With 355 acres, the lake at Purtis Creek State Park is the perfect destination for bass fishing. But there’s so much more to do than fish for bass. With amazing views and plenty of outdoor recreation activities to choose from, Purtis Creek State Park has a little of everything.
On the water at Purtis Creek State Park, guests can fish for bass, catfish, and crappie, but also swim, canoe, and just relax on the water. Kayaks and paddleboards are available for rental from the park office, as are tackle boxes, rods, and reels. The lake has cleaning stations, fishing piers, and boat ramps. The park also allows overnight fishing until 6 AM, which costs $2 per person if you’re not camping. You do not need a fishing license to fish here.
On land, visitors can camp, hike, bike, picnic, and geocache. There are three trails to choose from, a 4.1-mile hiking and biking trail, a 1.7-mile nature path that runs along the lakeshore, and an easy trail that runs along the dam. If you go hiking with your dog, always bring plenty of water for both you and your pet. Be sure to bring waste bags and be sure to clean up after your pet.
Always keep your dog on a leash no longer than six feet in length at all times. Do not allow your dog to dig, disturb wildlife, or become a nuisance to other park visitors. In Texas state parks, pets are permitted in most campgrounds and trails but are not allowed inside any buildings.
If you plan to arrive late, you have to call the park no later than 5 PM to receive instructions. Admission costs $5 per day for adults, but children 12 and under may enter free of charge. Reservations can be made in advance by calling the park office during business hours or through the park’s website.
At only an hour southwest of Dallas, Purtis Creek State Park is a great place to escape the city with your family and your pet—for the day or for the weekend.