Lake Palestine

Lake Palestine is almost 15 miles to the east of the city of Tyler. The lake offers all kinds of recreational activities and you’re sure to have an amazing adventure here. Spanning over 25,000 acres, the lake is actually a reservoir built on the Neches River. The reservoir provides drinking water to many of the residents around the area, but it also serves a second purpose as an outdoor haven for boaters, fisherman and hikers.

The lake is actually operated and owned by the Upper Neches River Municipal Water Authority. Portions of the lake touch four different counties: Cherokee, Henderson, Smith, and Anderson County. The boundary line between Henderson County and Smith County is actually the channel of the Neches River. The average depth is around 16 feet, but it can get as deep as 50 feet in certain areas. The lake spans over 18 miles in length from the south to the north, and includes a shoreline of over one hundred and thirty five miles.


For those who like to fish, Lake Palestine is a true paradise. The lake is home to a diverse range of fish species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, crappie, and many different varieties of panfish. The lake is most well known for its largemouth bass, which consistently yields amazing fishing results. Events can vary from year to year, but generally the following tournaments are held on Lake Palestine: Media Bass, Fishers of Men Tournament, East Texas Bass Association Tournament, Ray Hubbard Bass Club, Texas High School Bass Association Tournament, and Texas Bass Nation.


If you are an avid boater, then Lake Palestine has what you were looking for. With more than a dozen marinas, motels, and campgrounds, you’ll find everything you need. Additionally, there are 5 public boat launches around Lake Palestine where you can launch your water vessel. Check out the following resorts and marinas: Lake Palestine Resort, Lake Palestine Marina, The Villages Marina, LakesideGetaway on Lake Palestine, Flat Creek Marina and RV Camping, and Big Steve’s RV Park and Marina.

Before You Visit

Lake Palestine has a great website with detailed information on accessing marinas, fishing information, lake levels, lodging in and around the lake, maps, and much more. Make sure you call or visit the website before you travel to the lake. You can find closures, special events, and other ongoing events on their site.

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