Cost-conscious Spring Break Family Fun

Think a family vacation would break the bank? Think again.

BRA’s Possum Kingdom Lake provides visitors with enjoyable activities such as fishing, boating, hiking, canoeing, swimming, camping, picnicking, or just plain relaxing.

With parks dotting the more than 300 miles of shoreline, the recreational opportunities on and off the lake are endless. Best of all, amenities and campsites are free through Memorial Day.

Hiking and Biking
Hit the trails on foot or on bikes with your family at Possum Kingdom Lake’s newly expanded Hike and Bike Trails. Set to be completed this spring, phase II of the trail system will add approximately six miles to the already five-mile trail system.

Numerous trailheads stretch from Park Road 36 to Sandy Beach, giving hikers and bikers impressive views of the lake, limestone cliffs and true wilderness habitats.

Bird Watching
With more than 280 species of birds flitting around PK, it is no wonder that birders come from all over to spot their favorite species. An expansive guide and list of birds at PK and the surrounding Palo Pinto, Stephens and Young counties is available at the PK Chamber of Commerce office.

Water Activities
Of course you can’t visit PK Lake without spending time on the water. The number of water activities available is endless. Canoe, kayak and boat rentals are available at numerous places around the lake. If you own a watercraft, the BRA has boat ramps at each park making water access an easy task.

Fishing is synonymous with Possum Kingdom. Anglers from all over throw their lines into PK Lake in hopes of catching bass, trout and stripers, just to name a few. Certain fish, like crappie and panfish, are commonly found around the docks. Several docks are located along the lake shoreline including a new courtesy dock under construction at Scenic Cove Park.

The views of the lake from above the water are spectacular; however, what is below the water has attracted many people as well. PK Lake is one of the premier scuba spots in Texas. The pristine water provides divers with a clear view of popular underwater spots such as Hells Gate and the area where the town of Pickwick once stood. Divers are required to be within 150 feet of the shoreline, dive with at least one other person and must display a “diver down” flag that is visible at least 100 feet away.

If you and your family would like to enjoy Possum Kingdom for more than one day, finding a place to bed down won’t be a problem. Whether you prefer to rough it in a tent, to stay cozy in a cabin or to experience the luxurious lavishness of a lakeside resort, PK Lake has it all.

BRA parks have campsites that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Staying at one of the sites will give you a true lakeside outdoors experience. With features such as new restrooms at Scenic Cove and handicap accessible restrooms and shower facilities at Sandy Beach, you’ll be able to camp in comfort.

Since each BRA park offers picnic amenities ranging from tables to shelters and grills and pits, you and your family can cook up your favorite camping recipes. In fact, the BRA is in the process of adding more than 20 new shelters with fire pits and barbecues at Scenic Cove Park.

If you prefer a more sheltered overnight stay, there are plenty of private parks that have cabins, RV hookups as well as more upscale accommodations.

Throughout the years PK Lake has been a source of everlasting memories for visitors. Plan your memorable and budget friendly trip to PK with your friends and family.

Be sure to stop by the BRA lake office on Observation Point Road for free canoe and lake maps and to take in the spectacular vista of the expansive dam and lake. For additional information, please call 888-922-6272.