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Cedar Creek Lake Reservoir is one of the largest lakes in Texas; located about 60 miles south of Dallas on Cedar Creek, a tributary to the Trinity River. The lake has 320 miles of shoreline, is about 18 miles long and about 8.5 miles at its widest point. The lake is owned and operated by the Tarrant County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 as a municipal water supply serving Ft. Worth and the many communities around the lake. Construction started in 1961 and completed in 1965. Cedar Creek Lake has a surface area of 34,000 acres and a capacity of 678,299 acre-feet. It is reported to be one of the most “Constant Level” lakes in Texas.

Fish and water sports are the big attractions at Cedar Creek Lake. Texas Parks and Wildlife has rated the lake as excellent for White and Hybrid Striped Bass and good for Largemouth Bass, Catfish, and Crappie. Water Skiing, sailing, swimming, etc. are the main attractions from late spring through early fall. There are several public boat ramps around the lake: Big Chief Landing in Gun Barrel City, Tom Finley Park between Gun Barrel City and Seven Points and Caney City Ramp located on Hwy 198. There are several private boat ramps with a $5 launch fee: Causeway Marina in Seven Points, Loan Star Marina located just south of Tool off Hwy 274, Log Cabin Marina located in Log Cabin off Hwy 198 and off Payne Road or FM 2054, and Fisherman’s Wharf North of Malakoff off Hwy 198 to County Road 1703.

Tom Finley Park between Gun Barrel City and Seven Points offers a public boat ramp and picnic areas with BBQ grills and tables for family outings. At Christmas, Tom Finley Park becomes a “Christmas Island” with light displays by local merchants. The same is true for Purtis Creek State Park located on Hwy 316 North of Eustace. Purtis Creek offers bass fishing, canoe, kayaking, hiking, biking, and camping. Cedar Creek Lake area is on the bird migratory path for ducks, snow geese, hummingbirds, and pelicans, not to mention the year-round birds of all types.

There are several towns around the lake: Centrally located are Gun Barrel City, Mabank, Seven Points and Tool; at the South end are Star Harbor, Malakoff, Payne Springs, Caney City, Log Cabin, and Trinidad; and at the North end is Kemp. Within short distances of these towns and cities is a variety of shopping and dining experiences. Some of these communities offer annual festivals that are a lot of fun for both tourists and locals. You can contact the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for schedules and details: www.CedarCreekLakeChamber.com or Facebook @CCLACC.

Cedar Creek Lake is a bedroom resort community within easy commute to Dallas, Kaufman, Athens, and Tyler. Many “Dallasites” have second homes around the lake. The lifestyle is very laidback and was recently named one of the 20 best places in the country to retire, just an hour from all the Dallas amenities –shopping, restaurants, museums, entertainment, etc. – and within 3.5 to 4.5 hour drive of Austin and San Antonio. What more could you ask for?