The Best Places for Summer Water Sports in DFW


It’s summertime and with hot temperatures in the forecast all anyone wants to do is be in the water. Dallas-Fort Worth has plenty of pools, but did you know there are places to paddleboard, wakeboard and lay on a beach in North Texas? We’ve rounded up four popular water activities and where to do them in the DFW area.

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Dallas-Fort Worth

Stand Up Paddleboarding (or SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports today. Little Elm, TX, which sits on Lake Lewisville in the northern part of the metroplex, is known as the “The Town with the Lake Attitude” and offers SUP rentals, paddleboard tours into the sunset, SUP yoga and paddleboarding fitness classes to experience this popular water sport. For more information, check out DFW Surf at Little Elm Beach. DFW Surf also offers rentals and lessons at Grapevine Lake and Hidden Cove Park in Frisco.

Where: DFW Surf at Little Elm Beach
144 Bridgeview Drive
Little Elm, TX

Wakeboarding in DFW

Cable wakeboarding is a new, rapidly growing and evolving water sport. Hydrous Wakeparks is one of the few wakeboarding cable parks operating in America and has locations in Little Elm as well as Allen. At Hydrous, they help beginners learn the basics of riding as well as help develop experienced riders into trick masters. The Little Elm location also has the only Aqua Park in North Texas. The Aqua Park is on a private lake adjacent to their 2 wakeboarding lakes and Towers Tap House. The Park is made up of fun and challenging features such as slides, climbing walls, balance beam logs, walk on water panels, jungle gyms, teeter totters, a rockit ball, and more.

Where: Hydrous Wakepark
280 E Eldorado Parkway
Little Elm, TX

Beaches in Dallas-Fort Worth

If you don’t want to drive five hours to the coast, there are plenty of places to sit on a beach in DFW. Joe Pool Lake Recreation Area in Arlington, Pebble Beach Park in Nevada and Burger’s Lake in Fort Worth all have sandy beach swim areas.

But, if you are looking for a true beach experience, check out the beach in Little Elm. Little Elm has the largest beachfront and one of the largest open swim areas in North Texas. Little Elm Beach is free, always open (24/7), and offers a lot of family fun. There are ten sand volleyball courts on the beach, plenty of water activities, restaurants, and events all summer long.

Where: Little Elm Beach inside of Little Elm Park
701 W. Eldorado Parkway
Little Elm, TX

Recreational Boating in DFW

Lake Lewisville is a popular recreational lake for boating. There are numerous places to access Lake Lewisville with a boat as the lake borders Lewisville, Highland Village, The Colony, Hickory Creek and Little Elm, TX. As one of the largest lakes in North Texas, it spans nearly 30,000 acres with over 200 miles of shoreline. The Town of Little Elm alone has over 65 miles of shoreline and two points of entry for boaters. Cottonwood Creek Marina is located in a cove on the northeast shores of the lake, while Little Elm Park has a great boat dock and incredible three lane concrete boat ramp, commonly known as one of the best boat ramps in North Texas.

Where: Little Elm Park Boat Ramp
704 W. Eldorado Parkway
Little Elm, TX

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