Things to do on Lake Texoma - Texoma Connect

Things to do on Lake Texoma

Looking for fun things to do on Lake Texoma…..let us be your guide!

Here are a few ideas to help you plan your weekend get-away, vacation or family reunion.  Find places to visit near Lake Texoma, fun things to do, adventure attractions, and special youth attractions. 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.

Ski Boat

Boat Rentals and Charters

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.

Island Girl

Lake Texoma Cruises

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.

Dinner and Sunset Cruises are scheduled on Friday and Saturday nights and reservations are required.  lake Tours are available on Saturday afternoons. Other specialty cruises are scheduled throughout the year – Eagle watching early morning cruises during winter, fall foliage cruise during the autumn months, and the July 4th Fireworks cruises. Themed cruises area also very popular. Visit the Lake Texoma Activities page for dates and times.

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

The Compass Rose

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.

Texoma Sailing Club

Sailing on Lake Texoma

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.

Swim Beach Lighthouse Resort

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.

Fishing on Lake Texoma

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.  Want to know if the fishing is good?  Check out the Fishing Reports from Lake Texoma professional fishing guides.

Lake Texoma Golf Courses

Golfing on Lake Texoma

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!

Hiking Trail

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 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!

Rock Climbing at Eisenhower State Park

Rock Climbing/Bouldering

There are many areas of Lake Texoma where the shoreline gives way to jagged cliffs with caves and larger boulders, perfect for rock climbing/bouldering.  This video by Hayden Moore is Bouldering at Eisenhower State Park.

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Paddling on Lake Texoma

Explore the shoreline in a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard. Quiet coves offer plenty of opportunities to paddle around while enjoying the serene landscape. Eisenhower State Park frequently offers shoreline kayak/canoe excursions. Texoma Destinations offers a two-hour sunset paddling experience. Several Marinas around Lake Texoma offer paddling rentals.

Hydro Boarding

For those looking for a wet and wild ride, Water Wings of Texoma offers fun hydroboarding. Basically, it is a hoverboard propelled by jets of water that can thrust you up as high as 80 feet. It’s the closest thing you can get to flying over the water. Instructors will help first timers get the basics down and keep their flights at a maximum height of 10 ft. Reservations are required for individuals and groups up to 12 by calling 580.235.7667

Extreme Sandbox Construction Machinery

Extreme Sandbox

Extreme Sandbox Lake Texoma is located next to the Tangelwood Resort and Conference Center entrance.  Now you have the chance to play with the “big toys” used in construction.   Choose from individual or group packages.  Full sized Construction Equipment available at the Lake Texoma location includes The Wheel Loader, The Bulldozer,  and The Excavator.  Move dirt, smash a perfectly good car and just play like a kid again! How much fun is that!

Munson Viticulture & Encology Center

Winery Tours

Texoma’s  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 known 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

Ironroot Republic Distillery

Distillery Tours

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.

Check the Events calendar special events.  Check the Business Directory for locations and tour schedules for breweries and distilleries in the Texoma area.

Blake Shelton

Entertainment

Texoma rocks! And it is country-es, and blues-es, and acoustic-es, and bluegrass-es!  There is something about the red-dirt clay of North Texas and Southern Oklahoma that seems to produce outstanding singers, songwriters, and musicians.  Home to Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Stoney LaRue and others, live music is just a way of life around here.   

You’ll find national recording artist and local bands at area night clubs and event centers in the Lake Texoma area on the weekends and jam sessions during the week.  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

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. 

Shuttle to WinStar Casino Resort departs Dallas

Texoma Casinos

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.

Arcade Choctaw Casino

The District at Choctaw

The District at Choctaw Casino Resort is fun for the entire family!  Arcade, Bowling Center, Laser Tag Arena, Cinema, food court, concessions and sports bar.

Schulmlan’s MBG

Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille is the newest indoor attraction. Located in Sherman, TX the indoor entertainment hub features a movie theater, bowling alley, video arcade and rock climbing. Guests can also check out the axe-throwing area. What you can expect is a full range of activities and a full day of attractions for the entire family to be together.

Frank Buck Zoo

Kids Korner

If the kiddos get bored, take a little day trip to interesting places with fun activities for all ages. The Kids Korner has lots of ideas for fun family adventures. The Youth Activity calendar is a great resource for special events, classes, workshops, and things to do.

Mary Karam Art Gallery

Shopping

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 theaters, 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.

Hagerman NWR visitor center

Places to Visit

Texoma is home to 2 national wildlife refuges, 2 state parks, dozens of museums, and historical landmarks. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge has tram tours on Saturday afternoons. The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site showcases the home where the 34th U.S. President Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower was born in 1890.

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