Welcome to Lake Texoma
Lake Texoma is known as the “Striper Capital of the World,” one of the few reservoirs in the nation where striped bass reproduce naturally. There are plenty of other fish to catch including largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, hybrid striped bass, white crappie, black crappie, channel catfish and blue catfish.
Life is better on the water.
For more information on Lake Texoma you can visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.
Read our Top 19 Things To Do on Lake Texoma!
From the Lake Texoma marker:
Completed in 1944, Texoma today is the second largest lake in Texas and the eleventh largest reservoir in capacity in the United States. It’s main purposes are flood control, power generation, and recreation. Lake Texoma was promoted largely through the efforts of Sam Rayburn (1882-1961), noted Speaker of the House who represented district 4 in Congress for 49 years.
In normal operation, the lake shoreline covers 550 miles with the Red River Arm (45 miles) in Texas and the Washita Arm (30 miles) in Oklahoma. The waters covering 93,080 acres are impounded by the Denison dam.
When Texoma was created it caused the relocation of railroads, highways, utilities, and cemeteries. The site of Preston, historically the Red River Crossing for the Butterfield Stage, was submerged as were the sites of Hagerman and part of Cedar Mills, Texas.
In 1966, numerous recreation areas on Texoma drew 1.5 million tourists who could also visit Eisenhower State Park at the southeast end of the lake. The park was named in honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the thirty-fourth President of the United States.
Texoma is more than one of two-hundred inland lakes and reservoirs in Texas which contribute greatly to the economic and industrial growth of the state.