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Things To Do Around Lake Texoma

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Kayaking - Paddle boarding & Sailing Classes

Each Saturday, University of Texoma presents their water activity classes at Lighthouse Resort and Marina. Classes are $5 per person per course and last approximately 1 hour.  You will receive your official University of Texoma diploma as well as a voucher good for $5 off your next water toy rental at Lighthouse Fuel-dock. All ages welcome! Please call (903) 361-8500 to reserve your spot. Weather and wind permitting!

Classes Available:

10am - 11am- Join us for a fun-filled Basic Kayaking class. University of Texoma Instructors will teach you how to safely and comfortably kayak.

12pm - 1pm - Experience the excitement and relaxation Stand Up Paddleboard class. University of Texoma Instructors will teach you how to safely and comfortably use a Hobie DuraSUP Stand Up Paddleboard. 

2pm - 3pm - Want to learn how to sail? We offer a 1 hour introductory course to teach you how to sail our Hobie Cats for per person. 

ski boatBoat Rentals and Charter Services –

A Lake Texoma vacation wouldn’t be complete without a little play time on the water!   Water taxi services will whisk you away to the Islands for an afternoon of frolicking on the beach, or rent a tow boat and ski, tube or water board in the big waters.  Slow things down a bit and rent a pontoon or houseboat for lazy cruising around the shorelines.  Make it easy and charter a boat to take you to on a private cruise or anchor up at quiet cove for splashing around in the water – the captain does all the work, you get to play. Want a little more action?  Rent a jet ski and zip around the lake and jump the waves.

Island Girl YachtSunset Cruise

Lake Texoma is famous for its beautiful sunsets and what better way to enjoy the spectacular setting of the sun than with a dinner cruise aboard the Island Girl.  These cruises are usually scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights and reservations are required.  Other specialty cruises are scheduled throughout the year – Eagle watching early morning cruises during winter and fall foliage cruise during the autumn months.

Striper fishing on Lake TexomaLove to fish?

Lake Texoma is known as the Striper Capital and for good reason.  It is one of the few lakes where these fish spawn naturally and they get really, really big!  It is rod bending line zinging time when one of these monsters takes your bait and the fight is on!  Lake Texoma is also well known for small and largemouth black bass, crappie and catfish.  If you are not familiar with the lake, we suggest a guided fishing trip.  This is a big lake and professional fishing guides know where the fish are most likely to be and what type of bait works best for the season.  Most guides offer some type of guarantee.

Buncomb Creek Golfl courseA golfing paradise

Wherever you stay on Lake Texoma there is a golf course close by.  Designed by well-known designers like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicholas among others, these courses challenge golfers of all levels of experience.

Eisenhower State Park signEnjoy the great outdoors 

Lake Texoma State parks and nature centers have hiking, biking, multi-use and equestrian trails for exploring nature and enjoying the great outdoors.  These areas are perfect for birding and nature photography so be sure to bring your camera or smart phone along with good sturdy shoes.  Stroll the beaches in search or fossils or try your hand at geocaching.  Lake Texoma has something for everyone who loves the great outdoors!

Hagerman tramVisit a Wildlife Refuge

Lake Texoma is home to two Wildlife Refuge areas - perfect for birding, photography, hiking or just observing nature.  Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge offers opportunities to learn more about the wildlife in the area with  Second Saturday events, Youth First events, photography club and tram tours thru the refuge.  Bring your binoculars - the Lake Texoma area is on the migratory route for birds and monarch butterflies.. 

Pretty beachGet in the swim

Lake Texoma has miles of shoreline with beautiful beaches.  Stroll along water’s edge, build sand castles, splash in the water or get a beach volleyball game going.  Remember, this is a LAKE not a swimming pool.  The bottom is uneven, underbrush not visible from the surface and sudden drop-offs can present dangerous situations.  Life jackets for all ages are recommended when in the water. It is very important to use the buddy system – especially for children. Several resorts have swimming pools, fitness centers and spas.  Waterloo Pool in Denison is open year round.  The Splash water park, Gainesville and Whitesboro pools are open June, July and August.

Munson wine Trail mapVineyard Tours and Wine Tastings

Our French Connection began when the Munson Family Vineyards sent root stock to France to save their vineyards.  Tours and wine tastings of the local vineyards are fun, interesting and educational.  The Munson Memorial Vineyard is open for tours and is part of the Grayson College Viticulture and Enology Center -one of the best know educational facilities in the country.  There are twelve wineries on the Munson Wine Trail.  Many are open to visitors, have tasting facilities and tours.  All are within easy driving distance of Lake Texoma

Iron Root Distillery logoDistillery Tours and Tastings

The Texoma area has recently become home to several craft beverage distilleries. Tours of their facilities, tastings and special events are available. 

SailboatsSail Away

Lake Texoma is especially suited to sailing with points of interest 25 miles apart and 90,000 acres of water, you will often see vessels suitable for ocean waters.  Sailing racing events are held from March to October with the Lakefest Regatta being the most popular, drawing hundreds of sailors to Lake Texoma each year.  You don’t have to be a sailor to join in the fun – watching the races and the parties are open to all.

The Compass RoseTour a Pirate Ship

Docked at Grandpappy Marina, the Compass Rose is a 1800's all wooden brigantine  ship that has plied the oceans, sailed alongside other tall ships been in movies, documentaries, books and song. Visit and you become part of her lore!  Dock tours, moonlight sails, day sails and private sails are available.


Home decorShopping

Each community boast their own small boutiques for your shopping pleasure - clothing, hand crafted jewelry, home and garden accessories and more!  Stroll along historic downtown main streets in search of the unique.  Art Galleries nestled beside antique shops, restaurants, historic theatres, and clothing boutiques offer a great day of shopping in Texoma.

Sherman Town Center at the intersection of Hwy 82 and Hwy 75 in Sherman is the largest regional mall with many department stores, specialty shops and restaurants. To the west, Gainesville is home to a large outlet mall on Hwy 35 just north of the city – a mecca for the bargain hunter in all of us.

Poker handSlots, table games, food and fun at the Casino

Oklahoma Casinos offer the best in electronic games, table games and bingo.  You’ll also find an assortment of entertainment and dining options that will satisfy any palate.  Some of the resorts offer shuttle services but be sure to arrange for these in advance.

Bluerock BandEntertainment

Wednesdays thru Sunday, local nightclubs  offer up a vast array of live musical experiences in Bar and Grill atmospheres that are casual and fun.  The Texoma area is also home to a number of Bluegrass, Gospel, Rock and Country music festivals.  The Casinos bring in top recording artist to their Event Centers, lounges and sports bars. Summer Concerts in Gainesville, Denison and Sherman are free family friendly outdoor events held during June and July.

Boot Scootin BallSpecial Events

Take the Polar Bear Plunge in February or scoot your boots in October, Run for the Hills through a down and dirty obstacle course in May, or watch fireworks on the water in July.  Texomas love to have fun and there are special events happening every month.  Be sure to check the Lake Activities Calendar, Kids Korner Activity Calendar and Special Events Calendar for dates, location and times.

Chickasaw Cultural CenterPlaces to visit

Lake Texoma has a rich history that dates back to the Wild West.  Area museums, historical markers and the Chickasaw Cultural Center offer opportunities to glimpse what it was like for the early settlers of the Texoma area – long before Lake Texoma was built.  

TrainVisit the Zoo and Leonard Park

Frank Buck Zoo in Gainsville has a multitude of family friendly activities -  Feed the Giraffes at 10:30 daily, stroller safari, summer day camps, Breakfast with Santa and the Easter Bunny, and Zoo Boo are just a few of the favorites.  At nearby Leonard Park kids can ride a replica of a steam engine train, play in a circus themed playground, splash in the pool or picnic under hundred year old trees.
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