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Up On Your Feet

As with a lot of things, the hardest part is getting started. For beginning water skiers, getting out of the water can feel like solving a physics problem while being jerked by a boat, but once they get it figured out, the glorious thrill of gliding across a Texas lake awaits them.

Texas has 5,607 square miles of inland water, ranking it first among the 48 contiguous states, according to the U.S. Statistical Abstract. That’s a lot of water. Grab your skis!

Ray Roberts Lake (north of Dallas-Fort Worth) has 28,646 surface acres to explore, making it one of the top water-skiing destinations in North Texas. Ray Roberts Lake State Park’s two main units have boat ramps; six satellite units of the park have ramps as well. You can be on the lake in no time, feeling the spray of water and the wind in your hair. 

You’ll need a boat, skis and other equipment. There are lots of variations you’ll see on the water beyond the standard two-ski setup: slalom skiing, barefoot skiing, wakeboarding, wake-surfing, tubing and more. 

If it sounds daunting, just remember: The hardest part is getting started.

Slow Down

There’s plenty to do at Ray Roberts Lake State Park even if you don’t get out on the main body of the lake.


 Earl Nottingham | TPWD

Explore the Greenbelt

The 20-mile multiuse Greenbelt Corridor runs along the Trinity River from Ray Roberts Lake to Lake Lewisville. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are allowed.


 Earl Nottingham | TPWD

Stay the Night

Set up your tent or RV at a campsite, many with lake views, or book a room at the Lone Star Lodge.


 Earl Nottingham | TPWD

Get Wet

Splash in the water at one of the beach areas, or try your luck at fishing. Largemouth bass, catfish and crappie are popular targets.

Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Isle du Bois Unit
  100 PW 4137, Pilot Point, TX 76258

Johnson Branch Unit
  100 PW 4153, Valley View, TX 76272

  Admission fee $7; Kids 12 & under free


  (940) 686-2148

  (940) 637-2294

Passes reserved online or by phone are recommended.

 Russell Roe   Top: Earl Nottingham | TPWD

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