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Swimming Spots In Dallas-Fort Worth To Stay Cool This Summer

Ray Roberts Lake State Park is located about an hour north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro.

Summer weather in North Texas waits for no one. The long, hot, sunny days are already here.

One way to treat early symptoms of summer heat? Take a dip into a local lake or swimming hole. And North Texas has plenty of places to dive in and make a splash — all while enjoying the great outdoors.

Many of these swimming spots are in Dallas-Fort Worth or less than an hour or two away.

Keep this list handy this summer and you could visit all seven (or more) by the time it gets cold again — so, November.

Burger’s Lake in Fort Worth offers the best of both worlds. It’s a spring-fed lake, but the water is filtered like a pool. The 30-acre park includes two beaches, more than 300 picnic tables, almost 200 grills, a slide, a trapeze and enough diving boards that a family of six could each have their own. And the most important amenity: A staff of lifeguards is always on the clock. Word to the wise: Don’t bring alcohol or pets of any kind; they’re prohibited. More details.

Admission

General: $15 Children 6 and younger: $5 Children under 1: Free

Lynn Creek at Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie.

Joe Pool Lake is a 7,400-acre lake that covers parts of Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill and Mansfield. It has three major parks and a good one for swimming is Lynn Creek. It’s a park you can use during the day — it operates from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. It has many amenities, including boat docks and pavilions for gathering, along with The Oasis Restaurant right on the water. Your furry friends must be leashed at all times, but it’s best not to bring them; they’re not allowed near playgrounds or on the swimming beaches. P.S. Don’t bring glass containers. More details.

Admission

Grand Prairie residents

General: Free Holidays: $15

Non-residents

General: $10 Holidays: $15

The aptly named 42-acre Windsurf Bay Park is on the west side of Lake Ray Hubbard. The Garland park is tucked into “a bit of a cove that is protected by a long stretch of land that extends out into the lake,” according to the park’s website. While many people wind surf here, swimmers are also welcome. You can also rent the pavillion on site. Located east of Dallas, Lake Ray Hubbard stretches across Collin, Dallas, Rockwall and Kaufman counties. There are several parks around the lake, but some are more crowded than others. More details.

Admission: Free

Ray Roberts Lake State Park in Pilot Point.

North of Dallas, the 29,000-acre Lake Ray Roberts offers a lot of space for plenty of water-based activities. For swimming, go to either the Isle du Bois or Johnson Branch units in Ray Roberts Lake State Park. With its large beach and swimming area, Isle du Bois in Pilot Point is considered the most popular park and campground on the lake. The Johnson Branch, in Valley View on the north side of the lake, is not quite as crowded, but it still has a large beach and swimming spot located within a cove. It’s a popular day beach, but it’s also open to campers — as is the Isle du Bois. Gates to both areas are open daily from 6 a.m to 10 p.m. More details.

Admission

General: $7 daily Children 12 and younger: Free

Cedar Lake is a spring-fed lake that covers 116 acres of Cleburne State Park, which is about 30 minutes southwest of Fort Worth on the northern edge of Hill Country. No wake boating is allowed. Jet skis and other personal watercraft are not. So the waters should be nice and placid for swimming. While you’re there, you can also fish, hike or bike nearly 13 miles of trails and then camp under the stars. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. More details.

Admission

Adults: $5 daily Children 12 and younger: Free

In Tarrant County, Lake Grapevine has two designated swim areas — one in Meadowmere Park and another in the Vineyards Campgrounds. The latter is only available to people staying in the campground and gets less traffic than the Meadowmere Park swimming spot, according to the lake’s website. If you’re too cool for those options, there are also some non-designated swimming spots. One of the most popular is the "quiet cove" in Katie’s Woods Park. People can also swim below the cliffs in Rockledge Park and on the banks of Murrell Park near campsites 7 and 8. More details.

Admission

Meadowmere Park: $5 per vehicle; $10 on holidays Rockledge Park: $5 per vehicle; $10 on holidays Katie’s Woods Park: Free for day use Murrell Park: Free for day use; $10 for camping
The beach at Little Elm Park on Lake Lewisville.

Lake Lewisville has several designated and non-designated beaches for swimming, but we’ll focus on Little Elm Park on the north end of the lake. The Denton County park is always open. You can camp up to four nights for $15. There are volleyball courts, picnic tables and fire pits that are free to anyone to use. You can rent kayaks and paddleboards, too. And, there’s a life jacket loaner program. Fishing isn’t allowed on or around the beach and neither is glass. More details.

Admission: Free; camping costs $5 per day.

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