Ray Roberts Lake is a beautiful 30,000-acre lake complex complete with boat ramps, camping, fishing, a swimming beach, numerous hiking trails, equestrian trails, Dorba mountain bike trails, hotel, marina and a park store.
This is Guide #1 which includes:
An introduction to Ray Roberts Lake State Park, a walking tour of the Lost Pines Nature Trail at IDB, and an overview of the Interpretive Center at IDB.
Guide #2 includes:
Isle du Bois State Park, Camping, Boating, Fishing,Swimming, Walking/Hiking Trails, Equestrian Trails, Birdwatching, and the IDB Dorba Mountain Bike Trails.
Guide #3 includes:
Greenbelt Corridor, Kayak, Canoe, Fishing, Swimming, Birdwatching, Walking/Hiking/ Biking Trails, Equestrian Trails.
Guide #4 includes:
Johnson Branch State Park, Camping, Boating, Fishing, Walking/Hiking Trails, Equestrian Trails, Johnson Branch Dorba Mountain Bike Trails.
Guide #5 covers the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association (Dorba) Mountain Bike Trails at Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch.
Most of Ray Roberts Lake State Park is located in northern Denton County. The Ray Roberts Lake State Park Complex consists of two state park units (Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch), six satellite parks (Jordan Unit, Pond Creek, Pecan Creek, Buck Creek, Sanger, and Elm Fork), Wildlife Management Areas, wetlands, waterfowl sanctuaries and the 20 mile Ray Roberts Lake/Lake Lewisville Greenbelt Corridor.
No License Needed - Did you know that no one needs a fishing license or stamp to fish inside the boundaries of a Texas State Park? Regardless of age, or where you’re from, the Free Fishing in State Parks makes it possible to fish anytime you like, once you’ve entered the park, no license required. Plus, you can even learn fishing with your kids.
Bird watching, water sports, riding horses or backpacking along a scenic trail, Ray Roberts has something for everyone.
The Greenbelt Trail is a 1,500-acre wilderness corridor area that follows the Elm Fork of the Trinity River and features approx. 11 miles of multi-use trails and waterways for bicyclists, equestrians, hikers, kayakers, canoeists, and others. It has become the premier North Texas destination for outdoor enthusiasts from the surrounding area looking to escape the hustle of city life for a little while.
Horseback riders can start their ride at FM 380, FM 428, FM 455, Isle du Bois Unit, or Jordan Park. The Equestrian trail continues all the way around the east side of Lake Ray Roberts, through the state park at Isle du Bois, and on to Jordan Park, near Pilot Point.
Canoeists and kayakers will be able to take advantage of the three access points located at FM 455 (just below the Lake Ray Roberts dam), FM 428, and US 380 for put-in and take-out points.
The Park Headquaters and Visitor Information Center is located near the entrance to Ray Roberts Lake - Isle du Bois Unit (IDB), with helpful staff and a wide selection of area maps and brochures. Please contact Visitors Services at 940-686-2148 for more information on booking campsites and for information on local lodging, restaurants and activities.
Isle du Bois
100 PW 4137
Pilot Point TX 76258-8944
Visitors Services 940-686-2148
These guides have been developed in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Master Naturalists - Elm Fork Chapter, Denton, Texas.
Ray Roberts Lake History:
The lake was created to provide water to the Cities of Dallas and Denton. Ray Roberts Lake, authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1965, takes in portions of three counties: Denton, Cooke, and Grayson. Originally known as the Aubrey Reservoir, the proposed lake was renamed in 1980 for U.S. Congressman Ray Roberts (1913-1993). The lake is a 29.350-acre Corps of Engineers impoundment on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. The lake is surrounded by two state park units (Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch), six satellite parks, as well as Wildlife Management Areas, wetlands, and waterfowl sanctuaries.
All the parks are open. Jordan Unit contains 477 acres; Pond Creek - 20 acres; Pecan Creek - 48 acres; Buck Creek - 11 acres; Sanger - 20 acres; and Elm Fork - 290 acres.
Herbert Ray Roberts: Ray Roberts was a member of Texas' 4th Congressional district from 1962-1981. He grew up on a farm near McKinney Texas. He earned the name "Mr. Water" for his tireless efforts in water conservation in the state. He helped secure funds that enabled the Aubrey reservoir to be built. Later it was decided that the lake would be named after the person who worked so hard to make it happen hence the name Ray Roberts Lake. Construction of the reservoir and dam began in the 1980's and the Isle du Bois state park opened in 1993 followed by the Johnson Branch in 1996.
Did you forget something? There is a park store that carries the essentials and offers boat rentals as well.
Wireless WiFi service is available at the visitor center.
This is the first guide in a planned group of 4 covering Ray Roberts Lake State Park. All of the parks are managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Great for the Family! - Texas Master Naturalists maintain an Interpretive Center with numerous displays about the wildlife and plants in North Texas. The Interpretive Center is across the parking lot from the Visitors Center at the Isle du Bois entrance.
Campfire programs are offered at Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch. Check at the Visitor Center for a schedule.
Stay on established trails -- If you do get lost, remember that you are using a trail guide and your smartphone, so you have a GPS to help you navigate back to the trail.
Poison Ivy lurks near the edges of the trails.
What to bring:
This Trail Guide and your Smartphone with EveryTrail mobile app installed.
Proper Hiking gear (and food/water) if you plan to hit the trails.
Mountain bike, boat, fishing gear, kayak if you are planning to enjoy all the fun at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.
This self-guided tour is available for download on EveryTrail.com.
Check out my other self-guided trips and Guides:
They include the LLELA Nature Center in Lewisville:
Beaver Pond Kayak Water Trail
Bittern Marsh Trail
Pioneer House Tour
Beaver Pond Kayak Water Trail
Wichita Forest Nature Trail - Highland Village
Wichita Forest Nature Guide - Highland Village
Cross Timbers Nature Trail - City of Denton
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Pilot Point
Guide 1: Park Overview and Lost Pines
Guide 2: Isle Du Bois State Park
Guide 3: Greenbelt Corridor
Guide 4: Johnson Branch State Park
Guide 5: Dorba Mountain Bike Trails at Ray Roberts
You can take these Trips and Guides on the trail with you! Go to EveryTrail for information on how to download the free app to your iPhone or Android phone. Once you have downloaded the EveryTrail app, you can download the tours and walk the trail with your phone as your guide.