Here’s a fun, family friendly getaway that won’t drain your gas tank or your pocketbook. Brazos River Authority lakes and parks are just a short drive away and offer numerous activities that will please each member of your family.

During the fall months, all BRA public access picnic and beach areas offer free day-use and camping areas including restrooms, security lighting and parking. Some areas have additional facilities such as grills, boat launches, courtesy docks and fishing piers.

Lake Granbury Located southwest of Fort Worth, Lake Granbury offers four parks with free overnight campsites. Your family can spend up to a week camping at the scenic parks that offer grills, picnic tables, and fire rings for that traditional late-night S’mores snack. Public restrooms with running water can be found at every park.

If boating is your family’s passion, you’re in luck! There are free public boat ramps at all four parks on Lake Granbury. Two park locations feature fishing piers for those who choose to catch their dinner.

Lake Limestone Located 40 miles east of Waco, Lake Limestone offers two BRA-operated lake parks. The first, located in Robertson County near the Robertson Dam, offers dayuse amenities including pavilions, picnic tables and grills perfect for your family cookouts. Public restrooms are also on hand at the park.

The second BRA park at Lake Limestone is located in Leon County, northeast of the dam. This location is equipped with public restrooms, a boat ramp, pavilions and grills. The park also offers a boat ramp, fishing piers and overnight campsites.

Whether you’re planning for a day or a week, Lake Limestone can accommodate you and your family for fun close to home. Just pack your tent and essentials, such as drinking water and food, and you’re set to go. Reservations are not required. Campsites are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, please visit the BRA website here

Possum Kingdom Lake The largest of the BRA’s lakes, Possum Kingdom is located northwest of Fort Worth in Palo Pinto County. Offering scenery straight from the Old West, the lake offers five BRA parks with parking, restrooms, boat ramps and overnight camping.

Lakeside parks are free for both day-use and camping year-round. Each park offers different amenities including boat ramps, public restrooms with showers, fire rings and cooking grills.

Be sure to check out BRA’s hike and biking trails. The trail offers spectacular views of the lake with guided treks from 1 – 5 miles in length. Free maps of each BRA lake, lake parks and trail locations are available on the BRA website or through the BRA Public Information Office at 888-922-6272