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Destination Texas: Lake Texoma, a Perfect Weekend Nature Escape

Located just 90 minutes north of DFW, Lake Texoma, a nature lover’s paradise, straddles the Texas-Oklahoma border. This vast reservoir, one of the largest in the United States, is a hub of activities. From boating, sailing, and cruises to charters, personal watercraft, windsurfing, and water skiing, Lake Texoma offers a diverse range of water-based adventures. With 12 marinas along its shores, finding a spot to dock your boat is a breeze. For those who prefer land-based activities, the lake’s picturesque banks are perfect for striper fishing, camping, hiking, birding, horseback riding, and picnicking.

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A golf lover’s delight

Tanglewood Resort and Spa, a hidden gem near Pottsboro on Lake Texoma and my home base, is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway. The resort’s lake-view villas, complete with a kitchen, living area, bedroom, jacuzzi tub, walk-in shower, and balcony patio area, offer a home away from home. Indulge in culinary delights at the Lakeside Restaurant or unwind with panoramic sunset views of the lake while sipping a fine whiskey at the Tower Whiskey Bar. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a game at  Tanglewood’s 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Arnold Palmer and Ralph Plummer, or perfect their swing at the golf simulator.

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Snow geese landing at Hageman National Wildlife Refuge, a bird and wildlife paradise.

Things To Do Around Lake Texhoma

Exploring beyond the resort, you’ll discover a wealth of attractions. Just west of Denison and south of Lake Texoma is the  Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, a paradise for birdwatchers. Thousands of geese, pelicans, and ducks gather here, stunningly displaying nature’s beauty. Bring your binoculars to watch for bald eagles soaring overhead as you explore the refuge’s trails. Remember to visit the visitor’s center for birding recommendations and unique nature finds at the gift shop.

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Highpoint Marina offers boat rentals and more.

For those eager to take to the water, the full-service  Highport Marina provides everything you need, from boat rentals to yacht sales and over 800 boat slips. And for a true immersion in nature, Eisenhower State Park beckons with its scenic hiking trails, swimming spots, and prime fishing piers.

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President Eisenhower’s boyhood home

Visit  Eisenhower’s Birthplace State Historic Site in the heart of Denison. Here, you’ll see the home where “Ike” Eisenhower, the 34th U.S. President, was born in 1890. See the antique furnishings in the little white house, explore the visitor’s center, and view exhibits of his presidential and war hero life.

Delve into the region’s railroad history at The Red River Railroad Museum on Main Street. Learn about the Missouri, Kansas, Texas (Katy) Railroad’s role in Denison’s growth. See the vast collections of photographs, documents, memorabilia, uniforms, steam and diesel engines, and the historic age of passenger trains.

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Hidden hangar Vineyard & Winery located on what was once the airport of the Barnstormers in the 1920s.

Discover Hidden Hanger Vineyard & Winery. This tranquil estate vineyard on 50 acres was the original airport and home to the Barnstormers from the 1920s through the 1950s. The Control Tower is a state-of-the-art wine production facility next to the terminal/concourse that houses the Pilot’s Lounge, barrel room, wine cellar, and tasting room. Enjoy a Fly-By tasting on Saturdays, while Sundays through Fridays are reservations only.

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Barrels full of exceptional whiskey.

The award-winning  Ironroot Republic Distillery honors local viticulturist T.V. Munson, who helped save the French wine industry from destruction using his Texas “iron” grape roots. Inspired by his connection to Cognac, France, the family learned brandy distilling techniques, applying the French traditions to heirloom Texas corn and making some exceptional whiskey.

Historical Braun Manor is a 7,000-square-foot mansion crafted in 1882 by George Braun, tied to Anheuser-Busch. It offers a grand setting for celebrations and gatherings with its opulent bedrooms, elegant baths, grand Great Hall, fully equipped home gym, unique wrap-around porch, enchanting landscapes, waterfalls, and outdoor pool.

The Historic Downtown Denison has been a Texas Main Street city since 1989 and was named a semifinalist for the Great American Main Street Award! Stroll through this historic downtown, a testament to preservation-based revitalization and home to a vibrant array of businesses, restaurants, and residential loft housing.

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Relaxing after a fun day.

Whether seeking adventure, relaxation, or a little of both, Lake Texoma and its surrounding attractions offer an unforgettable escape into the heart of nature.


Janie Pace

Writer/photographer Janie Pace is a native Texan covering restaurants, wineries, breweries, travel destinations, and cruises. A member of the ITWPA International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance, IFWTWA International Food Wine Travel Writing Association, and USPA United States Press Agency; she’s a retired advertising and sales professional.

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