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Residents floating the river near Olympus at Ross in Dallas, Texas



One of the best ways to beat summer’s triple-digit temperatures, and have fun at the same time, is to get out on (and in) the water at one of the lakes in the Dallas area. Here’s a quick guide to some nearby options for getting wet – and maybe a little wild.

White Rock Lake

Just a 15-minute drive northeast of Olympus at Ross, White Rock Lake is relatively small but has several fishing piers and boat ramps, plus a number of waterside parks and picnic areas. Swimming isn’t permitted at this lake, but you can rent kayaks and stand up paddleboards at White Rock Paddle Company. Dogs can fetch a ball and have a ball swimming at the fenced dog beach at the north end of the lake.

Lewisville Lake

Don’t have your own boat? If not, it’s not a problem at Lewisville Lake, because there are numerous places you can rent a boat or personal watercraft for a day of waterskiing, tubing, fishing, sailing, or just relaxing on the water. At 29,000 acres, this lake around 45 minutes north of downtown Dallas is HUGE, so it’s easy to stake out your own space. There are at least six designated swimming areas and beaches, but you can swim just about anywhere here. Just stay clear of the boat ramps and marinas for safety.

Lake Grapevine

Around 30 minutes north of downtown, just beyond DFW International Airport, Lake Grapevine has it all. Party boats, water sports, swimming beaches, fishing. Take your choice. At 8,000 acres, there’s plenty of room out on the water, whether you’re looking for a private fishing cove, or just the right spot to anchor your party boat. You can rent motorized and non-motorized watercraft or just hang out along the shoreline at one of the many parks or the two marinas, and enjoy the soothing sounds of the water lapping against the shore.

Before heading out to the lake, keep in mind that changing health and safety regulations make advance planning and reservations essential. Check with venues and rental operators about any new rules or restrictions that might be in place.

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