Things to do on Lake Texoma activity guide
Texoma Connect has compiled this Things to do on Lake Texoma activity guide to help you plan your weekend get-away, vacation or family reunion. Be sure to connect with the Business Directory for a complete list of service providers. Visit the Events Calendar for scheduled activities, events, concerts and other special happenings.
Boat Rentals and Charter Services –
A Lake Texoma vacation wouldn’t be complete without a little play time on the water! Water taxi services will whisk you away to the Islands for an afternoon of frolicking on the beach, or rent a tow boat and ski, tube or water board in the big waters.
Slow things down a bit and rent a pontoon or houseboat for lazy cruising around the shorelines. Make it easy and charter a boat to take you to on a private cruise or anchor up at quiet cove for splashing around in the water – the captain does all the work, you get to play.
Want a little more action? Rent a jet ski and zip around the lake and jump the waves. See the Business Directory for boat, jet ski and wake board rentals.
Take a Cruise
Lake Texoma is famous for its beautiful sunsets and what better way to enjoy the spectacular setting of the sun than with a dinner cruise aboard the Island Girl.
These cruises are usually scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights and reservations are required. Other specialty cruises are scheduled throughout the year – Eagle watching early morning cruises during winter and fall foliage cruise during the autumn months.
Private charter services are also available for afternoon get-always to a quite cove or touring the lake. Walk to a different beat and float on the Red River. See the Business Directory for charter services, water taxi, shuttle service and boat rentals
Sail aboard a Pirate Ship
Docked at Grandpappy Marina, the Compass Rose is a 1800’s all wooden brigantine ship that has plied the oceans, sailed alongside other tall ships, been in movies, documentaries, books and song. Visit and you become part of her lore!
Dock tours, moonlight sails, day sails and private sails are available.
For scheduled sails, see the Events calendar
Lake Texoma is especially suited to sailing with points of interest 25 miles apart and 90,000 acres of water, you will often see vessels suitable for ocean waters.
Sailing racing events are held from March to October with the Lakefest Regatta being the most popular, drawing hundreds of sailors to Lake Texoma each year.
You don’t have to be a sailor to join in the fun – watching the races and the parties are open to all.
Get in the swim
Lake Texoma has miles of shoreline with beautiful beaches. Stroll along water’s edge, build sand castles, splash in the water or get a beach volleyball game going. Remember, this is a LAKE not a swimming pool. The bottom is uneven, underbrush not visible from the surface and sudden drop-offs can present dangerous situations. Life jackets for all ages are recommended when in the water. It is very important to use the buddy system – especially for children.
Several resorts have swimming pools, fitness centers and spas.
Waterloo Pool in Denison is open year round. The Splash water park, Gainesville and Whitesboro pools are open June, July and August.
Love to fish?
Lake Texoma is known as the Striper Capital and for good reason. It is one of the few lakes where these fish spawn naturally and they get really, really big! It is rod bending line zinging time when one of these monsters takes your bait and the fight is on! Lake Texoma is also well known for small and largemouth black bass, crappie and catfish. If you are not familiar with the lake, we suggest a guided fishing trip.
This is a big lake and professional fishing guides know where the fish are most likely to be and what type of bait works best for the season. At the end of the day they fillet the fish and bag them for you so don’t forget an ice chest to take your “catch” home.
Most guides offer some type of guarantee.
A golfing paradise
Wherever you stay on Lake Texoma there is a golf course close by!
Designed by well-known designers like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicholas among others, these courses challenge golfers of all levels of experience.
Love to golf and fish? Ask about golfing and fishing combo packages!
Enjoy the great outdoors
Lake Texoma State parks and nature centers have hiking, biking, multi-use and equestrian trails for exploring nature and enjoying the great outdoors.
These areas are perfect for birding and nature photography so be sure to bring your camera or smart phone along and wear good sturdy shoes. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge has an electric tram that runs on Wed., Saturday and Sunday if you don’t want to stomp around the prairie. Bring the binoculars or borrow some from the refuge.
Stroll the beaches in search or fossils or try your hand at geocaching. Lake Texoma has something for everyone who loves the great outdoors!
Vineyard Tours and Wine Tastings
Our French Connection began when the Munson Family Vineyards sent root stock to France to save their vineyards. Tours and wine tastings of the local vineyards are fun, interesting and educational.
The Munson Memorial Vineyard is open for tours and is part of the Grayson College Viticulture and Enology Center -one of the best know educational facilities in the country.
There are twelve wineries on the Munson Wine Trail. Many are open to visitors, have tasting facilities and tours. All are within easy driving distance of Lake Texoma
Distillery Tours and Tastings
The Texoma region is well on it’s way to becoming world-renowned for its excellence in wine, brewing and distillation, as well as ancillary industries in viticulture and fermentation.
These unique operations make up the craft beverage industry, and Grayson College will build upon its international reputation to become known as “The Texas Center of Excellence for Viticulture & Fermentation Sciences,” which will include the existing T.V. Munson Research Vineyard and proposed new Winery.
Each community boast their own small boutiques for your shopping pleasure – clothing, hand crafted jewelry, home and garden accessories and more! Stroll along historic downtown main streets in search of the unique. Art Galleries nestled beside antique shops, restaurants, historic theatres, and clothing boutiques offer a great day of shopping in Texoma.
Sherman Town Center at the intersection of Hwy 82 and Hwy 75 in Sherman is the largest regional mall with many department stores, specialty shops and restaurants.
To the west, Gainesville is home to a large outlet mall on Hwy 35 just north of the city – a mecca for the bargain hunter in all of us.
Fun at the Casino
Southern Oklahoma Casinos offer the best in electronic games, table games and bingo only minutes from Lake Texoma. Watch world class poker tournaments or try your hand at the slots.
You’ll also find an assortment of entertainment and dining options that will satisfy any palate – try the Toby Keith’s bar and grill or Gilley’s – both offer great food and lively entertainment. Choctaw Casino and WinStar bring nationally recognized entertainment to the Lake Texoma area.
Some of the resorts offer shuttle services but be sure to arrange for these in advance. Texoma Casino in Kingston, Oklahoma, only minutes from Lake Texoma. Texoma Casino has over 300 gaming machines in an 8,500 sq. ft. facility.
Tuesday thru Sunday, local nightclubs offer up a vast array of live musical experiences in Bar and Grill atmospheres that are casual and fun.
The Texoma area is also home to a number of Bluegrass, Gospel, Rock and Country music festivals. Be sure to check the Music Calendar to find music festivals and other entertainment events. The Live Music Calendar has a lineup of who will be performing in the Lake Texoma area.
The Casinos bring in top recording artist to their Event Centers, lounges and sports bars.
Summer Concerts in Gainesville, Denison and Sherman are free family friendly outdoor events held during
June and July. Bring your lawn chair and sit back to enjoy some of the best in music as local, regional and national singers, songwriters and musicians take the stage.
Take the Polar Bear Plunge in February or scoot your boots in October, Run for the Hills through a down and dirty obstacle course in May, or watch fireworks on the water in July.
Texoma folks love to have fun and there are special events happening every month and celebrations for every season. Be sure to check the Special Events Calendar for dates, location and times.
Just for kids (parents you are invited too!)
Texoma Connect has also compiled a huge list of things that kids love to do while in the Lake Texoma Area. Be sure to stop by the Kids Korner for fun ideas for young children thru teens.