Are There Good Swim Beaches at Lake Palestine?

While some of the parks and the Lake Palestine Resort have swim areas, Lake Palestine does not feature great swim beaches for swimming, tanning, or playing beach games. Most people will find the best swimming areas by exploring Lake Palestine’s shoreline in a boat.

At Lake Palestine, there is very little public access to the shorelines. Lake Palestine is in the region officially called the Pine Belt of Texas, but more commonly known as the Piney Woods of East Texas. The terrain is thickly-wooded with pine and hardwood trees. Lake Palestine’s make up of trees and soil are the reason for its lack of desirable swim beaches.

The pine and hardwood trees grow right up to Lake Palestine’s shoreline around much of the lake. Grass does not grow under pine trees because of the acidic soil that pine trees love and grass does not. Around Lake Palestine, the grass will grow right up to the waterline with no beaches. Lake Palestine’s trees and grass meet its shoreline to a core of mostly clay and sandy loam that forms the bed of Lake Palestine.

Lake Palestine Swimming Options

The Lake Palestine Resort has a designated swimming area, but not a real swim beach. It is one of the most relaxing properties on Lake Palestine with much more to offer than a swimming area for fun on the water.

One of the best places to swim at Lake Palestine is at the Water Park at the Villages on the east side of Lake Palestine off of FM 2261. This is a vast indoor water recreation area featuring a lazy river, a wave pool, a children’s playscape, two body slides, two tube slides, and three kid slides.

The Water Park at the Villages is where you can have a great adventure speeding down windy tubes, climbing over rope bridges, and drifting down the lazy river. This water park has day pricing, member pricing, and twilight pricing for nighttime water play in 25,000 square feet of pure fun.

You can have a great time swimming in Lake Palestine, but you will not find the big sandy beaches because of the physical makeup of the Pine Belt that Lake Palestine is located in.

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Water Level on 5/19: 345.12 (+0.12)

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Fishing Report from TPWD (May 18)

GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 0.18 feet high. Bass are good using deep diving crankbaits and Carolina rigs in creek channels in 16 feet of water. The shallow bite is in 2-4 feet of water using quarter ounce big eyed spinnerbaits and wacky worms. Crappie are good in 14-16 feet of water using chartreuse jigs. White bass are good off points, under bridges and the 155 road beds using crankbaits and jigging spoons. Catfish are good with many smaller sized catches on baited holes in the river.

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