Golf, Fishing, and Boating on the Shores of Lake Texoma
More than 70 species of fish, including striped bass, largemouth bass, and catfish, live in the waters of Lake Texoma in northern Texas. Locals and out-of-towners flock here to go bass fishing and sailing on the 89,000-acre lake, which spreads across the Oklahoma border. A 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, Tanglewood Resort lies just steps from the peaceful shore, offering classic, beautifully furnished guest rooms, many of which look out over the lake.
Renowned golfer Arnold Palmer and course architect Ralph Plummer designed the resort's 18-hole championship golf course. It was the first in the country to use a unique, eco-friendly zoysia-grass hybrid that relies on less water for irrigation. For more recreation, Tanglewood offers volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, and tennis courts, as well as pools, a fitness center, and the Tranquility Spa. This is in addition to the guided striper fishing excursions on the lake and birding and eco-tours in the nearby Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.
The resort has two onsite restaurants. Savor a juicy steak at the upscale Commodore Room, which overlooks Lake Texoma, or enjoy pizza and brews at Barnacles Sports Bar and Pizzeria.
Pottsboro, Texas: Desert Oasis North of Dallas
Located just over an hour's drive north of Dallas, Pottsboro mostly draws visitors for its gorgeous scenery and the massive Lake Texoma. A boat cruise is the best way to get acquainted with the area and get an up-close look at local wildlife. About 10 miles to the east lies Eisenhower State Park, named for the 34th president, who was born in nearby Denison, Texas. Located along the lake, the park is especially popular with anglers looking to catch catfish, bass, and bluegill.
Adjacent to the hotel, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal spot for hiking, fishing, and bird watching. Its more than 11,000 acres are populated by native flora and fauna, including deer, turkeys, bobcats, hawks, and songbirds.