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

Revamped Oak Lawn tower hits the market

​​​An aerial view of the Centrum tower in the Oak Lawn District of Dallas.DALLAS – The developers who spent $25 million revamping Oak Lawn's Centrum tower have put the two-building project on the market.

Quadrant Investment ​Properties LLC purchased the high-rise Centrum building at Oak Lawn Ave. and Cedar Springs Rd. in 2015.

Since then the investor has given the 1980s office and retail project a total redo with changes to the exterior and inside updates.

In addition, the investors bought the 13-story Park Creek Place office building next door to add to the project.

The buildings are 80 percent leased and together have more than a half million sf of space.

The residential units on top of the tower are not included in the sale.

GTAR: Bullard, Holly Lake Ranch, East Texas home sales Jan. 2018

​​GREATER TYLER – February 2018 housing statistics have been released by the Greater Tyler Association of Realtors (GTAR).​

Greater Tyler housing market data for February 2018.

Sailpoint footprint to 165,000 sf

SailPoint's new officeAUSTIN – SailPoint Technologies Holdings Inc. is boosting its Austin footprint with plans to move into a new 165,000-sf building.

The cybersecurity and identity management software co​mpany will lease a four-story office building in the Four Points Centre, located near the intersection of Ranch Rd. 2222 and FM 620 in Northwest Austin.

Its new home is on a five-acre lot with access to a parking garage with more than 800 spaces.

Construction on the new building began in October 2017 and SailPoint is expected to move in first quarter 2019.

Improvements underway at South Padre airport

​​Brownsville-South Padre Island International AirportBROWNSVILLE – A new terminal is in the works for the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport.

A new terminal will be constructed directly in front of the existing terminal. 

Construction crews began working on phase one, construction of two new parking lots and the expansion an existing one, in early 2018. 

The entire project is expecting completion by 2020.

The existing terminal is to small for the projected growth and too small for agencies like Customs and Border Protection or Transportation security administration. 

According to Airport Director Bryant Walker, regulations that are currently in place for agencies like CBP and the TSA did not exist when the airport was created.

DFW home sales shoot to record heights

A picture of a "Home for Sale" sign with a "Sold" sticker posted over it, with a two-story single family residence in the background.DALLAS-FORT WORTH – North Texas home sales rose 10 percent in February 2018 from a year earlier—an increase that came even with higher mortgage costs and record home prices.

Real estate agents sold 7,188 preowned single-family homes last month. 

On average, it took 52 days to sell the houses that traded in February.​

That was the highest February sales total ever in North Texas, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.

For the first two months of 2018, real estate agents sold 7 percent more houses than in the same period last year.

The biggest increase in sales so far this year was in homes priced between $200,000 and $250,000.

In February, the median price of homes sold by local real estate agents was $248,000​​​—up 6 percent from a year earlier.

DFW accounted for almost a third of all home sales in Texas and more than any other of the state's major metro areas.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​