25,560-acre impoundment for recreation, municipal and
industrial water supplies, on Neches River in hilly timber
area. Popular for boating, water sports and fishing.
Palestine offers something for everyone in terms of a
fishery. The lake is very popular for largemouth bass
tournaments due to its consistent success. Both white
bass and hybrid striped bass are present; white bass are
particularly popular during their spring run up the Neches
River and Kickapoo Creeks. Channel and blue catfishes
are abundant and flathead catfish provide great opportunity
for trophy-sized fish.
lake fishing records include black crappie, 2.31 lb.;
hybrid striped bass, 12.31 lb.; largemouth bass, 12 lb.,
walleye, 4.13 lb.; white bass, 2.81 lb.; and white crappie,
3.94 lb. Facilities include marina, bait and tackle shops,
swimming beach, boat launching ramps and camping areas.
Some 13 miles northwest of Jacksonville via U.S. 175 west;
also accessible from Tyler via Texas 155 south, as well
as from Athens, Palestine and Frankston.