A Tourist Guide for Lake Waco in Texas

Lake Waco
Lake Waco

Swimming at Lake Waco in central Texas

Lake Waco is located in central Texas and is located entirely within the city limits of Waco, Texas.  Lake Waco is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operated lake in McLennan County.

Lake Waco Boat Launch
Speegleville 3 Boat Ramp with 4 lanes

Lake Waco is about half way between Dallas/Ft Worth and Austin, Texas.  It is about an hour and half drive either way and is well worth the trip.

Midway Park at Lake Waco  Midway Park at Lake Waco
Midway Park at Lake Waco

Lake Waco has several nice parks around the lake.   Lake Waco offers various types of recreation such as boating, jetskiing, water skiing, camping, fishing, swimming, and has birding areas, and biking and walking trails.  

Koehne Park at Lake Waco   Lake Waco
There is no charge to use the services at Koehne Park

Another park, Airport Park, on the north shore of Lake Waco offers: boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and bicycling. The park has a marina, boat ramp and restaurant.  RV and tent campsites are available.  The park has about 2,000 acres around the lake

 Lake Waco Bridge on Hwy 6
Highway 6 Bridge over Lake Waco

Lake Waco is on the Bosque River just off Texas Highway 6.   The lake has seven boat ramps, excellent campsites with water, electricity, and dump stations available around the lake.

Houseboat on Lake Waco
Houseboat on Lake Waco

Lake Waco has a surface area of 7,270 acres and a maximum depth of 85 feet.  The water levels don't usually fluctuate more than 2 to 6 feet.

Lake Waco
Roadside drive on Lake Waco

Lake Waco is fed by the North Bosque and Bosque Rivers and several smaller creeks in the area.

Lake Waco   Lake Waco
Lake Waco Fishing

Fishing on Lake Waco
Crappie fishing is hard to beat at Lake Waco.  White crappie predominate, but black crappie are caught occasionally.  Largemouth bass, White Bass, Catfish, and Sunfish are also good, especially in the spring.

Texas Parks and Wildlife rates fishing at Lake Waco as excellent for Catfish; and good for Largemouth Bass, Crappie, White Bass and Sunfish.

Twin Bridges Park at Lake Waco
Twin Bridges Park

Want some great food in the Lake Waco area?
Dock's River Front


Try Buzzard Billy's...
They serve the finest steaks and seafood in the area.  Right next to IH 35 and only minutes away from Baylor and Lake Waco.


.Looking for lodging in the Lake Waco area?

Judge Baylor House
Judge Baylor House - Waco, Texas
This house is decorated with antiques and Texas Hill Country Art.  Guests will enjoy the full breakfast that is served every morning, and tea and snacks in the afternoon when they get the munchies.  Close to all the Waco area attractions. 
The Lighthouse B&B The Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast McGregor, Texas

The Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast, offering one of the best bed and breakfast experiences in Texas, is located in the Waco area near the ranch of President George W. Bush. 



Brazos Bell on the Brazos River
Brazos Bell on the Brazos River

Attractions in the Lake Waco Area:

Cameron Park Zoo
Cameron Park Zoo
You will find many rare animals at this fine facility.

Dr Pepper Museum
Dr Pepper Museum 
Dr Pepper was invented by a Wacoan and the museum is housed in the original bottling plant.

Baylor University
Baylor University 
Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas and affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Baylor is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state and the largest Baptist university in the world.

President George W. Bush
President George W. Bush Ranch
The current Western Whitehouse is located on 1580 acres at nearby Crawford west of Waco.

Mother Neff State Park
Mother Neff State Park
The first official state park in Texas.

Red Men Museum
Red Men Museum
Many artifacts pertaining to the Improved Order of Red Men, Degree of Pocahontas, Texas history, American history, and world history are also on display.

Lake Area Scuba Center
Lake Area Scuba Diving
The Lake Air Scuba Center offers Waco and Central Texas the finest in Scuba Diving Instruction and Training.

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum
Extensive collection of Texas Ranger and Old West artifacts.

Amstrong Browning Library
This library was dedicated to the great British Victorian poets, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Art Center of Waco 
Located on two and half acres of the McLennan Community College.

Texas Sports Hall of Fame
See Texas sports history come alive with the Tom Landry Theater and interactive displays!

Strecker Museum
Oldest, continuously operated, natural history and cultural museum in Texas. Free admission.

River Walk at Indian Springs Park
Enjoy free summer concerts in the park. Stroll the River Walk all year long!

The Waco River Walk
The River Walk starts at Ft. Fisher Park and goes over the Waco Suspension Bridge all the way to the Herring Avenue Bridge where the river walk ends.

Suspension Bridge
Built in 1870 and a model for the Brooklyn Bridge, this famous Waco landmark provided cattle and cowboys following the Chisholm Trail the only span across the Brazos River.

Waco Regional Water Park
A complete water park experience located in Waco Riverbend Park. It has two pools, a 22-ft. slide, water playscapes, and more.


Lake Waco

Lake Waco has 7 boat ramps so you will find plenty of places to launch your boat.


Map of the Lake Waco Area
Map of Lake Waco

More Lake Waco Information:

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
Lake Waco Wetlands Project
Waco Sailing Club


Waco, Texas, weather forecast


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