O. H. Ivie Lake

On a hot summer day in the northern Hill Country region of Texas, Lake Ivie is an ideal place to be. Officially named O.H.Ivie Reservoir, the waters are commonly called Lake Ivie among the locals. The original name was Stacy…

Lake Waxahachie

Texas Bluebonnets Near Waxahachie

One of many reservoirs in the Texas Prairies and Lakes Region, Lake Waxahachie was constructed to provide a municipal water supply to the nearby City of Waxahachie. Small by reservoir standards, the 656-acre reservoir still manages to provide plenty of…

Lake Carlton

Lake Carlton Winter Landscape

One small lake in Southeastern Oklahoma, Lake Carlton provides a giant-sized helping of recreational opportunities. Not to be confused with larger Carlton Lake west of Oklahoma City, this Kiamichi Country reservoir was built in the 1930s expressly to provide recreational…

Fenton Lake

Jemez Mountains Golden Aspens

Tucked away in the Jemez Mountains of Northwest New Mexico, little Fenton Lake carries a large part of the recreational opportunities in the area. Less than 40 acres in size, Fenton Lake is known by lucky New Mexico campers and…

Lake O’ the Pines

For many people in the Texas Piney Woods region, ‘let’s go to the lake!’ means Lake O’ The Pines. This extraordinary reservoir was built primarily for flood control and water supply, but recreation quickly claimed a spot near the front…

Brantley Lake

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

No place in Southeast New Mexico represents water recreation like Brantley Lake. The relatively new reservoir has a state park along its shores, complete with campground, day use area and two boat ramps. The desert surroundings of Brantley Lake State…

Lake Arlington

Lake Arlington Summer Sunset

Located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Lake Arlington does double duty for the citizens of the metro-plex. Originally planned for flood control and water supply, Lake Arlington quickly became a favored local fishing and boating destination. Several small gated communities…

Lavon Lake

Lake Lavon Vista

Lavon Lake holds a special spot in the affections of residents northeast of Dallas. The reservoir, located on the East Fork of the Trinity River in the Prairies and Lakes region, does double-duty by providing flood control and water supply…

Lake Cleburne

Lake Cleburne Summer

Lake Cleburne does far more than provide water for the City of Cleburne, Texas. The reservoir in the Prairies and Lakes region also provides local residents and visitors with recreational opportunities and some great bass fishing. Texas reservoirs are well-known…

Lake Limestone

Lake Limestone Sunset

One of the best-kept secret destinations in the Prairies and Lakes Region of Texas is Lake Limestone. The reservoir was created in 1978 when the Brazos River Authority built the Sterling C. Robinson Dam across the Navasota River. Originally built…

Possum Kingdom Lake

Possum Kingdon Lake Observation Point

One of the most amusing names in lake recreation has to be Possum Kingdom Lake in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas. Often called simply PK, the reservoir has been termed the best man-made lake in Texas, in Kirk…

Eagle Mountain Lake

View from Eagle Mountain Lake Park

Eagle Mountain Lake was created to alleviate two contradictory problems: periodic flooding along the Trinity River and a looming water shortage in Fort Worth. One of a series of flood control dams built by the United States Army Corps of…

Navajo Lake NM

Navajo Lake Houseboats

Navajo Lake offers a surprising and welcome expanse of water in northwestern New Mexico. The 15,600-acre reservoir stretches north into southwest Colorado, offering recreational opportunities to a large number of visitors and local residents. Two large state parks grace its…

Benbrook Lake

Rainbow Over Benbrook Dam

Sprawled along the Clear Fork branch of the Trinity River in the Texas Prairies and Lakes region, Benbrook Lake works hard to improve the quality of life for area residents and visitors. The 3800-acre reservoir was created by the US…

Caballo Lake

Caballo Lake Shoreline

One of the little-known treasures in New Mexico’s Southwest region is Caballo Lake. This 11,000-acre reservoir along the Rio Grande River escapes the notice paid to its popular nearby neighbor Elephant Butte Lake, but offers all of the natural beauty,…