If you’re in the Dallas area and looking for a great place to fish or camp, look no further than Fairfield Lake State Park. The park offers opportunities to camp, backpack, hike, ride your horse, boat on the lake, water ski, fish, swim, and more. Campsites in the park vary from basic tent sites to fully equipped RV sites. The park also has group camping facilities. If you bring your horse, the park offers 15 miles of equestrian trails to explore.
Because Fairfield Lake is warmed by the TXU Big Brown power plant, winter fishing is a popular activity for locals and out-of-towners alike. Fishing tournaments are held on every weekend between November and February. The lake is stocked with red drum (redfish), where the state record holder was recorded at 44 inches and nearly 37 pounds.
In Texas state parks, dogs are allowed in most campgrounds and trails but are never allowed inside buildings. Always maintain physical control of your dog and keep them in a crate or on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. Be aware of posted signage that may indicate places where dogs are prohibited, and always be respectful of campground and trail rules.
As with any state park or recreation area, make sure to clean up after yourself and your pet. Make sure your dog is current on all vaccinations and bring proof of current rabies vaccine. Do not bring unvaccinated puppies, females in heat, or aggressive dogs.
Fairfield Lake State Park is open daily. Entrance costs $4 for adults, and children under 12 are free. Reservations can be made in advance through the park’s website, or by calling the park office. With so many great options for outdoor fun in and out of the water, Fairfield Lake State Park has something for everyone in your family, even your pets.