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Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle du Bois and Satellite Parks

Explore the wonders of of Isle du Bois on walking, biking, and equestrian trails. Enjoy camping, boating, and fishing.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 20 miles
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview :  There is so much to see and do at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, it was impossible to include everything in one guide. This is Guide #2,... more »

Tips:  Did you forget something? There is a park store in IDB and Johnson Branch that carries the essentials and offers boat rentals as well... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Isle du Bois Park Entrance

Isle du Bois Unit has many amenities and programs. For current alerts and general information, go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.
Website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/ray_roberts_lake/

At the Isle du Bois Unit, Wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available near the Visitors Center for park visitors to use.

2. Isle Du Bois Visitor Center

The Visitor Information Center is located about a quarter mile from the entrance to Ray Roberts Lake on FM 455 (East Chapman Road), with helpful staff and a wide selection of area maps and brochures.

Please contact Visitor Services for more information on booking campsites and for information on local lodging, restaurants and activities.

Isle... More

3. Interpretive Center

Enjoy presentations by Park Rangers and Master Naturalist Interpreters. There are Nature displays the whole family can enjoy, along with hands-on areas for younger visitors. The exhibits feature unique displays throughout the year on local features and the Lake Ray Roberts Trails. Visitors to the Center are invited to explore outdoors (weather... More

4. Lost Pines Nature Trail

This is the entrance to the Lost Pines Trail. This part of Isle du Bois has an amphitheater, equestrian trail, remains of a pioneer home, and wonderful lake views.

Guide 1: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Overview and Lost Pines Trail has the details of this easy 0.8 miles, 1 hour or less family friendly trail. It identifies many of the trees... More

5. Elm Fork Equestrian Trail 3.5 miles

One of the best ways to experience the great outdoors in Texas is on horseback. You don’t have to be a cowboy to enjoy the fun of trail rides and old-fashioned cookouts. At Ray Roberts, riders who own their horses can take their equine companions camping with them with special horse-friendly campgrounds at Bluestem Grove and lots of trails.

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6. Bluestem Campground Sites 171-184

These sites have a picnic table, fire ring and/or grill. Water is in the area, not at each site.

Equestrian campsites, 8 maximum per site (people & horses combined). There are hitching/tethering posts available at the campsites. Sites 177 and 178 have permanent metal corrals. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis. Please do not... More

7. Equestrian Pens & Bluestem Pavilion

This is the first State Park with individual horse overnight corrals in the state of Texas. They were donated by the Denton County Horse Committee, a part of the Denton County AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M University. Campers are required to clean up after themselves and their animals. Trail Etiquette rules apply.

In addition to ... More

8. Kid's Fishing Pond

Just past the Bluestem Pavilion, take the trail north to the Kid's Fishing Pond. The trail is an easy walk that makes a simple loop around the small pond. There are several children's activities held at this pond. The Visitor Center or Interpretive Center has the schedule of events. You can also take a side trip through the forest area north... More

9. Randy Bell Hike and Bike Trail, 2.2 miles

This hike and bike trail is forms the center loop connecting the Isle du Bois campgrounds and goes through the DORBA trails. The trail was named after the recently retired Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Region 3 Director.

10. Hawthorn Campground Sites 1 to 40

The Hawthorn Campground is a walk-in (1/8 to 1/4 mile from parking) developed (tent) campsites.

Sites in the Hawthorne area have a picnic table, tent pad, fire ring and lamp post. Water is in the area, not at each site.

11. Hawthorn Campground Trail & Lake Edge View

12. Deer Ridge Campground Sites 41 to 116

The Deer Ridge Campsites have electric & water hookups. Most of the sites are close to the lake and restrooms.

Sites have a picnic table, fire ring and/or grills.

13. Wild Plum Campground Entrance

The entrance to Wild Plum Campground is where the Randy Bell Hike and Bike Path crosses the road to the main boat launch.

Walk-in (1/8 to 1/4 mile) developed (tent) campsites.

Sites in the Wild Plum area have a picnic table, tent pad, fire ring and lamp post. Water is in the area, not at each site.

14. Wild Plum Campground Sites 117 to 131

Walk-in (1/8 to 1/4 mile) developed (tent) campsites.

Sites in the Wild Plum area have a picnic table, tent pad, fire ring and lamp post. Water is in the area, not at each site.

15. Boating on Ray Roberts Lake

Ray Roberts Lake State Park is a 30,000-acre reservoir. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department operates two state park units and several satellite parks around this lake. Park fees are charged at all locations except Pecan Creek, where donations are requested. A restaurant and full-service marina are located near Sanger Park.

The boat ramp is... More

16. Fishing Jetty

Ray Roberts Lake has emerged into a very productive fishing lake, growing in popularity among anglers. The current lake record for large mouth bass is 14.06. Crappie, white bass, and catfish are also a good catch.

17. Fish Cleaning Station

Large mouth bass angling seems to peak in the spring and fall, but most trophy bass are caught in February and March. The bait of choice in cold months is a jig or jig and pig combination fished slowly around deep submerged points. In spring you might want to try a Carolina rigged worm or lizard in shallow water found on the man flats between... More

18. Park Store Canoe & Pedal Boat Rental

Canoes and Pedal Boats are available for rent at the Park store.

19. Swimming Beach

This is the main swimming beach at Isle du Bois.

20. Isle du Bois Park Store

The concessionaire operated park store offers groceries, ice, firewood, fishing and camping supplies, souvenirs, T-shirts, gift and convenience Items, and a variety of fishing bait. Boat rentals include pedal boats, canoes, and kayaks for family fun on the lake. While enjoying your visit, why not take a leisurely ride through the park on a bicycle... More

21. Children's Play Area near the beach

There are two other play areas. They are in Deer Ridge Campground and the Quail Run Campground.

22. Birding by Chair

The Elm Fork Chapter Master Naturalist (EFCMN) and Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Birding by Chair Area.

23. Quail Run Campground Sites 132 to 170

Campsites with electric & water hookups.

Sites have a picnic table, fire ring and/or grills.

24. Start of the DORBA Bike Trails, 11 miles

Type: Single Track - multiple loops.

The trailhead is located near the Wild Plum Camping Area. Trail maps are available at the Visitor Center and you can call for trail status (open/closed).

25. Jordan Park Equestrian Trail, 8 miles

The trailhead is located in the parking of Bluestem Grove Camping Area and the trail goes to the loop at Lost Lake. This is one of the multi-use equestrian, hike, and bike trails in Lake Ray Roberts State Park.

This is also the trail to the Kid's Fishing Pond.

26. Jordan Park Trail Lake View

The trailhead is located in the parking of Bluestem Grove Camping Area and the trail goes to the loop at Lost Lake. This is one of the multi-use equestrian, hike, and bike trails in Lake Ray Roberts State Park.

27. The Lantana Lodge

Dining and overnight accommodations are available at Lantana Lodge. The Lodge is located on a high ridge overlooking the lake in the Jordan Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park. It has stunning views of the surrounding lake, western décor, spacious guest accommodations, a boat launch for guests, and stables.

The Bronze Buffalo Grill offers... More

28. Lantana Lodge Stables & Lake View

Boarding Horses and Riding Trails

Lantana Resort has 7 indoor/outdoor horse stalls available for your use. Whether you are stopping off for lunch during your ride, or planning to stay a couple days, they can accomodate your horse. For further information or to reserve a stall contact the front desk at Lantana Resort.

There are 27 miles of... More

29. Lost Lake

This is a small hidden lake made by an earthen dam. Jordan Equestrian Trail crosses the dam and makes a loop around this small lake.

The tour now will return to the main part of IDB. Be sure to watch for sights and nature you may have missed as you were going north on the Jordan Park Equestrian Trail.

There is more to see. You may want to... More

30. Wolf Island

Wolf Island is a small island just off the coast from Lost Lake. Wolf Island is used as a marker in the fishing bulletins.

31. Jordan Park Access to Ray Roberts Lake

After you pass the Lantana Lodge, you can follow the road to this view point and boat launch.

Located approximately 1 mile west of Pilot Point on FM 1192
Four-lane concrete ramp with boarding pier and parking for up to 75 vehicles
Fee required
Open all year
Operated by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
(940) 686-2148

32. Buck Creek Access to Lake Ray Roberts

The next stop is the Greenbelt Corridor. You can proceed back to the IDB entrance, or if you are in a hurry, you can go to US 377 in Pilot Point, go north on US 377 to visit Buck Creek, go south to FM 455 (Chapman Road) and turn right for a few miles back to the IDB entrance.

The best way to visit Buck Creek is by boat, but you can go there by... More

33. Greenbelt Corridor, 20 miles

Guide #3 has details of the Greenbelt Corridor, Kayak, Canoe, Fishing, Swimming, Birdwatching, Walking/Hiking/ Biking Trails, Equestrian Trails.

The Greenbelt is a 1,500-acre wilderness corridor area that follows the Elm Fork of the Trinity River and features approx. 11 miles of multi-use trails and waterways for bicyclists, equestrians, hikers, ... More

34. The Spillway

The water from the spillway flows down the Elm Fork of the Trinity River through the Greenbelt area to Lake Lewisville.

35. Elm Fork River Kayak Launch

This launch into the Old Elm Fork Trinity River is just above the confluence. You can Kayak down the Greenbelt Corridor all the way to US 380 (11 miles).

36. Confluence

The confluence of the Old Elm Fork Trinity River and the dredged channel leading from the dam spillway.

From here you can return to E. Chapman Road and head west over the dam to the Culp Branch Native Prairie.

37. Culp Branch Native Prairie

Culp Branch Native Prairie is off FM 455. Look for the sign. There are no trails, but it is open to the public for hikes to view native grasses and plants.

38. Sanger Access

Located off FM 455 about 3 miles east of Sanger
Multi-lane concrete ramp with boarding pier and parking for up to 75 vehicles
Fee required
Open all year
Operated by private concession (940) 458-7343

39. Lake Ray Roberts Marina

The Ray Roberts Lake Marina off of FM 1190 is a leased facility. It has gasoline and a store. It has a repair facility.

General Services:
- In the Water Boat Sales
- Currently Over 500 Slips
- Private & Public Launch Ramps
- Pump-out Facilities Year Round
- Fiberglass Dock Boxes Available
- Clean Shower & Bath Facilities
- Key... More

40. Pond Creek Access

Located off FM 455, just north of entrance to Ray Roberts Marina
Two-lane ramp with boarding pier and parking for up to 75 vehicles
Fee required
Open all year
Operated by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. (940) 686-2148

41. Sam Garret Overlook - CLOSED

Many photographers used this point before it was closed. This wonderful photo of the shoreline was taken by Gerry Hamilton.

42. Coyote Point

43. Water Discharge Tower

44. The Dam Store

At the west end of the Dam on FM 455

45. Deer Ridge Campground Play Area

46. Deer Ridge Campground Sites

Campsites with electric & water hookups.

Sites have a picnic table, fire ring and/or grills.

47. Hawthorn Campground Entrance

48. Hawthorn Campground Showers

49. Hawthorn Campground Lake Edge

50. Hawthorn Campground Trail Split

51. Hawthorn Campground Trail Split

52. Quail Run Campground Play Area

53. Wild Plum Campground

54. Lantana Lodge Entrance

55. Randy Bell Hike and Bike Trail, 2.2 miles

This hike and bike trail is the center loop connecting the campgrounds and goes through the DORBA trails. The trail was named after the currently retired Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Region 3 Director.

56. Randy Bell Hike and Bike Trail, 2.2 miles

57. Randy Bell Hike and Bike Trail, 2.2 miles

58. Randy Bell Hike and Bike Trail, 2.2 miles

59. Elm Fork Equestrian Trail

The Elm Fork Equestrian Trail continues through the Greenbelt Corridor. It is also used for hiking and biking. Follow the signs as the trail splits several times to separate use.

60. Elm Fork Equestrian Trail

61. Elm Fork Equestrian Trail

62. Elm Fork Equestrian Trail

63. Elm Fork Equestrian Trail

64. Lost Pines Trail

Guide 1: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Overview and Lost Pines Trail has the details of this easy 0.8 miles, 1 hour or less family friendly trail. It identifies many of the trees and plants that are native to the area.

65. Lost Pines Trail

66. Lost Pines Trail Crossing

67. Lost Pines Trail Crossing

68. Pioneer Homestead on Lost Pines Trail

69. Jordan Park Trail

The trailhead is located in the parking of Bluestem Grove Camping Area and the trail goes to the loop at Lost Lake. This is one of the multi-use equestrian, hike, and bike trails in Lake Ray Roberts State Park.

70. Jordan Park Trail

71. Jordan Park Trail

72. Jordan Park Trail Gate

73. Jordan Park Trail at Lantana Lodge

74. Jordan Park Trail

75. Jordan Park Trail

The loop around Lost Lake starts here.

76. Jordan Park Trail Information Kiosk

This kiosk was built by the Army Corp of Engineers. Today it is only accessible by horse or hiking in several miles. It is located just before the earthen dam that creates Lost Lake.

77. Jordan Park Trail at Lost Lake

78. Buck Creek Access Boat Launch

Located on the west side of US 377, approximately one mile south of Tioga
Two-lane concrete ramp with boarding pier and parking for up to 75 vehicles
Fee required
Open all year
Operated by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. (940) 686-2148

79. Pond Creek Access Boat Launch

Located off FM 455, just north of entrance to Ray Roberts Marina
Two-lane ramp with boarding pier and parking for up to 75 vehicles
Fee required
Open all year
Operated by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. (940) 686-2148

80. Sanger Access Boat Launch

Located off FM 455 about 3 miles east of Sanger
Multi-lane concrete ramp with boarding pier and parking for up to 75 vehicles
Fee required
Open all year
Operated by private concession (940) 458-7343

81. Parking for Lantana Lodge

82. Parking for Visitor Center

83. Parking for Buck Creek Access

84. Parking for Elm Fork River Launch

85. Parking for Bluestem Campground

This is the Bluestem Campground Parking Area has lots of room for your horse trailers.

86. Parking for Lake Ray Roberts Marina

87. Restrooms

88. WATERBORNE

A waterborne is a state of the art water vault restroom. It can include showers.

89. WATERBORNE

A waterborne is a state of the art water vault restroom. It can include showers.

90. WATERBORNE

A waterborne is a state of the art water vault restroom. It can include showers.

91. WATERBORNE

A waterborne is a state of the art water vault restroom. It can include showers.

92. WATERBORNE

A waterborne is a state of the art water vault restroom. It can include showers.

93. CLIVUS

A CLIVUS is a state of the art composting toilet.

94. CLIVUS

A CLIVUS is a state of the art composting toilet.

95. CLIVUS

A CLIVUS is a state of the art composting toilet.

96. Restrooms

97. Restrooms

98. Restrooms

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101. Restrooms