Best Lake Beaches in Dallas to Visit (or nearby!) in 2024

When summer starts to heat up in Texas, seeking out one of the best lake beaches in Dallas to help you cool off is a must! These lake front beaches are filled with gorgeous lakes, fun amenities like playgrounds and walking trails, and plenty of kayaking and paddle boarding too.

Some of our best family memories are summer days at these Dallas beaches. We always a pack a picnic and an umbrella for shade. Showing up early in the morning, or early evening at those that don’t close at sunset, is our favorite time for lake swimming on a Texas HOT day.

Dallas may be hours from the Texas coastal beaches, but these lake beaches are perfect way to spend a summer day in Dallas! Check out our favorite spots below and let us know if we need to add any other great ones to our list!

You’ll find them listed in order to proximity to the center Dallas.

Texas Lake at Sunset

White Rock Lake Park

If you are looking for a place to kayak rather than swim, White Rock Lake Park is sure to check the boxes. This beach is perfect for launching a kayak, sailboat, or getting in a rowing workout.

You’ll love the picnic space – it is beautiful! You also won’t want to miss the path that circles around the lake. Open to bikes and walkers and joggers, the views are beautiful. This is definitely not a hidden gem – the path is quite well utilized.

Joe Pool Lake

  • Location: Grand Prairie, TX (1/2 hour from Dallas)
  • Admission: $20 per vehicle (6 people max); $40 on holiday + holiday weekends
  • Swimming + Boating + Camping + Fishing

Joe Pool Lake is one of the most popular beaches in the Dallas area. It is just a half hour from central Dallas in Grand Prairie making this a convenient place to have fun in the sun just outside the city.

Vehicles are charged a flat rate admission fee no matter how many seats you have filled, so be sure to carpool to save some cash! Holidays are much pricier than weekdays, but annual passes are a good idea if you plan to visit more than a couple times this summer.

Joe Pool Lake is a man-made lake with a separate swimming area along with areas to boat and fish. Kayaking and paddleboard are also popular activities here. You’ll find picnic tables and restrooms also on site.

For an extra fun weekend, camping is also available. You can rent a cabin or lodge with kitchens and air conditioning or reserve a tent site along the lake. While we are huge fans of tent camping on the water, during a Texas summer, that AC sounds mighty tempting!

Joe Pool Lake is big, ya’ll! At 7,400 acres, there are several spots to explore. Here are a couple of our favorites:

Lynn Creek Park is made up of 785 acres and is on the northwest side of Joe Pool Lake. You’ll find a great swimming area here along with a playground, beach, several picnic tables, a volleyball court, and a concession stand. There are also two boat ramps here.

This is a great spot to paddleboard and canoe, so bring your own if you can. If not, they do have rentals on site subject to availability.

Lynn Creek Park is open just during the warmer months, March – September. In the winter, it actually transforms into a winter wonderland with some of the most beautiful Christmas lights in Texas!

Loyd Park is located next to Lynn Creek Park on the northwest side of the lake. Rather than sand, the “beach” is grassy here – so perfect for all of you that hate sand in your car after a day at the beach! You won’t find a lifeguard at this beach though.

The Walnut Creek Paddling Trail is the perfect place to explore via kayak (you can rent one if needed). There are also horse back riding trails here. There are also miles of walking trails throughout he park with plenty of green shade trees.

Grapevine Lake

  • Location: Grapevine, TX (1/2 hour from Dallas)
  • Swimming + a Picnic + Kayaks
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Grapevine, Texas is hailed as the Christmas Capital of Texas – and for good reason! But if you are visiting in the spring or summer, you will be much more interested in swimming at Grapevine Lake!

The lake is large so has several beaches to choose from to lay your towel and place your picnic basket. Here are our favorite three spots to visit at this lake juuust outside of Dallas.

Grapevine Lake in Dallas Teas at sunset

💦 Meadowmere Park: Meadowmere Park is located near the central part of Grapevine Lake on the west side. It will cost you $5 per vehicle to enter. Clean and well-maintained, kids will love the monkey bars and swings, and their parents will appreciate the free life jackets and lifeguards on staff.

A boat ramp is on site as well as campsites for those that wish to stay overnight.

💦 Oak Grove Park: On the southwest end of Grapevine Lake is where you will find Oak Creek Park. With no entry fee, this 40 acre park is a filled with amenities such as picnic tables, a marina, designated swim area, sports fields and courts, sand volleyball, and great fishing. Life jacket are also available on site, but not lifeguards.

Surrounding trails are great for biking and walking before going for a swim!

Day use only at this park, and no camping available.

💦 Lakeview Park: Lakeview Park is on the west side of Grapevine Lake near the southern end. This pretty beach park is kept clean and is a great spot to spend the day. Perfect for grilling, swimming, boating, and fishing, with plenty of green space to run.

Lakeview Park has a rocky shoreline, but a few feet out into the lake is a sandy bottom. Rent a kayak to get out on the water!

Admission is $5 ($10 on weekends). This is a great place to watch the sunset!

Burger’s Lake

Burger’s Lake is a fantastic lake beach in Dallas, technically just outside in Fort Worth. Burger’s Lake has SO many things to do! There is a designated swimming area with not one, but TWO sandy beaches. You can enter the water from the beach, or you can use the 25-foot trapeze or six diving boards. Rent an inner tube and go for a float or play a game on the sand or grass volleyball courts.

This is a 1 acre spring-fed lake located on 30 acres of property with plenty of grassy space. There are picnic tables, restrooms, tons of trees, and lifeguards. Pets and alcohol are not allowed at Burger’s Lake.

Note, the admission fee before visiting.

Little Elm Park

Little Elm Beach is such a great lake beach near Dallas. Lake Lewisville is the central attraction at this beach and you’ll find plenty of campsites, boat ramps, and a wonderful swimming area (but no lifeguard).

Little Elm Park has picnic tables on site as well as a sandy beach and volleyball courts. If you didn’t pack a picnic, not to worry, as there are several eateries nearby. Hula Hut is our top choice for some casual, yummy, lunch on the beach.

Boat rentals are offered here for waterskiing and tubing. You can also kayak or paddle board instead. Don’t miss the great trails around the lake for a jog or bike ride before going for a swim.

Lavon Lake

Lake Lavon is home to several beautiful beaches perfect for swimming and picnicking.  Tickey Creek Park and Pebble Beach Park are two of our favorite spots along the lake. A dam fills this freshwater lake with cool water perfect for a lake beach day.

Both parks have picnic tables, restrooms, and a swimming area. Feel free to bring along a boat, fishing gear, or walking shoes to explore the parks’ trails.

Lavon Lake Beach near Dallas | Aerial View of shoreline
Lavon Lake

Ray Robert Isle du Bois State Park

Isle du Bois is located in Ray Roberts State Park and is one of our favorite lake beaches near Dallas. This lake is clean and refreshing on a hot summer day. Swimming, fishing, and hiking are all great reasons to spend the day here.

If you want to camp, there are campsites, picnic tables, and restrooms available.

Ray Robert Isle du Bois Beach near Dallas | Aerial View

A swimming area is roped off making this a great spot to swim safely with children. After a swim, the playground is fun for children. Fishing and boating are also popular here too.

There are several shade trees that provide a reprieve from the sun near the benches and grills. There are hiking trails winding through the park as well and some are even paved. These are open to pedestrians and also cyclists.

Island View Park

Island View Park is one of our favorite lake beaches close to Dallas– it is so underrated! Head to Lake Texahoma to visit this beach park.

There is a wonderful swimming area, restrooms, and boating, fishing, and hiking here. There is plenty of grassy space to play, but the beach is actually sandy – yay! Rent a kayak and paddle board from the beach and if you boat across the lake and you’ll actually find yourself in Oklahoma!

There is a bit of a walk from the parking lot though so don’t be caught without a wagon and tons of gear. Picnic tables and covered pavilions are available, but you have to rent them for a fee (last check was $40/day). Or you can stretch out a blanket on the sand and soak up the sun.

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