We had a great long weekend at Ray Roberts State Park! The drive from the Houston area was pretty long, but we loved the chilly weather in May (love of 44!), and the water in every direction!
There are numerous sections in Ray Roberts Lake State Park, but the main two are Johnson Branch and Isle du Bois. Each has its pros and cons!
Isle du Bois Unit
The facilities as well as the main beach area of this portion of the state park are closed at this time of quarantine. All use was day use only although many people sort of claimed camping areas for their picnic. We liked seeing the camping spots with heavy shade as well as others allowing more sun. The idea of sleeping in a tent on a Texas summer night seems impossible without heavy shade.
These are both in the Hawthorne camping area. Every campsite is a short walk to the lake water. Water visibility was not too bad at about 2 feet or so. The water is more clear than many other Texas area state parks and does have a nicer light color.
This trail map is from the unit on the south side of the lake, but both main park areas have extensive mountain biking available. The courses are very long and have a range of ability levels from beginner to expert. They are DORBA rated trails!
Johnson Branch Unit
We preferred the Johnson Branch unit because it seemed more updated and well taken care of. Also, the beach and all the facilities are open! It is a little further north from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, so that may be the reason for fewer people being in the park. There is a massive playground right on the lake near the beach area.
Lone Oak RV Park
Since the state parks are still closed for overnight use, we opted for this small and older RV park at just $30 per night. It has full hook ups and many sites are pull through sites. Unless you have a very small rig, do not get number 26. It absolutely has the best view in the park, but it is simply impossible to get a larger rig into. This park is extremely close to the State Park boat ramp access as well as access to the large Johnson Branch unit of the state park.
We had a great Mother’s Day weekend!