The Beauties Of Lake Texoma

November 2018 Multimedia Austa Cook

Lake Texoma was formed by blending the waters of the Red River from Oklahoma and Texas, just as the name is a blend of the two states themselves. Its sheer size attracts a robust six million visitors a year and it has the proud standing of being the 12th largest in the US. Lake Texoma is wired with direct highway access to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, conveniently about an hour's drive south of the lake, but on the water itself, peace and quiet reign. Two wildlife refuges guard the north and south ends; Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma and Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas are homes to eagles, ducks, geese, heron and egret during their annual migrations, as well as white-tail deer and wild hogs.

The lake is hosted by friendly marinas and is a beautiful spot for fishing and boating. Visitors hike up the limestone cliffs every year to hunt across the soft rock for the fossils of ancient sea creatures such as Ammonites.

There’s also hunting, four-wheeling, biking, horseback riding, golfing, and so many other activities to do, there isn’t time to list them all. Just know Lake Texoma is considered a world-class recreational playground for tastes all across the board.

Houseboaters, this is quite the opportunity. Being on the lake will give you a panoramic view of the wooded bluffs and breezy access to the many islands shadowing the center of the lake. There are plenty of public boat ramps and private marinas on both the Texas and Oklahoma sides of the lake that await to settle you on the deep blue water.

Highport Marina is one such private marina. With over 800 slips with 25-foot to 68-foot options, they’re one of Texoma's only deep water harbors and are eager to help all types of boaters, including houseboaters. Their fuel dock features 14 high-speed pumps and the marina offers other services such as courtesy docks; boat, PWC and golf cart rentals; boat launch; and a service department with over 200 years of combined technician experience. The Island Bar and Grill Restaurant offers a stunning lakeside dining experience and first-class service. 

Highport has recently finished the year’s renovations to improve their marina and expand their capabilities to welcome boaters to Lake Texoma. These include a new freshwater supply system, the build-out of their acclaimed Tiki Deck—a lively outdoor dance club on the lakeside—a fresh menu for the bar and grill, and totally remodeled bathrooms and gas dock area. Their aim is to make you feel like family and to repeatedly best their best service to you. Highport has booked a full calendar of entertainment in anticipation of your arrival.

Another marina we can’t go without singing praises is the Grandpappy Point Resort & Marina. This marina is a time-tested testament to high quality on Lake Texoma. Grandpappy Point was first developed as a modest fishing camp in 1950, and has since risen up to now guard over 180 acres of beautiful lakeside and offer an extensive variety of services and amenities to visiting boaters. This full-fledged marina supplies 870 slips, a 35-ton marine travel lift and a mast step crane, as well as a fuel dock, ship store, boat sales and rentals, and full repair services. Grandpappy Point also provides personal watercraft docking, two waste pump-outs, and courtesy slips. The Point Restaurant & Club, designed to offer exceptional cuisine, bestows its visitors with breathtaking views of Lake Texoma while they relax on land.

It’s no wonder this marina also has its fair share of awards. Grandpappy Point was awarded several titles by the Marine Association of Texas, including Best Marina and Clean Marina of the Year in 2012. Following this for the past three years is the repeated bestowal of the Best Place to Buy a Boat in Texoma title.

Not content with the honors they’ve already received and in the name of providing the best possible service, they continually purchase new equipment and technology, such as the MerCruiser CDS computer diagnostic system. Now their technicians are even quicker and more accurate in detecting intermittent conditions that would affect the enjoyment of any boater’s stay.

Grandpappy Point challenges any visiting boater to swing by and see for themselves what this marina has to offer.

If you haven’t yet dropped a line in Lake Texoma, it’s time. Private marinas await to serve you. The water is opulent, the woods are still, the sand is soft, and the Red River glows with the setting sun.


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