Tom Finley Park sits on a centrally-located island in Cedar Creek Lake (Reservoir) with beautiful views of the surrounding natural setting. The family-friendly park is maintained by the Friends of Cedar Creek Lake and offers a variety of recreational activities for all ages.
There's a dedicated swimming area with a sandy beach and a playground for children. Shaded picnic tables with grills, boating docks, a fishing pier, and pavilions for groups are available.
Visitors can also play on the sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits. The fishing pier is handicap accessible and boat ramps offer easy access to the lake.
A kiosk selling a variety of supplies and snacks is open during the park’s hours of operation between 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Day camping is permitted but night camping is not.
Bird watching is another popular activity, as three of the lake’s islands belong to a wildlife management area for aquatic birds protected by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Click HERE to read a related article.
The reservoir is approximately 18 miles long and 2 miles wide with roughly 1,000 square miles in drainage area and 320 miles of shoreline.
Accessible via Cedar Creek Parkway (Highway 334), the park lies roughly one mile between Gun Barrel City from the east and Seven Points from the western shore.
Admission is $3 per person. Children 3 and younger are free. Additional fees are required for using the pavilions. The park is open May 30 to October 1 each year.
Visitors must observe the park’s rules which are posted in visible locations. Pets are not allowed unless they are approved service animals. For more details on the park’s rules, visit its Facebook page HERE.
For places to stay, shop, or dine in the area, visit the Gun Barrel City website.