Lakes in Fannin County, Texas

Fannin County Proposed Lakes

There are two large new lakes being proposed in Fannin County and both are in the process of becoming a reality in the next 10 years.
Fannin County will undergo some great changes in the coming years as the population grows as projected. Fannin County’s current population of 34,000 is expected to grow to 83,000 within 50 years. Along with new roads, homes and schools, there is a need for more water to sustain this growth. The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) in partnership with the City of Bonham is building a water treatment plant to serve Bonham.




Lake Ralph Hall Proposed Lake Ralph Hall will provide approximately 30 million gallons of water per day (mgd), plus about 15 mgd of reuse for the Upper Trinity service area, the City of Ladonia and Fannin County. 

Bonham State Park Map Texas Parks and Wildlife


Bonham State Park has a lovely 65 acre lake set in the midst of a beautifully wooded 261 acre park with camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking, mountain bike trails, and group barracks.  Bonham State Park opened in 1936 has a long history of recreation and service for Fannin County residents and visitors alike. Bonham State Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, in the early 1930’s, and the original stonework buildings, built by the CCC, is still in use and adds historical interest to the natural beauty of the park.

Directions: From Bonham- Hwy 78 South to FM 271 continue two miles southeast on FM 271 to Park Road 24. 
Fees: $3 per day, per person 13 and older. Camping Fees and Group Reservation Info
Contact: 903-583-5022

Lake Bonham is a 1,282 acre city owned lake located just six miles north of Bonham on FM 273 (Formerly FM 898)/Rec Rd 3.  Lake Bonham offers camping, fishing, swimming, boating, 9 Hole Par 3 Golf Course, Concession Stand, pavilion rental, campsites and water skiing. Boating Permit required for all boats and water crafts. Directions: From Bonham Hwy 78 North to FM 273
Golf,Pavilion, Rental Info, etc
903-583-8001 or 903-583-7555
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Lake Coffee Mill  750 acre lake located in the Caddo National Grasslands and is owned and operated by the United States Forest Service for recreational purposes including boating, camping, and fishing.  The Coffeemill Recreation Area was completed in 1968 with additional major construction done by volunteers in the early 1990s. Coffee Mill lake supports the highest crappie population in an eight-county fisheries district. Hybrid Bass, Catfish, Crappie, and Blue Gill are restocked regularly
Directions: From Honey Grove, Texas, follow FM 100 north 12 miles to FM 409.  Turn left and go west 5 miles to camp entrance on the left.
Fees: Day use fee is $2 per vehicle, per day. Camping is $4 per night
Contact:United StatesForest Service 903-378-2103. 

Lake Crocket is a 450 acre lake is located in the Caddo National Grasslands.  Camping, fishing, and limited hunting in season are the major recreational opportunities for the area. Bird watching and hiking have increased in recent years. West Lake Crockett has 12 parking spurs and campsites. RVs are welcomed, and tent camping is available at each site. Visitors may fish from the shore, and hiking trails are accessible from this campground. No electricity or sewage dump facilities are available at the site. Located on the northeast shore of the 450-acre Lake Crockett, East Lake Crockett Recreation Area was completed in 1968. Lake Crockett was built in the 1930s and has provided recreational opportunities to its visitors for many years. The lake is stocked with catfish, sunfish, crappie and bass. No pack or stock animals are allowed in this area, but there are other areas on the Caddo where this kind of recreation may be pursued. Visitors are reminded to keep their pets on a leash and that glass containers are not allowed. This is a fee area.
Directions: From Honey Grove, Texas, follow FM 100 north 12 miles to FM 409. Turn left and go west 2 miles to the camp entrance on the left
Fees: ?
National Forest Service at 903-378-2103

Lake Fannin is a 45-acre lake, created in 1938, and was the pride of Fannin County in the 1940’s. On July 22, 1940, the Bonham Daily Favorite wrote: “The entrance…resembles a scene plucked from a travel folder and placed in a perfect setting of rolling hills. Many thousands visit Lake Fannin during the summer months, play in its inviting waters, dance in its lodge, breathe its invigorating air and go home refreshed and ready for another struggle with a workaday world.” Many senior residents of Fannin County remember the fun and family reunions held out at the lake with visitors from all over the world. Although, there are many historical pictures and references to the popularity of Lake Fannin many younger residents had never even seen Lake Fannin due to the closing of the lake to the general public by the US Forestry Service. Lake Fannin has once again become important to Fannin County with the blood, sweat and volunteerism of people who are bringing it back to it’s former glory. Under a U.S. Forest Service volunteer program called “Passport in Time,” volunteers are working to restore the lake and its historic buildings. Lake Fannin is now listed with the National Register of Historic Places. For more information visit or the National Forest Service at 903-378-2103.  
The Lake Fannin Wilderness Park Texas Inc. meets the 4th Thursday of each month at the Lake Fannin Lodge at 6:00 PM.  The public is invited!  For information call Sue Page @ 903-583-0266 or Gabe Parker @ 903-583-7708
Directions: From Bonham – Hwy 78 North to FM 273. Go appox. 10.8 miles and take a left on to FM 2554. Follow signs to Lake Fannin Entrance
Fees: Primitive camping is available.     $10.00 per night per tent
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4H Clubs activities by reservation only, no fee
Additional Links:
Lake Fannin Bike Trail Map, Lake Fannin Map



TAMU Real Estate Talk

Second Trinity Green multifamily underway, third in the pipeline

​DALLAS – Stonelake Capital Partners is building the second apartment community in Trinity Green and have filed plans for a third. 

Developers have already built a 355-unit apartment project and single-family homes in the 25-acre mixed-use community on Singleton Blvd. near Sylvan Ave. 

Construction is underway on a 324-unit apartment block on the west side of Obenchain St.

Plans for a third community call for a five-story building totaling 278 units along Singleton Blvd.

Construction started in 2015 on Trinity Green, which will include five multifamily phases with 1,500 units. ​

As lumber prices rise, builder confidence falls

​​WASHINGTON – National builder confidence in the new single-family home market fell two points to 68 in June on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

The decline was due in large part to rising lumber prices, although sentiment remains on solid footing. 

“Builders are optimistic about housing market conditions as consumer demand continues to grow," said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel. “However, builders are increasingly concerned that tariffs placed on Canadian lumber and other imported products are hurting housing affordability. Record-high lumber prices have added nearly $9,000 to the price of a new single-family home since January 2017."

All three HMI indexes inched down a single point in June. The index measuring current sales conditions fell to 75. The one gauging expectations in the next six months dropped to 76, and the metric measuring buyer traffic fell to 50.

Regionally, the South's HMI fell one point to 71. 

For details on Texas new home affordability, read "Home Delivery: Where is All the New Housing?" a Tierra Grande digital first by Center Research Economist Dr. Luis Torres and Research Associate Wesley Miller.​

Phillips 66 expanding Sweeny hub

​​SWEENY – ​​Phillips 66 is expanding its fracking and storage hub by 300,000 barrels per day (BPD).  

The project includes the construction of two 150,000-BPD natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionators, additional NGL storage capacity, and associated pipeline infrastructure. 

The hub currently has 100,000 BPD of fractionation capacity, 200,000 BPD of liquefied petroleum gas export capability, and access to nine million barrels of gross NGL storage capacity.

The $1.5 billion project will be operational in late 2020. 

REC offers Texas perspective on new Harvard housing study

​COLLEGE STATION – Real Estate Center researchers offered Texas-specific perspectives on a national housing report released today by Harvard University.

“Immigrant households will play a larger role in growing housing demand in Texas," writes Senior Data Analyst Josh Roberson in a new ​​blog post.

“Texas is one of only a few larger states benefitting from positive net migration, which means more people are moving in than out. While much of this migration comes from households moving from other states, that source has tapered down while international households continue to provide steady growth."

Research Associate Wesley Miller says this mix of domestic and international migration makes Texas' population younger than the national average. That's both good and bad.

“This benefits the state's economic dynamism, but it also weighs on homeownership rates," Miller writes in his ​​blog post. “The Lone Star State continually lags the nation by about 2 percent despite relative housing affordability."

The state's diverse population presents a similar challenge as racial and ethnic homeownership disparities persist, Miller said.

“For example, Texans of Hispanic descent represented 31 percent of total housing units, but only 28 percent of those units were owner-occupied in 2016," he said. “The gap is even larger for black homeownership and has widened since the Great Recession. These imbalances conflict national consumer surveys on renters, which suggest the desire to own a home transcends racial boundaries."

According to the 30th Annual State of the Nation's Housing Report released today by Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, the share of cost-burdened renters is significantly higher. The report says almost half of all renters pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing.

Roberson says multifamily rent growth is cooling in Texas, largely because of falling demand for higher-priced units while lower-priced units remain steady.

“Like the single-family market in Texas, inventory of lower-priced units is becoming scarcer with much of the new construction pipeline focused on the higher-priced market," he said.

For more on Harvard's study, click h​​​​ere.​

USACE approves $509 million for flood mitigation

​​​​WASHINGTON – The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has approved $509 million in funding to pay for projects to mitigate flooding, improve harbors, and study the Texas coastline.

The funding includes $3.6 million for three projects in the Rio Grande Valley. These include a project in Harlingen to dredge the main channel and several other hot spots and turn basin for $2.4 million. An additional $1 million will fund pre-construction engineering and the design phase of the Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project to deepen the Brownsville Ship Channel. The remaining $250,000 will be used for a feasibility study of resaca projects in Brownsville.

USACE also approved funding for other projects around the state.​​