Ray Roberts Lake: Activities at a Glance
Phone: (940) 627-5475
Dates Open: Open year round for hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. No camping available at the WMA. For camping, go to Ray Roberts Lake State Park.
Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) have rules and regulations for hunting not required on private property. Hunters must possess a valid hunting license, the appropriate tags and stamps, as well as the proper public hunting permit. Permits include: Annual Public Hunting Permit (APH), computer drawn Special Permits, and the Regular Permit, which allows daily small game hunting on some areas. Hunters 16 years of age and younger are not required to have a hunting permit, but must have a hunting license and be supervised by a licensed, permitted adult, 18 years of age or older. Hunters and non-hunters must wear hunter orange during daylight hours at any time when firearm hunting for any species is authorized on the unit (except turkeys, waterfowl, and dove). For more details see the rules page for this WMA, the Summary of Fishing and Hunting Regulations and Public Hunting Lands Information and Maps.
No registration is required, but it is encouraged. Access to the lake is by boat or established roads throughout the WMA.
Predominant Fish Species: Largemouth bass, white bass, channel catfish, crappie, and sunfish
Hiking is an enjoyable activity that is available in many of the Wildlife Management Areas of Texas. Since potable water is not available on many of the Wildlife Management Areas, it is a good idea to bring plenty of drinking water.
There aren't any designated trails for hiking, but the shoreline and existing old roadbeds are used for walkways.
Viewing wildlife is an enjoyable activity that is available in many of the Wildlife Management Areas of Texas.
Many species of waterfowl visit the lake during the winter migration. Songbirds and other North American native birds live in the nearby wooded areas. Obtain maps for the lake and surrounding areas from local marinas for information on access to viewing areas.