Best lakes in Dallas

Check out the top lakes in Dallas, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. White Rock Lake
1. White Rock Lake
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205 local reviews
White Rock Lake, Dallas
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Aesha
White Rock Lake is a 1,015 acre city lake located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. White…
Debi
Drive around, speed limit 5mph, the lake and absorb the beautiful scenic piece of nature in the busy city of…
Tracy
White Rock Lake is surrounded by a ten mile walking biking path, so many beautiful trees and fields with…
1. White Rock Lake
1. White Rock Lake
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205 local reviews
White Rock Lake, Dallas
Aesha
Aesha
White Rock Lake is a 1,015 acre city lake located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. White Rock is one of the most heavily…
Debi
Debi
Drive around, speed limit 5mph, the lake and absorb the beautiful scenic piece of nature in the busy city of Dallas. Ride a rental bike for…
Tracy
Tracy
White Rock Lake is surrounded by a ten mile walking biking path, so many beautiful trees and fields with picnic areas, sailboats, and…
2. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
2. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
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207 local reviews
8525 Garland Rd, Dallas
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 214-515-6615
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Tracy
The Arboretum is a gorgeous garden on the Lake, with lovely views and lots of quiet spots to sit and read, or…
Aesha
66 Acres in size, the arboretum is a series of gardens and fountains with a view of the lake and the downtown…
Jan
Inspiring! It is situated on a bank overlooking White Rock Lake. It is a wonderful spot to visit. You can walk…
2. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
2. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
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207 local reviews
8525 Garland Rd, Dallas
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 214-515-6615
Tracy
Tracy
The Arboretum is a gorgeous garden on the Lake, with lovely views and lots of quiet spots to sit and read, or draw, or picnic with friends…
Aesha
Aesha
66 Acres in size, the arboretum is a series of gardens and fountains with a view of the lake and the downtown Dallas skyline. According to…
Jan
Jan
Inspiring! It is situated on a bank overlooking White Rock Lake. It is a wonderful spot to visit. You can walk from the home and be sure to…
3. Grapevine Lake
3. Grapevine Lake
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26 local reviews
Grapevine Lake
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Jeanne
Locally known as Grape Lake, Grapevine Lake is an American reservoir located in the North Texas region,…
Robin
With a sprawling 8,000 acres, Lake Grapevine is a center for boating, water-skiing, wind surfing, fishing and…
Doug & Lisa
We are within walking distance of Grapevine Lake (about 1.5 miles). Many beautiful parks and some great…
3. Grapevine Lake
3. Grapevine Lake
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26 local reviews
Grapevine Lake
Jeanne
Jeanne
Locally known as Grape Lake, Grapevine Lake is an American reservoir located in the North Texas region, approximately 20 mi (32 km)…
Robin
Robin
With a sprawling 8,000 acres, Lake Grapevine is a center for boating, water-skiing, wind surfing, fishing and camping. With a beautiful…
Doug & Lisa
Doug & Lisa
We are within walking distance of Grapevine Lake (about 1.5 miles). Many beautiful parks and some great hiking/biking trails. You can also…
4. White Rock Paddle Co.
4. White Rock Paddle Co.
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10 local reviews
389 East Lawther Drive, Dallas
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 469-888-0620
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David
Rent a kayak, canoe, or stand up and paddle board from these folks. With almost 1,100 acres of water with…
Andrew
Canoe, Kayak and stand up paddle board rentals for fun and to take in the beautiful views of White Rock Lake…
Crystal And Richard
Rent Kyak's for a spin around white rock lake with nice views of the city skyline, also a great area for…
4. White Rock Paddle Co.
4. White Rock Paddle Co.
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10 local reviews
389 East Lawther Drive, Dallas
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 469-888-0620
David
David
Rent a kayak, canoe, or stand up and paddle board from these folks. With almost 1,100 acres of water with only non-motored boats found on…
Andrew
Andrew
Canoe, Kayak and stand up paddle board rentals for fun and to take in the beautiful views of White Rock Lake and the Dallas skyline.
Crystal And Richard
Crystal And Richard
Rent Kyak's for a spin around white rock lake with nice views of the city skyline, also a great area for picnicking.
5. Glass Cactus
5. Glass Cactus
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11 local reviews
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Bryan And Kim
A large wrap around balcony offers amazing views of Lake Grapevine and sunsets! This is a serious music venue…
Kami
The Glass Cactus is located right on lake Grapevine. Beautiful views and super fun club.
Robin
Located on Grapevine Lake with beautiful views on the outdoor patio. Always a good time!
5. Glass Cactus
5. Glass Cactus
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11 local reviews
Bryan And Kim
Bryan And Kim
A large wrap around balcony offers amazing views of Lake Grapevine and sunsets! This is a serious music venue. Large dance floor and several…
Kami
Kami
The Glass Cactus is located right on lake Grapevine. Beautiful views and super fun club.
Robin
Robin
Located on Grapevine Lake with beautiful views on the outdoor patio. Always a good time!
6. Joe Pool Lake
6. Joe Pool Lake
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15 local reviews
Joe Pool Lake
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Brandon & Courtney
Boat launches available for the public to use. The Oasis is a good place to eat on Joe Pool Lake and look out…
Marcos
The lake is close by and you can do everything there... Fishing, canoeing, boating, restaurants & marina.
Jessica
Scenic Trail and nice lake to swim or more activities.
6. Joe Pool Lake
6. Joe Pool Lake
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15 local reviews
Joe Pool Lake
Brandon & Courtney
Brandon & Courtney
Boat launches available for the public to use. The Oasis is a good place to eat on Joe Pool Lake and look out over the water.
Marcos
Marcos
The lake is close by and you can do everything there... Fishing, canoeing, boating, restaurants & marina.
Jessica
Jessica
Scenic Trail and nice lake to swim or more activities.
7. Cedar Hill State Park
7. Cedar Hill State Park
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17 local reviews
1570 Farm to Market Road 1382, Cedar Hill
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 972-291-3900
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Kristin
My favorite hiking trail loop in North Texas! A short 20 minute drive away where you can opt in to the 4…
Phyllis
A great state park within a 15 drive. Lake, picnic tables, kayak rental in the summer, extensive off road…
Oliver
It’s very nice and and great area to enjoy the outdoors. Lake and access to park shortly 4 miles from my…
7. Cedar Hill State Park
7. Cedar Hill State Park
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17 local reviews
1570 Farm to Market Road 1382, Cedar Hill
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 972-291-3900
Kristin
Kristin
My favorite hiking trail loop in North Texas! A short 20 minute drive away where you can opt in to the 4 mile, 8 mile, or 16 mile loop. …
Phyllis
Phyllis
A great state park within a 15 drive. Lake, picnic tables, kayak rental in the summer, extensive off road bicycling tracks.
Oliver
Oliver
It’s very nice and and great area to enjoy the outdoors. Lake and access to park shortly 4 miles from my location.
8. Santa Fe Trail
8. Santa Fe Trail
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8 local reviews
Santa Fe Trail, Dallas
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Vivian
From the loft take bike lanes going east on Main st. You'll eventually get to the trail that loops around…
Kristin
Just outside my front door (and to the right a block. Runs all the way to downtown and to to the lake in the…
Jan
Great place to get exercise and get back to nature as well. Connects in 3 miles to White Rock lake
8. Santa Fe Trail
8. Santa Fe Trail
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8 local reviews
Santa Fe Trail, Dallas
Vivian
Vivian
From the loft take bike lanes going east on Main st. You'll eventually get to the trail that loops around White Rock Lake - a 25+ mile…
Kristin
Kristin
Just outside my front door (and to the right a block. Runs all the way to downtown and to to the lake in the other direction.
Jan
Jan
Great place to get exercise and get back to nature as well. Connects in 3 miles to White Rock lake
9. White Rock Lake Trail
9. White Rock Lake Trail
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9 local reviews
White Rock Lake Trail, Dallas
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Scenic views of the lake while you ride your bike, run, or have a picnic. You can get to it from the Sante Fe…
Steven
This is where you can view downtown Dallas while having a nice view of the lake. Sunsets are lovely as well.
Sandy
Walk or ride a bike around the entire lake. Picnic in one of the many parks along the way.
9. White Rock Lake Trail
9. White Rock Lake Trail
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9 local reviews
White Rock Lake Trail, Dallas
Mich
Scenic views of the lake while you ride your bike, run, or have a picnic. You can get to it from the Sante Fe trail entrance just few steps…
Steven
Steven
This is where you can view downtown Dallas while having a nice view of the lake. Sunsets are lovely as well.
Sandy
Sandy
Walk or ride a bike around the entire lake. Picnic in one of the many parks along the way.
10. Lewisville Lake
10. Lewisville Lake
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10 local reviews
Lewisville Lake
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Ingrid
Beautiful lake only 10 minutes away, to kayak, rent a boat, a jet-ski or just camp out.
Linda & Paul
In the lake area there are water activities for kids, hiking trails, and picnic areas.
Sophie
Great lake to fish, rent boats, kayak, watersky, camp, etc.
10. Lewisville Lake
10. Lewisville Lake
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10 local reviews
Lewisville Lake
Ingrid
Ingrid
Beautiful lake only 10 minutes away, to kayak, rent a boat, a jet-ski or just camp out.
Linda & Paul
Linda & Paul
In the lake area there are water activities for kids, hiking trails, and picnic areas.
Sophie
Sophie
Great lake to fish, rent boats, kayak, watersky, camp, etc.
11. The Oasis at Joe Pool Lake
11. The Oasis at Joe Pool Lake
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7 local reviews
5700 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
(817) 640-7676
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Philip
You can also rent boats on Joe Pool Lake. And, you can feed the crazy giant swarming Carp.
Mike & Adriana
Great place for Lunch or Dinner Spring through Fall overlooking Joe Pool lake.
Brandon & Courtney
The Oasis is a good place to eat on Joe Pool Lake and look out over the water.
11. The Oasis at Joe Pool Lake
11. The Oasis at Joe Pool Lake
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7 local reviews
5700 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
(817) 640-7676
Philip
Philip
You can also rent boats on Joe Pool Lake. And, you can feed the crazy giant swarming Carp.
Mike & Adriana
Mike & Adriana
Great place for Lunch or Dinner Spring through Fall overlooking Joe Pool lake.
Brandon & Courtney
Brandon & Courtney
The Oasis is a good place to eat on Joe Pool Lake and look out over the water.
12. Lake Cliff Park
12. Lake Cliff Park
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7 local reviews
300 East Colorado Boulevard, Dallas
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 972-963-0513
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Jeff & Kathi
Baseball Field, Drinking Fountain, Garden Areas, Grill, Lake / Pond, Outdoor Basketball Court, Outdoor…
Robb
Once an amusement park, Lake Cliff is a nice place to walk.
Monica
Beautiful picnic area, lake, walking trails
12. Lake Cliff Park
12. Lake Cliff Park
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7 local reviews
300 East Colorado Boulevard, Dallas
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 972-963-0513
Jeff & Kathi
Jeff & Kathi
Baseball Field, Drinking Fountain, Garden Areas, Grill, Lake / Pond, Outdoor Basketball Court, Outdoor Restroom, Pavilion, Picnic Tables,…
Robb
Robb
Once an amusement park, Lake Cliff is a nice place to walk.
Monica
Monica
Beautiful picnic area, lake, walking trails