Wright Patman Lake is located in the beautiful piney woods of northeast Texas and was formerly known as Lake Texarkana until 1973 when President Nixon officially designated the project, "Wright Patman Dam and Lake," in honor of Congressman Patman of the First Congressional District of Texas. The lake includes 33,750 surface acres of water at summer pool with 203 miles of shoreline and 50,000 acres of land. Wright Patman Lake is a great fishing lake because the structure (Dead Flooded Timber) provides excellent habitat for all fish species.
Numerous recreational opportunities are available including camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, hunting, and wildlife viewing including wintering bald eagles, pelicans, and various migratory ducks. Local attractions include numerous festivals such as Four State Fair and Rodeo, Quadrangle Street Festival, Jump, Jive and Jam Festival in Texarkana; Forest Festival in Atlanta; and Frontier Days Festival in New Boston. Texarkana also has numerous museums and points of interest including historic buildings and memorials.
Location: 10 miles southwest of Texarkana on U.S. Highway 59