Belton Lake, TX

Belton Lake, Texas

The 12,300 acre lake is operated by the Corps of Engineers which maintains 11 parks with boat ramps, picnicking, camping, and bank access for fishing. Belton Lake is located adjacent to the Fort Hood Army Base, which has several points of interest for the military buff. Historical sites include the old "Charter Oak" on the Leon River, near the City of Belton, and the Stage Coach Inn in nearby Salado. Tour Miller Springs Nature Area located below Belton Dam. The nature area includes a hiking trail along the Leon River, a restored historic bridge, and several wildlife-viewing points. The mural painted on the spillway wall of Belton Dam depicts the history of the Bell County area. Three marinas offer basic supplies and fuel. An entrance fee is charged at most parks. Courtesy docks are provided at boat ramps.

Cities Near Belton Lake

Belton Lake Fishingmore

Belton Lake Fishing
Belton Lake FishingLake Belton is a popular lake for hybrid striped bass, and can also be a good largemouth bass lake at certain times of the year. There is a floating fishing dock with room for 50 fishermen on the side deck and 100 fishermen on the outside deck. It is open year round and heated during winter months.

Most of Lake Belton's shoreline is very steep, rocky habitat. Majestic tall bluffs and long rocky points are most common, although sand and mud flats can be found up the Leon River and Cowhouse arms. The lake has little or no aquatic vegetation. Timber is also limited.

Largemouth bass fishing is at its best from late February through April. As the water temperature begins to rise, bass become more active and prepare for the upcoming spawn. The backs of creeks and coves, protected from the north wind, provide the warmest water on the lake. Good creeks to target are Cedar, Bear, Owl, Stampede, and Cowhouse. Spinnerbaits, plastic lizards, jerkbaits, and jig and pork combinations are the preferred baits. From May through September look for bass on main-lake points and flats next to creek channels. Stickbaits, chuggers, buzzbaits, crankbaits, and plastic worms can all be productive under the right conditions. From October through December, bass can be caught from the same areas as during the spawn. Smallmouth bass are generally caught from the dam to the Cedar Creek area at mid-lake. Early spring and late fall, when the water temperature ranges from 55 to 65 degrees, is the prime time to target smallmouth. Spawning occurs in rocky coves protected from the north wind. During summer and fall, long, gently sloping rocky points are good areas to fish. Deep diving crawfish-colored crankbaits, stickbaits, chuggers, buzzbaits, grubs, and small jigs are usually the most productive.

Hybrid striped bass were first introduced to Lake Belton in 1977. Since that time they have become a very popular sportfish in the reservoir. Hybrid stripers tend to travel in schools throughout the main lake. They can be caught using a variety of methods, including bottom fishing with live bait as well as trolling jigs and crankbaits, with or without the aid of downriggers. White bass fishing is best from March through May when they migrate up the lake into the Leon River to spawn. Bank or boat fishing from the Highway 36 bridge north to Mother Neff State Park using small jigs or spinners can be very productive. During summer and fall, white bass sometimes school on the surface. White crappie fishing is best between late February and the middle of May. At this time, crappie move into shallow water in the backs of creeks and protected main-lake coves. Spawning crappie are fairly easy to catch on live minnows or small jigs fished around stumps and submerged cover in 2 to 5 feet of water. In summer, fall, and winter, crappie can be caught around large isolated trees and submerged brush in water depths of 5 to 20 feet. Catfish are best in the spring and summer. Channel cats spawn from May to June, during which time they move into water 2 to 5 feet deep in the backs of creeks or along flats just off the river channel. Shad, shrimp, blood bait, and stink bait all work just fine. Blue catfish were recently stocked into the lake, but only time will tell whether a fishery will develop.

Belton Lake Boatingmore

Belton Lake Boating

Sparta Valley - This park has a two lane concrete boatramp with free 24 hour access.

Westcliff Park - This park has a two lane concrete boatramp and is open from 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM daily.

Belton Park - This park has a two lane concrete boatramp with free 24 hour access.

Arrowhead Point - This park has a two lane concrete boatramp with free 24 hour access.

Temple's Lake Park - This park has two, 2 - lane concrete boatramps, the north and the south ramp. The north ramp is open 24 hours a day and the south ramp is open from 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM daily.

Roger's Park - This park has a two lane concrete boatramp with free access 24 hours a day.

Cedar Ridge Park - This park has a two lane concrete boatramp that is open from 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM daily.

Leona Park - This park has a two lane concrete boatramp with free access 24 hours a day. This ramp provides convenient access to the Leon River and the upper end of Belton Lake.

White Flint Park - This park has a two lane concrete boatramp with free access 24 hours a day. This ramp is located in shallow water. Depending on the lake level, larger watercraft may be difficult to launch at this ramp.

Owl Creek Park - This park has a two lane concrete boatramp with free access 24 hours a day.

Iron Bridge Park - This park has a two lane concrete boatramp with free access 24 hours a day. This ramp is very shallow and watercraft larger than a 14 foot flatbottom boat cannot launch at this ramp.

Frank's Marina - This Marina is located at Belton Park off FM 439. This Marina has boat slip rentals, boat rentals, jet ski rentals, snack bar, gas, and covered fishing dock. For more information, contact Frank's Marina at 254/939-7443.

Pier 36 Marina - This Marina is located at Cedar Ridge Park off of state highway 36. This Marina has boat slips for rent, snack bar, gas, and Jeff's Restaurant. For more information, contact the marina at 254/986-2466.


$3.00 per day to use the boatramp.

Belton Lake Campingmore

Belton Lake Camping
Belton Lake CampingLive Oak Ridge Park - This park offers campsites for RV and tent camping with water and electric hook-ups at each site. Contract Gate Attendants reside within the park to assist the visitors. As you can see from the photograph below, this park has an abundance of live oak trees that provide shade for most of the campsites. Provided within the park are restroom facilities with hot showers, a camper service center with washers and dryers, a two lane concrete boatramp and dump station. There is a total of 48 campsites in the park that will accommodate tent and RV campers.

Cedar Ridge Park - This park offers 68 sites for RV and tent camping each with water and electric hook-ups. In addition to these campsites, eight screen shelters are located within the park for people who don't have their own camping equipment. The gate attendants reside within the park to serve visitors needs. Cedar Ridge Park's facilities include restrooms with hot showers, camper service center with washers and dryers, two concrete boatramps, fishing dock, swimming beach, playground, basketball court, and dump station. Turkey Roost Group Camp Area is also located within the park. This area provides a 30 X 52 pavilion, six single and two double campsites with water and 50 amp electricity, a dedicated restroom with hot showers, group size cooker and a game area. If you need a group camping facility, this one will provide for all of your needs! Contact the NRRS to make a reservation!

Westcliff Park- This park has 27 sites with water and electric for tent or RV camping. Most of the sites are located along the shoreline close to the water. The park is staffed with Contract Gate Attendants to assist the park visitors. Facilities provided for the campers use include restrooms with hot showers, a two lane concrete boatramp, swimming beach, and playground.

Winkler Park - This park offers 15 sites with water hookups and a restroom with showers for semi-primitive camping. The sites have a paved back in pad that will accommodate up to a 35' RV. There is a Volunteer Camp Host that resides in the park year round to serve the campers. The park is a popular fishing camp and most winter campers come to fish for near record size Flathead Catfish.

White Flint Park - This park now offers 13 back in campsites with water and 50 amp electrical hook ups and 12 screen shelter campsites. Visit Reserve America to make a reservation. Check back soon for additional information on the facilities provided in this park.


Swim, sunbathe and enjoy Belton Lake at Sierra Beach, the recreation area's authorized swimming area when lifeguards are on duty Wednesday through Sunday throughout the summer season. Covered family picnic shelters are located adjacent to the beach. The snack bar sells refreshments and features a patio deck that overlooks the beach area and beautiful Belton Lake. More than 300 family picnic sites and 143 covered picnic shelters, many with barbecue grills are scattered throughout the park. Operating schedule is dependant on availability of lifeguards. Swim Area is FREE with Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area admission. Open to the Public!


Campsites with 30 amp electrical service and water - $16.00 per night.

Campsites with 50 amp electrical service and water - $18.00 per night

Double 30 amp campsites - $26.00 per night.

Double 50 amp campsites - $32.00 per night.

Screened-in Shelters at Cedar Ridge Park - $30.00 per night.

Winkler Park Campsites - $8.00 per night.

Belton Lake Huntingmore

Belton Lake Hunting
Designated public lands at Belton and Stillhouse Hollow Lakes are open for free public hunting. These areas are shown on the lake maps as Wildlife Management Areas. Hunters must observe all Federal and State hunting laws and regulations that apply to these public lands with regards to hunting license, season, and bag limits. A free Waterfowl Hunting Permit is required on both Belton & Stillhouse Hollow Lakes. Hunting is allowed from September 1 through the end of goose season as posted in the State hunting guide. Hunters are encouraged to wear blaze orange when in the hunting areas.

The following rules and regulations also apply:

While hunting at Belton and Stillhouse Hollow Lakes

You may:

1. Hunt in designated hunting areas and adjacent waters only.

2. Hunt dove, waterfowl, quail, rabbit, and squirrel at Belton Lake only.

3. Hunt dove, waterfowl, and quail at Stillhouse Hollow Lake only. Waterfowl hunters, click here to obtain your permit.

4. Hunt using shotgun with shot load only.

5. Hunt waterfowl with steel shot only.

6. Use temporary or natural blinds. All temporary blinds will be removed at the end of each day.

7. Camp in designated park areas only.

8. Operate vehicles on designated roads only.

You may not:

1. Hunt outside of designated hunting areas.

2. Hunt within 600 feet of private property or designated recreation area.

3. Hunt deer or turkey.

4. Hunt, trap, or capture fur bearing and other non-game animals.

5. Use rifles, pistols, or shotguns with buckshot or slugs.

6. Engage in target practice of any type.

7. Use traps, snares, bait, or tranquilizers to take any wildlife.

8. Hunt, pursue, or harass eagles, hawks, owls, bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, or any wildlife species that is listed as endangered or threatened with extermination.

The Corps of Engineers hopes you enjoy the use of the lakes and that you have a good hunt. We ask each hunter to be good stewards of the land and help preserve these areas for further generations. Your help is requested to help stop a few problems:

Belton Lake Map

Belton Lake Information

Fees: Day Use Fees: $1.00 per person up to a maximum of $4.00 per vehicle. Children 12 and under are free.

Location: 3 mi N of Belton on TX 317, 2 mi W on FM 439, 1 mi N on FM 2271

Contact: 254-939-2461

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