of nice beaches to relax on and hiking and biking trails to explore. This lake is conveniently located just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is only an hour away from Wildcat Ranch: perfect for a day trip!
Eagle Mountain Lake is another popular lake outside of Fort Worth. It is largely known for its boating activities as it’s home to the historical Fort Worth Boat Club. Aside from boating and water activities, Eagle Mountain Lake also offers numerous surrounding lakes with stunning hiking trails. This location is another great day trip spot and is just over an hour drive away from Crandall.
Lake Granbury is a long, narrow reservoir near Granbury, Texas with over a hundred miles of shoreline. This is a popular spot for all sorts of lake activities from fishing at one of the many public fishing piers to spending the day on the water on a boat, kayak, jet ski, or a paddleboard! With many camping spots available, Lake Granbury is perfect for a weekend trip or a day trip being just 90 minutes from Crandall.
Lake Texoma is a larger lake that is perfect for all types of water recreation. It is surrounded by marinas, campgrounds, parks, and wildlife refuges. Located on the Texas-Oklahoma border, making it approximately two hours from Wildcat Ranch— perfect for a weekend, or even a day trip!
This is one of the most beautiful lakes of East Texas as it is surrounded by sky-high pine trees. One of the best ways to explore Lake O’the Pines is by boat and has numerous boat ramps available. This lake is also popular for its elaborate fishery that contains several bass species, catfish, crappie, and sunfish! While this lake is only a little over a two-hour drive from Wildcat, it is recommended for an overnight camping trip because the night sky through the pines is unlike any other!
Another larger lake that is perfect for a wide variety of recreation activities, such as swimming, boating, water skiing, and even scuba diving and snorkeling! There are also great spots for hiking and picnicking too. Possum Kingdom Lake is located west of Fort Worth and is about a three-hour drive from Wildcat Ranch.
Lake Austin is a reservoir that is actually a part of the Colorado River. This relaxed lake is popular among the locals and is known for its fishing and boating, as it is largely populated with bass fish. Boat rentals are available for reservation if you do not have your own. Located just outside Austin, Lake Austin is roughly a 3.5-hour drive from Wildcat.
Inks Lake is a part of the relaxing Inks Lake State Park. It offers over 200 camping spots and a variety of water activities, such as swimming, fishing, and boating. Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, northwest of Austin, Inks Lake is perfect for a weekend camping trip and is about a 3.5-hour drive from Wildcat.
Lady Bird Lake is a unique river-like reservoir located in the heart of Austin. It offers a wide variety of activities and some of the most popular things to do are kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding. The lake also offers hiking and biking with a 10-mile long trail! As this lake is down in Austin, it makes for the perfect weekend trip.
Whether you’re there for a day or weekend, these lakes are the perfect place for families to unwind and make memories. Located driving distance from these beautiful lakes, Wildcat Ranch is a new hometown community in Kaufman County. Its impressive Amenity Center offers parks, a Fitness Center, an expansive pool, tot lot and more, there is something for everyone. Let your furry friends run in the two dog parks. Miles of walking and biking trails weave through the neighborhood. There is even a brand-new school, Noble Reed Elementary, within walking distance of the homes.
Build your dream home by choosing from floorplans hand crafted to your needs. Select one of three Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your home; Beazer Homes, Express Homes, and Lennar Homes. The Model Row Village is now open to tour! Stop by the community at 1000 Wildcat Trail, Crandall, TX 75114 to take a tour, or contact us for more information. Visit WildcatRanchTexas.com or call 214.466.8144 to discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch.
Located just 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, there is a new hometown where value meets lifestyle. Life at Wildcat Ranch in Crandall comes with many perks, such as proximity to a vibrant culture, enjoyable weather year-round, and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. With an urban-suburban mix, the Dallas area has consistently been ranked as one of the best places to retire. Here are a few reasons to consider retiring near the “Big D”:
Looking to escape the brutal winters or the rainy spring? Then Wildcat Ranch is calling your name! With a four-season lifestyle, the area still offers an enjoyable climate year-round, with average temperatures around the 50s in the winter and mid/high 80s in the summer. With 232 sunny days per year, there’s plenty of time to stay active and enjoy the outdoors.
Living at Wildcat Ranch means you can live “Life On Your Terms” and enjoy all of the fun and exciting things this region offers. For those who looking for an outdoor adventure, there are many lakes and natural preserve areas that are perfect for sailing, fishing, hiking, hunting, etc. Being in the Dallas area also means being able to play a round of golf at one of the best courses in the state. For arts and culture lovers, explore the wide range of incredible museums and galleries, experience the eclectic music scene, or relax with a good book at one of the numerous parks.
The best part about this Dallas suburb is that it’s just a short drive to everything you need from medical facilities to airports to sporting events. The Metroplex is home to some of the best medical facilities and several nationally ranked hospitals. With an international airport as the area’s central hub, this makes it easy to travel anywhere or even have friends and family come to visit. When they do come to visit, there are so many options for things to do, especially for sports fans as Dallas is home to several professional sports and college teams.
This area ranks as one of the most affordable large metropolitan cities to live in. The state of Texas as a whole is generally affordable with the benefit of no state income tax. As the area continues to rapidly grow, more housing communities are starting to develop, just like Wildcat Ranch. With the area’s budget-friendly estate prices, it is easy to find a variety of housing options at an affordable cost. Among this variety, there is bound to be a place that fits your requirements and for you to call home.
You are invited to discover a master-planned community like no other in the heart of Kaufman County, Texas. Wildcat Ranch is a new hometown where value meets lifestyle with floorplans handcrafted for your needs and homes priced from the $200’s. Choose from three Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your dream home; Beazer Homes, Express Homes, and Lennar Homes. Each locally-known Builder will work with you to ensure your home meets all of your needs. The impressive Amenity Center offers parks, a Fitness Center, an expansive pool, tot lot and more, there is something for everyone. Let your furry friends run in the dog park. Miles of walking and biking trails weave through the neighborhood.
Now is the perfect time to discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. The Model Row Village is now open to tour! Join our interest list or stop by our Model Row to learn more about the three builders and life at Wildcat Ranch.
Now is the best time to explore the natural side of Kaufman County. While Wildcat Ranch features a variety of amenities and nature trails, Kaufman County provides its’ residents with plenty of opportunities to be active outside and enjoy the Texas landscape. From hiking trails to fishing, and from horseback riding to camping spots, there is something for everyone in the family!
Get some fresh air and explore the wetlands of Texas at the John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center. Conveniently a short drive from Wildcat Ranch, venture to Seagoville for an environmental experience. Here you can learn about the water conservation, wetland systems, wildlife, and environmental trends in the area. With their expansive trail system throughout the wetlands, you will be surrounded by wildlife above and below the surface.
Just down the road from Crandall in Kaufman is the Kaufman City Lake Park. Here you can enjoy many different varieties of recreational leisure from fishing, boating, hiking, or even picnicking.
Life is better at the lake, so grab your fishing rods and camping gear and take a weekend getaway to cherish the outdoors at Cedar Creek Reservoir. This lengthy lake on the edge of Kaufman County is filled with an assortment of fish making it a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. Aside from fishing, the coves within Cedar Creek are ideal for swimming and all watersports.
Although there isn’t an actual ranch at Wildcat Ranch, there is Broken Bow Ranch! It’s only fifteen minutes down the road from the community too. For those wanting to channel their inner Texas cowboy side, they offer scenic trail riding on horseback for those of any level of experience. Riding lessons and camps are also available for those wishing to spend more time in the tack. Grab your boots and enjoy a genuine Texas experience on horseback through the plains.
Perfect your aim at the target range, catch big at one of the lakes, or go on an exciting hunting trip at the Pecan Ridge Outdoor Center. While the center is membership-only, it is worth it for anyone who is a fishing, clay shooting, or hunting enthusiast. They even offer classes in hunter safety! Located just a few miles from Wildcat Ranch, escape into the wild and enjoy the Texas hunting experience.
If you’re looking to get even more involved within the community, surrounding Crandall, TX are several recreation centers that are open to the public. The centers offer recreation sport leagues for all ages and group fitness class. Joining any of these recreation centers is a great way to expand your niche beyond Wildcat Ranch and become a part of the Kaufman County community.
Most importantly, located in the heart of Kaufman County, the Wildcat Ranch community is packed full of family-friendly amenities. The impressive Amenity Center offers parks, a Fitness Center, an expansive pool, tot lot and more. There is something for everyone! Let your furry friends run in the two dog parks. Miles of walking and biking trails weave through the neighborhood. There is even a brand-new school, Noble Reed Elementary, within walking distance of the homes.
Located just 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, this is where value meets lifestyle with floorplans hand crafted for your needs and homes priced from the $200’s. Choose from three Award-Winning Home Builders to construct your dream home; Beazer Homes, Express Homes, and Lennar. The Model Row Village is now open to tour! Discover “Life On Your Terms” at Wildcat Ranch. Sign up to learn more about this community.