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Old 05-26-2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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considering the following, which texas lake is the best ?

waterfront home/cabin
fishing/water sports
quiet (not too crowded)

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Old 05-26-2012, 08:33 AM   #2
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Lake Palestine..
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:01 AM   #3
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Several years ago, I would've said Richland Chambers was in the top 10, but it gets too crowded. Once upon a time, there were fewer houses and boats.

Thought I was safe back in the creeks, but you'd be surprised where some people will take a party barge.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:03 AM   #4
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canyon lake, or medina.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:22 AM   #5
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Lake Buchanan.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:24 AM   #6
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Lets see (in SNL skit voice of Obama)

How about Lake Granger?

waterfront home/cabin -- No
fishing/water sports -- mmmm maybe..No
quiet (not too crowded) -- Twirls finger..points... No!


I'd say upper Buchanan then drive up river to fish. Do it when flooding and no one else is there.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:28 AM   #7
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I would go with Buchanan as well. Kathy and Theo's place is right on the water and it (comparatively) didn't cost them an arm and a leg.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:30 AM   #8
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Caddo Lake to me. Some of the best views, fishing and plenty of open water for sporting.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:35 AM   #9
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T Bend because that is where our house is in Six Mile
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:45 AM   #10
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I have not seen too many Texas waters, but I did just get back from fishing a few days at Caddo. And it was beautiful, fishing was good, did see some people wake boarding. Not so sure I would after we saw a 10' plus gator. But I guess if they dont bother ya water sports could be enjoyed. I would love to have a place on that lake. Got home and looked up properties for sale, prices seemed steep but I dont know how the housing market is down there. Would love to retire there.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:50 AM   #11
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I'm biased but I'd say Texoma. It gets crowded at places bt is big enogh it's easy to get away from crowds. Awesome beaches and veiws. Fishing is awesome esp for sandies, stripper, cats the crappie are decent.

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Old 05-26-2012, 09:51 AM   #12
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Lake Amistad is pretty, has some awesome houses on it and is great fishing!
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:53 AM   #13
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I live between 4 lakes but I prefer lake tawakoni and not just for the great crystal meth available. LOL!!!
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:54 AM   #14
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Nobody said Whitney huh
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:18 AM   #15
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Probably too far for you, but...Lake Bob Sandlin is the perfect lake. It is NEVER crowded. It is east/west situated, rather than north/south like most lakes, so when the wind blows you can fish or ski all along the shore of the protected side. With most lakes, when the wind blows generally from the south or north, and the only protected areas are the coves.
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:43 AM   #16
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Problem with Whitney is water fluctuation and you can't build a dock if one doesn't already exist. That being said, beautiful lake. Has decent large mouth, great striper, quality Crappie, and smallmouth. It's a great recreational lake as well.

I like small lakes that have secrets... Like Lake Nocona. It's probably to far North for you to optimize, but if you want some info on it I would be happy to discuss through PM.
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I'm more of an angler than recreational lake guy now days, with repaired knees and all.

There're lots of great spots, it all depends on what you want to spend.

I don't think there is a perfect lake in Texas, I like all of them!
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:09 PM   #17
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Cedar Creek Lake. Great fishing, beautiful place to live and big enough that there is plenty of room for everybody
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:53 PM   #18
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Bob Sandlin and Caddo.
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:24 PM   #19
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:54 PM   #20
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Fishing: Sabine or Cedar Creek
Water Sports: Brazos River
Crowded: Let me know when you find out... go on a Tuesday
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:25 PM   #21
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20 different people will give you 20 different answers on this. From my experience in selling waterfront property, if you are refering to a second home destination whatever lake that is with in an hour and half will get you more use. Once you start getting over 2 hrs. most people will not use it enough to justify it unless they rent it out when they are not there.
If you looking to relocate for full time, location will still be imprortant. There are lots of great fisheries around the state now. Depending on what kind of scenery you want to look at and depending how close you want to be to a large city. Also take into effect how much recreational boating is too much. Having fished a lot of the lakes in Texas, my choices would be Sam Rayburn, Toledo bend, Fork, Palestine, Bob Sandlin or cypress springs.
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Old 02-12-2020, 10:07 PM   #22
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Lets bring this thread back to life. What would be your pick for the lake in Texas you would want to retire on?
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Old 02-12-2020, 10:40 PM   #23
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Lets bring this thread back to life. What would be your pick for the lake in Texas you would want to retire on?
none. and if I did I certainly wouldn't announce it to the world
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Old 02-12-2020, 10:55 PM   #24
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Nobody said Whitney huh
Whitney is over crowded and terrible fishing. Everybody just move along 🤣
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Old 02-12-2020, 11:53 PM   #25
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8 years later and I still say Texoma.


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Old 02-13-2020, 12:07 AM   #26
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Canyon lake is a sleeper. Blue, spring fed Guadalupe river water plus a limestone bottom makes it the easternmost clear water lake in Texas. Prices are still less than half of Lake Travis...but that is changing fast.
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Old 02-13-2020, 12:11 AM   #27
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Richland Chambers. Have lived on it for 7 years and spent ten years before that at my Dad’s place on the same lake on most summer weekends. No, it’s not crowded. The lake is about 10% developed....plenty of room for everyone. Remember, it’s the largest lake inside the state of Texas (not bordering another state).
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Old 02-13-2020, 12:30 AM   #28
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Richland Chambers. Have lived on it for 7 years and spent ten years before that at my Dadís place on the same lake on most summer weekends. No, itís not crowded. The lake is about 10% developed....plenty of room for everyone. Remember, itís the largest lake inside the state of Texas (not bordering another state).
Rayburn is the biggest inside the state
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:03 AM   #29
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Camp Creek lake, maybe not the best in all categories but it's private and quite.
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:14 AM   #30
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Great thread.
Until last year, my choice would have been Dunlap.
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:21 AM   #31
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I'll have to go with the gated private community of Lake Kiowa where by brother lives. Unbelievable fishery. Hard to keep them from jumping in da boat up there.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:02 AM   #32
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I like Possum Kingdom
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:10 AM   #33
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I've always loved Amistad. It's not crowded, even on the holiday weekends.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:14 AM   #34
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Sabine lake
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:16 AM   #35
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I am bias because I have been here my whole life and honestly have not been to too terribly many other lakes:

Possum Kingdom

Great fishing in mornings and evenings
Great wind protected spots for water sports
Great spots for people watching/socializing
Great boat access food on both ends of the lake
Tons of wildlife surrounding the lake
Great golf course
multiple great Marinas
My only negative is after 10AM and before 7PM on busy summer weekends you might as well leave the boat in the slip or on the trailer due to the amount of boats out and about

On the busy summer weekends we spend our weekends at our families cabin on Hubbard Creek Res. and the fishing is always good and it is NEVER crowded
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:21 AM   #36
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Cedar Creek Lake. Great fishing, beautiful place to live and big enough that there is plenty of room for everybody
This, on the Gun Barrell City side. My grandparents had a house their and fishing is great and very little traffic.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:30 AM   #37
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To me Rayburn is one of the nicest lakes in Texas, it doesn't have boat houses all over it and unless there is a tournament it's not too crowded. Cado and Martin creek are also nice lakes. I am more partial to big trees around the lake than boat houses.
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Old 02-13-2020, 09:36 AM   #38
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:09 AM   #39
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Fishing: Lake Fork
Fun with awesome houses: Lake Athens
Relaxed Lake: Granbury
Fun Social Lakes: Possum Kingdom, Lewisville, Cedar Creek
Good Big Boat Lake: Texoma
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:17 AM   #40
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Canyon lake is really pretty ..I've taken the kids camping around there a few times
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:25 AM   #41
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Old 02-13-2020, 04:51 PM   #42
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none. and if I did I certainly wouldn't announce it to the world
I know that's right!!

Which is why I'm glad to see the lake I have property on ain't on this thread. Not once

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Richland Chambers. Have lived on it for 7 years and spent ten years before that at my Dadís place on the same lake on most summer weekends. No, itís not crowded. The lake is about 10% developed....plenty of room for everyone. Remember, itís the largest lake inside the state of Texas (not bordering another state).
^^^^This. Palestine and cedar creek way over crowded
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Lake Amistad is pretty, has some awesome houses on it and is great fishing!
And it ain't even close.....
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Old 02-13-2020, 05:09 PM   #46
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Lake Amistad is pretty, has some awesome houses on it and is great fishing!
This was my first place. But to close to the border. I've been down there enough and really don't want border patrol as lawn ornaments.
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Old 02-13-2020, 05:43 PM   #47
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Nobody mentioned lake Livingston or Houston

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Old 02-13-2020, 05:56 PM   #48
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Old 02-13-2020, 05:59 PM   #49
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Old 02-13-2020, 05:59 PM   #50
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considering the following, which texas lake is the best ?

waterfront home/cabin
fishing/water sports
quiet (not too crowded)

thanks for your opinions
Lots of good answers but if you are looking for something smaller that isnt too far from you, you should look into Camp Creek Lake. Small(900 acres) private lake. It should meet all of your requirements. Ive been there for 15 years.
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