Guide to the Swimming Holes of East Texas and The Golden Triangle
Lake Raven at Huntsville State Park
The centerpiece for those looking for relief for summer heat is 210-acre Lake Raven.
Looking to double up with a fish and swim excursion?
Lake Raven is known by East Texas Fisherman for crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, and perch. Huntsville State Park offers a lot for fishermen including fishing piers, fish cleaning station, and boat ramp. Boats with electric motors are welcome. Gas powered boats must stay at idle speed.
Enjoy paddle sports? Rental canoes and kayaks are available, or you are welcome to bring your own.
Enjoy nature along 21 miles of hiking trails at Huntsville State Park. On a typical walk, you could see kingfisher, blue heron, alligators, turtles, and birds of prey.
Turn your visit to Huntsville State Park into a weekend family adventure – or longer – stay. There are 160 campsites available, screened shelters, and shelters with amenities.
What do kids like after a day of swimming? Gator Junction at Huntsville State Park offers fishing supplies, groceries, cold drinks, and ice cream. Snow cones are available next door.
The CCC, Civilian Conservation Corps, built a number of the facilities at Huntsville State Park including the recreation hall and boat house.
565 Park Road 40 West in Huntsville
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