Fannin County Texas Lakes and Recreation Areas

 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
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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
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Initial unemployment claims rise to highest level in four months

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​COLLEGE STATION – ​Initial unemployment insurance claims in Texas increase for the third straight week to 52,500 the week ending Jan. 9, the highest weekly reading since Sept. 5, 2020. 

This brings the total since​ March 21 to 4.2 million, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). 

"The increase in initial claims underscores the slowing economy at the start of the year," said Texas Real Estate Research Center Research Economist Dr. Luis Torres. "The rise also showcases the issues facing the labor market's full recovery."

In contrast to new claims, continuing unemployment claims decreased for the third straight week to​ 345,600 the week ending Jan. 2. 

The number of workers receiving benefits through the pandemic unemployment assistance program, which is open to gig workers and others who don’t typically receive benefits, fell the week ending Jan. 9.​

​U.S. initial claims increased to 965,000 the week ending Jan. 9, bringing the 43-week total to 74.8 million. 

According to Torres, the upswing in COVID-19 cases contributes to the increase in national weekly unemployment claims.​

As mentioned in previous reports, the claims numbers can be more volatile around the holidays because of challenges with seasonal adjustment. 

More people in all of Texas' major and border metros filed initial unemployment claims the week ending Jan. 2. The major metros rose to their highest weekly levels since Sept​. 5, 2020.

Using data from the DOL and the Employment and Training Administration, the Center has estimate​d unemployment claims for Texas' major and border metros since March 21:

  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, 955,600 claims;

  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, 909,800 claims;

  • San Antonio-New Braunfels, 283,500 claims;

  • Austin-Round Rock, 238,400 claims;

  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, 114,600 claims;

  • El Paso, 100,400 claims;

  • Brownsville-Harlingen, 50,300 claims; and

  • Laredo, 28,800 claims.​

The administrative​/support/waste management/remediation services industry registered the highest number of initial claims the week ending Jan. 2.

​That sector was followed by accommodation and food services, ​​retail trade, construction, and healthcare and social assistance.

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261K-sf life sciences campus under new ownership

​​​THE WOODLANDS – Lexicon Pharmaceuticals has sold its ​​life sciences campus at 8800 Technology Forest Pl.

The property ha​s 260,950-sf of space across five buildings. 

NAI Partners represented the seller, which is relocating within the city. 

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Upscale Hotel Granduca trades hands

​​AUSTIN – Pacific Hospitality Group has purchased the 194-room Hotel Granduca at 320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Bldg. B.  

Amenities include a pool, game room, fitness center, and bar.  

A joint venture between Interfin Companies LP and Riverside Resources developed the hotel. 

Pacific Hospitality will rebrand the hotel as part of the Meritage Collection of independent hotels in the summer.​​

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Texas' largest pickleball facility slated for Austin

​​​AUSTIN – Tim Klitch and Daniel Keelan are planning the state’s largest pickleball facility. 

The Austin Pickle Ranch will be built on 13 acres at 9110 Bluff Springs Rd. It will include:

  • ​32 pickleball courts, 

  • four sand volleyball courts, 

  • an outdoor mobile stage, 

  • a one-acre outdoor dog park, 

  • and table tennis, cornhole, bocce, and other yard games. ​​​

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New York investor acquires 468K-sf Lancaster warehouse

​​​LANCASTER – New York City-based Lexington Realty Trust has acquired a fully leased fulfillment center at 3201 N. Houston School Rd.

The 468,300-sf property was built in 2017 and is fully leased to Petmate. 

JLL represented the seller, property developer Huntington Industrial Partners. 

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