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“Johnson Branch”

Ray Roberts Lake State Park
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Owner description: Scenic park great for camping, hiking, swimming and fishing.
Arlington, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Johnson Branch”
Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Love this place. Great for kids, bike rides, Geocaching all over the park, away from crowds, and great RV sites. If you want more open area, go to the swim area, you can use their playground, play games and enjoy a family picnic day.

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Quebec City, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
278 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
“very beautiful but more expensive than other state parks”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were camping in a tent in Isle du Bois Unit May 4 and 5. The nature is really wonderful there. We had a view on the lake and it was really magnificent. On our tent site, there was a Northern cardinal always looking at himself in our car's side mirror and it was really peculiar (and beautiful) to see! Needless to say, we got to see the bird very well. The park was really clean and the restrooms were clean too. There were nice nature paths.

What we didn't like was the price. We paid $39 for a tent site with water and electric, that is rather expensive. It is partly because the daily rate is steeper than in most Texas state parks. In this state park, it is $7 per person per day, while in other state parks, it is ony $3 or $4 dollars per person per day in most cases. When you rent a camping site for the night, you have to pay for the site of course but also for daily entrance for each person each day. That is why the bill goes up. Fortunately, we were only two people, what if we had had friends or children with us? In that case, for sure, a motel would have been cheaper and there would have been a continental breakfast included...

We were there on weekdays and we asked about the interpretive center. The ranger told us where it was located but didn't mention that it was closed and that it was open only on week-ends. So we went there and it was locked. Fortunately, an armadillo and a hummingbird pitied us and showed themselves lol... Another thing we didn't like was that Lantana Lodge was closed, the doors were just locked with no explanation. We were disappointed because it would have been nice to know that there was a nearby lodge where to take shelter and stay for the night if there is a big thunderstorm. When we asked the ranger about it, he just said that he didn't know anything and that the lodge was not part of the state park. But it still is IN the state park. Strange.

Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Sarah L
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Dallas, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
2,371 reviews
474 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 980 helpful votes
“Just A Drive Around The Area”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

We were not campers however we drove around the area which we found to be rather nice. looks like ti would be a great place for campers.Scenery was very nice and the areas we were in clean.

Visited May 2014
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3 Thank texaswillie
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Dallas, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Perfect North Texas Stay-cation Destination”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

Perfect swimming destination for the whole family. The lake was clean and clear with a sandy bottom! I felt like we were at the ocean without the rip current, jelly fish and salt. Plenty of picnic tables, covered areas, trees, green grass, bath houses w/ showers and playgrounds. For a day trip this was perfect. The shallow area is large so moms can bring their kids without needing extra help. The park employees were kind and happy to give me information when I asked and the bathrooms were clean. For the Day $7/adult, kids 12 and under free and they also offer a yearly pass for $70/carload. If you live in North Texas and you haven't been to Lake Ray Roberts State Park you are missing out.

Visited May 2014
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5 Thank NorthCountryT X
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Prosper, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Johnson Branch”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Good place to take the RV. Great hiking/mountain bike trail. My boys loved the kids fish pond and the swimming beach. Great for a weekend.

Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Russell K
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