Mild climates, 146 miles of picture perfect shoreline, and its central location to Dallas and Ft. Worth, make Lake Grapevine an ideal spot for memorable family outings. Camping, fishing, sail boating, jet skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, paddle boarding and wind surfing are some of the most popular recreational and adventure sports that Lake Grapevine has to offer.
Lake Grapevine is a freshwater lake that acts as flood control and a water reservoir for the area. It also provides recreation and natural land area. Three municipalities have water rights to the lake: the City of Grapevine, the City of Dallas, and the Dallas County Park Cities (DCPC), which provides water to various Dallas County communities.
Lake Grapevine is a US Army Corps of Engineers project that caps the north end of the city of Grapevine. The lake is managed by the Corps, however, some land and facilities have been leased out to the surrounding cities and commercial developers. The Corps maintains oversight of all government-owned lands.
Click here to visit the US Army Corps of Engineers website that has tons of useful information about the Lake and the area.
A map of Lake Grapevine can be found here.
Grapevine Lake has boat ramps all around the lake. Click here for a listing of the boat ramps on Grapevine Lake. Most boat ramps are for public use, and most ramps are located within a marina or park. Launch fee is $5 per visit. Yearly passes for Grapevine residents are $35 and $75 for non-residents.
Always be sure to check the list of open boat ramps before you head out to the lake.
Grapevine Lake is surrounded by great parks that you can go to. Here are a few parks you can enjoy for free or a small fee.
|Rockledge Park||This park has beautiful bluffs that overlook the lake. The North Shore Trail starts here.|
|Oak Grove Park||Oak Grove Park is the largest park on the lake. There are baseball and soccer fields, boat ramps, and Scott’s Landing Marina located within the park.|
|Meadowmere Park||Meadowmere Park offers a great day area and costs $5 to enter. There is a playground, covered picnic tables and a beach area. Camping is also available for an additional fee.|
|Katie’s Woods Park||This park is free to use and is home to the best boat ramp on the lake. There are tons of covered picnic tables and there is a great day use area.|
|McPherson Slough Park||The park is heavily treed and hidden out of the way. There are a few picnic tables available for day use.|
|Lake View Park||Free to use, this park is less crowded than some of the others. There are picnic tables, playgrounds, a beach area, and restrooms.|
|Trophy Club Park||Located on the western side of the lake in Trophy Club, this park is for day use and offers picnic tables and restrooms. There are some off-road dirt bike trails too. There is a $3 fee to enter the park.|
|Murrell Park||On the north shores of the lake, in the city of Flower Mound, this park has great views along the bluffs. There is camping, Twin Coves Marina, and ample fishing opportunities.|
Grapevine Lake offers numerous camping facilities. Whatever your camping style is, there is a campsite just for you. There are primitive tent campsites, cabins and RV sites.
The Corps of Engineers manages 22 primitive tent campsites at Murrell Park, which is located in the city of Flower Mound. Contact 817 856-2600 for questions or www.reserveamerica.com for online reservations.
The Vineyards Campground and Cabins is in Grapevine on the south side of the lake and offers well maintained grounds and clean restrooms. You can camp in your RV, rent a pavilion or rent a cabin right next to the lake. They also have a camp store, stage, swim beach, Wi-Fi, playground area, campground boat ramp and fish cleaning station. Contact the campground at 817 329-8993 or www.vineyardscampground.com for more info.
Tent camping is also available at Meadowmere Park. Located on the southwestern shores of the lake, the park is managed by the City of Grapevine. Primitive tent campsites are available for a nightly fee and each one of them have a great lake view. The park also offers clean restrooms, a swim beach, playground, covered picnic tables, and day-use rental options. Arrive early to snag the best campsite with trees. Contact the campgrounds at 817 488-5272 for more info or to make reservations.
There are 3 marinas located on Lake Grapevine. The marinas provide storage on the water and dry storage options. They also have fuel docks and pump out stations, with private boat ramps and member’s only access. Scott’s Landing Marina offers Boater Safety classes by the US Coast Guard. Big Daddy’s Ship Store is located at Scott’s Landing Marina and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on the water.
|Silver Lake Marina||2500 Fairway Drive #1, Grapevine, TX 76051||817 481-1918|
|Scott’s Landing Marina||2500 Oak Grove Loop, Grapevine, TX 76051||817 481-4549|
|Twin Coves Marina||4500 Murrell Park – Rt. 9, Flower Mound, TX 75028||972 724-1804|
There are many ways to get out on the water at the lake even if you don’t have a boat of your own. You can rent everything from a kayak or paddle boat to a jet ski, pontoon boat or double-decker party barge.
|WaterWay Adventure Boat Rentals||2500 Fairway Drive #1, Grapevine, TX 76051||817 251-2628|
|Meadowmere Park||3000 Meadowmere Lane, Grapevine, TX 76051||817 488-5272|
|Get Wet Watersports||They will meet you at the boat ramp!||972 746-3429|
Grapevine Lake offers numerous water activities, but there are also many great trails located around the lake that provide hiking, biking, running, and walking adventures. There are plenty of places to explore along the lake shores.
Find a path and go exploring! Here are some of the trails around the lake that you need to check out!
|North Shore Trail||The trail runs 9.5 miles from Rockledge Park to Twin Coves Park.||North side|
|Meadowmere Park Trail||This is a 1 mile soft surface trail within Meadowmere Park that is great for running, biking or walking.||South/West|
|C. Shane Wilbanks Trail||A 3.4 mile paved trail that goes through Horseshoe Trails Park and Oak Grove Park.||South side|
|Oak Grove Trail||This 1.3 mile paved trail runs through Oak Grove Park and has views of the lake all along the way. The Oak Grove Trail connects the C. Shane Wilbanks and Dove Loop Trails.||South side|
|Dove Loop Trail||1.8 miles of paved trail that takes you out of Oak Grove Park.||South side|
|Gaylord Texan Trail||A 1.3 mile trail that takes you from the Gaylord Texan to downtown Grapevine.||South/East|
Events & Pavilions
Lake Grapevine has facilities to accommodate groups of every size. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the lake parks for your enjoyment or a quick family picnic. Pavilions are available for larger groups also.
You can reserve a deluxe party barge or your own 90’ private charter boat for your next big event. What a fun way to celebrate, while you sit back and enjoy Lake Grapevine with up to 100 of your closest family and friends. Contact Water Way Adventures or Silver Lake Marina for more info.
Weddings at Lake Grapevine are breathtakingly beautiful and a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you decide to share your nuptials on a yacht out on the water or at one of the event facilities, Lake Grapevine can provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding day.
Paradise Cove is one of Lake Grapevine’s premier outdoor wedding and event facilities. There are amazing lake views and the outdoor wedding site is just a short walk from the lake. Any time of year makes for the perfect setting on the lake.
Restaurants on the Lake
You haven’t experienced a real Texas summer day until you’ve hung out on a lakeside dock after a long day of boating with some great food and icy cold beverages. Add in some live music and life is good. You can tie up your boat and grab a tasty burger at Big Daddy’s Ship Store. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it’s a great place to refuel your boat and your body.
And, just in time for summer 2015, stop by the new Rockin’ S Bar & Grill on Lake Grapevine. They are located in the Twin Coves Marina at everyone’s favorite summertime dockside restaurant, formerly known as Lil Pete’s or Hook’s Ice House. When you’re out on the lake or looking for a unique restaurant, be sure to stop by and support this new local business.