Man Made Lakes in Texas

Man Made Lakes in Texas
Most of the major lakes in Texas are man-made reservoirs. The majority of these lakes are found in the eastern half of the state, mainly to the south in between the woods in the northeast and the coastal bend to the south. All of the state's largest lakes are prime locations for fishing (bass and catfish are the main types available), boating and camping.

Sam Rayburn Lake

Located in the Piney Woods in East Texas near Nacogdoches, Sam Rayburn is the largest lake completely within the state. The lake has more than 600 miles of total shoreline. The lake is regularly stocked with striped and white bass, bluegill and redear for fishing. The lake also has three marinas for boating and multiple cabins, guest houses and bed-and-breakfast hotels.

Richland Chambers Lake

Richland Chambers Lake is approximately an hour south of Dallas off of Interstate 45, right next to Corsicana. The youngest lake in Texas and third largest inland lake, Richland Chambers is stocked with bass, catfish and crappie and hosts numerous annual bass fishing tournaments. The east-west stretch of the lake near Richland is believed to be the largest sailing basin within the state.

Lake Livingston

The second largest inland lake, Livingston is within the San Jacinto region north of Houston. The lake has more than 450 miles of shoreline and primarily contains catfish, bass and crappie. Several boat ramps are available along the lake near Riverside, Trinity, Blanchard and other locations. Campsites are primarily available in Lake Livingston State Park and around Wolf Creek.

Lake Lewisville

Lake Lewisville is about 40 miles north of Dallas in Denton County, located on the site of the former Lake Dallas. The lake is stocked with multiple species of bass along with catfish and crappie. The lake has four marinas at its southern end, with a fifth opening in 2010. There are several boat ramps along the lake shores and numerous boat rental and charter stores.

Article Written By Chris Moore

Chris Moore has been contributing to eHow since 2007 and is a member of the DFW Writers' Workshop. He received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas-Arlington.

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