Lake Ray Hubbard

Lake Ray Hubbard stretches from Dallas to Rockwall. The man-made reservoir, once named Lake Forney, is crossed by Interstate 30, the main route to Fort Worth. The deep blue waters are a favorite place for relaxation, whether you bring along a jet ski, a boat, or a fishing pole.

Since the lake was created in the 1960s, it has grown into fantastic place for fishing. When the weather cooperates, you'll have the chance to grab your fishing gear and see what's biting. The white bass and hybrid striped bass favor the warm waters just south of I-30, while the large mouth bass are best found just north of the highway. Anglers also report excellent catches of channel catfish and blue catfish all around the lake.

Many people also take to the waters for some Lake Ray Hubbard boating. Launches are available at several different points along the meandering shoreline, and many of them have plenty of parking. The parking lot at Robertson Park on the west side of the lake can accommodate up to 150 vehicles at one time. There's no fee to park or use the boat launch here. The Terry Lane launch ramp on the southeastern shore also is free to use. Some of the the other launches, including Marina Del Ray and Chandler's Landing require a small daily use fee to do some Lake Ray Hubbard Boating. No matter where you choose to begin, you'll enjoy the same waters and beautiful views.

Lake Ray Hubbard boating is an option even if you don't have a boat. If you're looking for a relaxing way to admire the scenery, consider setting sail on the Seawolf. The 40-foot-long sailboat welcomes visitors for sightseeing cruises and scenic dining excursions. The afternoon cruises include some time for Lake Ray Hubbard swimming. The captain will make a stop in the middle of the water so everyone (provided they have a life jacket) can hop in and go for a swim. The crew is always happy to answer any questions and give some impromptu sailing lessons. Guests are welcome to and even encouraged to have their picture taken while steering Seawolf for brief moment.

The Seawolf sets sail from the dock at the Hilton hotel in suburban Rockwall, just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas. As one of the area's luxury hotels, the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront provides comfortable surroundings and beautiful views of the lake and the Dallas skyline. Nestled on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard, the full-service hotel offers more than 200 guestrooms, complete with cozy duvets, wireless Internet, and flat-screen TVs. Visitors also have a chance to relax by the pool, enjoy fine dining, and sip cocktails while overlooking lovely Lake Ray Hubbard.

The Hilton is also a place to look for many things to do at Lake Ray Hubbard. Guests have access to tennis courts and nearby golf clubs. A stroll along the boardwalk is one of the more relaxing things to do along the shore, just like enjoying a concert at the waterside amphitheater. If you're looking for adventure, an array of things to do at Lake Ray Hubbard will fit the bill. The hotel can hook you up with jet skis and all the gear you need for water skiing.

In 2003, the city of Rockwall opened the Harbor, a hub of things to do at Lake Ray Hubbard. This lakeside entertainment district is home to the Hilton as well as an array of places to enjoy. The restaurants serve global cuisine for all budgets, including authentic Mexican, standard American fare, and fresh seafood. You'll also find a piano bar and other places to enjoy the nightlife as well as shops and a multi-screen movie theater.

While many visitors to the Harbor choose to stay along Lake Ray Hubbard, other pop in from their hotels in Dallas. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is less than an hour away, and an array of airport transportation providers can take you directly from the terminal to the shops and restaurants of the Harbor.

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