Texas small town marvels

Texas small town marvels

We knew that Lake Granbury had charm, but it was recently picked up in a travel article about “15 Adorable Small Towns In Texas That Would Make The Perfect Spring 2020 Road Trip.”

It’s never too early to plan your next road trip. So, if you’re looking for new places to explore, consider these three Brazos River Authority lakes. 


Lake Granbury was recognized in the article for its excellence for fishing, swimming and boating. And the city of about 8,000 people was highlighted as a “cute tiny town” with festivals and special events almost every weekend.

Combining beauty and accessibility, without having to travel outside the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the reservoir offers 121 miles of shoreline. Providing water supply for much of Hood and Johnson counties and the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, the reservoir also offers six lakeside parks for camping and picnicking and six boat ramps. Camping is free year-round at nearly all public areas at Lakes Possum Kingdom, Granbury and Limestone.
For visitors, it’s worth noting that BRA reservoirs are water supply and conservation projects, which means water levels are not constant. While it is the desire of the BRA to keep the reservoirs as full as possible, the level of the water will vary, depending on the amount of water diverted locally, evaporation rates, amounts of rainfall and runoff in the Brazos basin upstream, required releases, and other factors. 
If you’re planning on visiting Lake Granbury, get a copy of the recreation map here. 

Lake Limestone

Located on the Navasota River in Limestone, Robertson and Leon counties, Lake Limestone is the second largest of the BRA lakes. The 12,680-acre lake provides outstanding fishing. Its flooded timber and abundance of aquatic vegetation offer cover for largemouth and white bass as well as crappie and catfish. Many anglers who value solitude while fishing choose Lake Limestone, as it is not a mainstream recreational lake.

There are four parks along the reservoir with primitive camping and picnic facilities and four boat ramps for lake access. Reservations are not required at the locations, and the campsites are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Possum Kingdom Lake


Possum Kingdom Lake, located on the main stem of the Brazos River northwest of Fort Worth, was the first water supply reservoir constructed in the Brazos River basin. Possum Kingdom Lake covers an area of 16,716 acres with 219 miles of shoreline. A more widely known tourist spot, major activities on the lake include fishing, water skiing, and scuba diving. Surrounding the reservoir is an award-winning hike and mountain bike trail system. The reservoir’s amenities also include public fishing piers, seven public boat ramps, ten public access areas and a total of 400 campsites, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get complementary recreation, hike and bike trail, and regional maps here. 

Free printed maps of each BRA reservoir, lake parks and trail locations are available through the BRA Public Information Office at 888-922-6272 or information@brazos.org.

Whether it’s your first time at one of these reservoirs or your 100th, enjoy what the Brazos River basin has to offer. 

View the full list of small Texas towns to visit in the travel article here.