At Cedar Creek Lake

Texas is an very large state and is split into regions.  I'm going to concentrate this page about the Prairies & Lakes Region of Texas.  There are many lakes here.  Most of our lakes in Texas are man made lakes.  Cedar Creek Lake is located in the Prairies & Lakes area of East Texas.  

Cedar Creek Lake is located:

  • From Dallas - 55 miles
  • From Tyler - 56 miles
  • From Houston - 218 miles
  • From Austin - 205 miles


Where is Cedar Creek Lake?


About Cedar Creek Lake:

Cedar Creek Lake was constructed between 1961 and 1965 and is the fourth largest lake in Texas.  The lake has 320 miles of shoreline, is 18 miles long, 18.5 miles wide and includes 32,623 acres.  The lake elevations is 322 feet above sea level and fluctuation is 4 feet and the maximum depth is 53 feet.  Tarrant Regional Water District is the reservoir controlling authority.  The lake supplies water to Forth Worth, Arlington, and other cities and water districts.  


Cedar Creek Lake is one of the few lakes in Texas that allows home ownership on the waterfront with a boathouse.  The lake is a favorite for fishing, boating and jet skiing.  Fishing is a great past time at the lake.  The predominant fish are Largemouth Bass, White & Hybrid Striped Bass, Blue Channel, Flathead Catfish and Crappie.


The lake is the centerpiece of numerous small towns surrounding the lake.  These small towns collectively account for over 50,000 permanent residents.  The population grows substantially during the summer months and holiday weekends.  Residents and visitors alike will find ample retail shopping, restaurants, country clubs and entertainment. Excellent schools and an abundant choice of church affiliations round out a complete package.


There are plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy such as:


Glorious Sunsets


Water skiing 





Cedar Creek Veterans "Thunder" on July 4th


and more.



For those folks who what to know what else there is to do in the Cedar Creek Lake area, keep reading.  East Texas offers many fun filled choices to keep everyone busy.  


The Cedar Creek Lake is the #1 choice for entertainment with boating, jet skiing, water skiing, fishing, birdwatching, and amazing sunrises and sunsets.


The East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society located in Athens (20 miles away) is a 100-acre arboretum featuring walking trails, bluebird trail, suspension bridge, historic Wofford House museum, water gardens and native Texas plantings.  The Arboretum is open daily.  

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is an innovative complex with more than 300,000 gallons of aquarium exhibits and visitors can see nearly every major species of freshwater fish found in Texas in its natural habitat.  You can even fish and they supply everything you need.  Hours are Tuesday through Sunday.

New York, Texas is right around the corner from Athens.  For the thrill of your life try ziplining through the hills and trees of East Texas at NY-TX Zipline Adventures.  Work your way through six ziplines and finish on the grandaddy of ziplines, the longest (900 ft, when I went) zipline in Texas.

Canton Trade Days is a must see.  Once a month from Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday, Canton turns into one of the largest marketplaces.  Anything and everything can be found in Canton from antiques, knick knacks, food, clothing, collectibles, furniture, and animals of every kind.

Our area has a winery called Tara Winery located off of Highway 175 right outside of Eustace and Athens. Step back in time and pretend you are visiting "Gone With The Wind".  Tara Winery is a popular wine stop, entertainment and Bed & Breakfast.  When the weather is nice on the weekends, you can have a gourmet dinner and listen to live music on the patio.  While there, pick up a nice bottle of Texas Blanc de Bois or Angel's Kiss and walk through the vineyard.

Purtis Creek State Park is a 1,533 acre park with a 355-acre lake.  The lake was stocked with Florida largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegills, shad, and red-ear sunfish.  Purtis Creek is a catch and release lake.  Campsites with water and electricity; water only campsites; primitive campsites (minimum 1/2 mile hike); an overflow camping area; a covered group pavilion; lighted fishing piers; fish-cleaning shelters; boat ramps; courtesy docks; picnic sites; and a playground.  The park rents paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes. There are periodic interactive programs and tours.  

Edom is a quaint, artsy little-kind-of town off of Highway 175 towards Tyler.  Motorcycle enthusiasts love riding their motorcycles through the winding roads and stopping off at The Shed for brunch.  Their pies are AMAZING.  There are artist galleries in the community along with a great garden nursery.  Right before you get into Edom you will find the Blueberry Farms.  You can pick your own, or shop at your leisure in their store and buy some very tasty blueberries and blueberry products.  Edom is host to a couple of art festivals held in April and October every year.  


There are many other activities to keep you busy in East Texas.  Simply go to the Convention & Visitors Bureau websites to see all the many places to visit in Texas.