For people with homes on Lake Jacksonville, every day offers scenic views and a fisherman’s paradise. The City of Jacksonville makes this 1,325 acres of water available to visitors with a recreational area that allows for day and overnight amenities.
There’s a public beach area, three boat launch ramps, and swimming piers. Two public swimming spots boast crystal-clear water with a foundation of clean sandy loam underfoot (with a minimal amount of stumps and debris). One swim area is conveniently situated adjacent to campsites and offers picnic tables, pier and a sand beach. An additional public swimming area (known locally as Kiwanis Park) is located just past the dam and also features a pier and picnic areas.
The recreational areas are open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lake Jacksonville has 27 camping facilities including 10 enclosed shelters and 10 RV pads available by reservation. Each have water and electricity and the majority have barbecue pits, and all facilities have access to restroom facilities and showers.
Texas Parks and Wildlife has maintained a customized stocking program for Lake Jacksonville for 30 years, and it shows in the number of trophy fish recorded into the TP&W books.
Lake Jacksonville has a long history as a favored go-to among area anglers with it’s offerings of largemouth bass (one record bass weighing in at 15-pounds-plus), spotted bass, "slab" crappie, sun perch, and catfish.
Wildlife around the lake is abundant with deer and red fox, and bald eagles visit seasonally in the winter. Birdwatching is a favorite activity for many visitors.
There are numerous special events going on during the year including the annual 4th of July Fireworks at the Lake. This year’s takes place at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 4. There are a number of places to view the show from the public campground and swimming areas and hundreds of boaters line up each year to get their front-row seat on the water.
For more information and to reserve lodging accommodations, visit www.explorejacksonvilletx.org.