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The Best Boating Spots In Texas

Nothing beats a summer cruise through the water with your family when school’s out and it’s time to play! As Texans, we’re accustomed to some pretty high temperatures in the summer months, so it’s always nice to find a cool, shady respite, particularly if there’s water involved. The kids will love being able to swim and splash around when you’re docked, and the breeze while you’re out on the water will keep everyone cool and content.

Not sure where to go boating in the Lone Star State? Never fear! Your friends here at Family Powersports San Angelo have cobbled together some of our favorite places to boat throughout the state so you can find some much-needed rest and relaxation away from the heat of the city.

Lake Meredith (Fritch, TX)

Approximately 30 miles northeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle is where you’ll find this popular lake. The Lake Meredith National Recreation Area was created in the early 2000s to facilitate usage of the lake for a variety of pastimes, including casual boating, fishing, swimming, watersports and more.

Land-based activities include hiking, biking and hunting along the shore. You’ll find campgrounds here if you want to make a weekend of your visit, too. Bring all your favorite sporting equipment so you can make the most of your trip to Lake Meredith!

Lake McClellan (Alanreed, TX)

Due east of Amarillo on I-40/Historic Route 66 is the McClellan Creek Natural Grassland, which contains Lake McClellan in its bounds. Because the water level can get pretty low during droughts and dry weather, you’ll want to make sure it’s usable before you head out. This shallow depth doesn’t make it ideal for fishing, but cruising around and swimming are great options. Camping opportunities abound along the shoreline.

Buffalo Springs Lake (Buffalo Springs, TX)

Just outside of Lubbock to the southeast, you’ll find this large lake with a community around it. This particular body of water is great for fishing, with crappie, walleye, striped bass and largemouth bass in its waters, among others. Buffalo Springs is an amazing recreational area for West Texas residents.

You can find campgrounds nearby if you want to stay the night so you can spend your days hiking, horseback riding, boating, water skiing and fishing. Gate admissions are no more than $11 per person. You’ll also find a party house that you can rent along with four pavilions so you can make this a destination for a family gathering if you so choose!

Lake Alan Henry (Justiceburg, TX)

Drive 45 miles south of Lubbock to find this popular reservoir, which spans nearly 3000 acres. A huge population of largemouth bass make this lake a true fishing destination, particularly during the springtime. You might also be able to catch catfish, sunfish, crappie and smallmouth bass, so make sure to pack your tackle box and rods for a visit to this gorgeous reservoir!

You can also bring your watersports equipment and personal watercraft along if you’d rather get some on-the-water adrenaline rushes. Around shore, you can hike, camp, hunt, birdwatch and view wildlife. There is an overlook just off the main park road that will give you a spectacular view of the entire reservoir if you want an Instagram-worthy shot of your trip!

We hope you’ve found a lake off our list that you’re excited to visit this summer. Want to trade in your current boat or become a first-time boat owner? Drop on by our San Angelo dealership today to tour our selection of new and used boats for sale. Family Powersports San Angelo proudly serves the cities of Abilene, Big Spring and Sonora, Texas.

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