Minnesota is known as the state with 10,000 lakes, but you might be surprised to learn that Texas actually is home to more lakes. Even more surprising, perhaps, is that out of all those lakes in Texas, only one is natural. All but Caddo Lake in Texas is the result of the efforts of men to create natural reservoirs in this mostly arid state. Many of the lakes in Texas are highly desirable places to get in some water recreation such as swimming, fishing and boating.
Located 14 miles northeast of Marshall, Caddo Lake spans 35,400 acres. The Spanish Moss that hangs over the lake from the ancient cypress trees gives much of the lake a pleasantly eerie effect. Caddo Lake is an excellent place for canoeing and there is a nice 2.5 mile hiking trail nearby, too.
Lake O' the Pines
Located 17 miles from Jefferson, Lake O' the Pines is beautifully framed by pines and hardwood trees. The best time to head there is during autumn when the leaves turn so brilliantly they rival anything in New England. The lake is 18,000 acres and primed for fishing for bass, swimming, sailing and skiing.
Lake Texoma is a huge lake found along the Texas/Oklahoma border. The lake spans 89,000 acres and is a reservoir created by damming the Red River. There are 50 parks around this lake, which offers endless recreation including fishing, boating and swimming.
Named after President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lake LBJ is one of the popular highland lakes. Located in Llano County, the lake is very popular for the water sports and recreation that it provides. Among the fish that can be caught here include varieties of bass, as well as crappie and bluegill. You can also get in some sailing and hit the jet skis.
Lake Sam Rayburn
This lake has over 500 miles of shoreline and draws anglers looking to reel in bass and catfish. Sawmill Hiking Trail is a nearby 5.5 mile long trail that takes you along the Neches River. This trail reveals the remains of an old logging camp and several old bridges.
Another huge Texas lake that provides a wealth of recreational activities, Lake Amistad is a great place for those visiting south Texas. Texas and Mexico are the lake's boundaries, and you can get fishing permits from both countries. Lake Amistad is popular with campers and those looking to fish, as wells as boaters and those taking a day trip for a picnic.