The City of Jacksonville Maintains the Lake Jacksonville Recreational Area which is located about three miles from downtown Jacksonville and offers 1,325 acres of water. The lake is surrounded by homes and lovely East Texas scenery.
The Parks Department maintains ten screened shelters, seven camping sites with water and electricity and ten R.V. Pads with water and electricity. There are three boat ramps on the lake and two public swimming areas. The camping area also has restroom facilities with showers for the campers.
Lake Jacksonville is in the Neches River basin one-half mile southwest of Jacksonville in Cherokee County (centered at a point 31°55' N, 95°18' W).
The lake's capacity is normally 30,500 acre-feet, and its surface area at 422 feet above sea level is 1,320 acres. In emergencies the reservoir can be expanded to 46,500 acre-feet with a surface area of 1,760 acres. The lake has a drainage area of forty-one square miles. The soil around Lake Jacksonville is a sandy loam over red clay, and the area is wooded with mixed hardwood and pine trees.
The highways to Lake Jacksonville are west side of lake, follow 79W to FM747. East side of lake, take College Avenue (past Lon Morris College) to concession area (about 3 miles). For other southeast areas, follow S. Bolton to FM 347 and then continue on FM2138.
Fishing Lake Jacksonville
Most species are managed with statewide regulations. One exception is a minimum length limit of 18 inches for Largemouth Bass (also known as Black Bass). The daily bag limit for Largemouth and Spotted Bass (also known as Kentucky Bass) is five fish in any combination.
Triploid Grass Carp Permit is in effect on this lake. If a grass carp is caught, it must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. Bowfishing for grass carp is strictly prohibited.
Anglers need to find deep structure to catch a volume of fish. Largemouth Bass should be sought along the face of the dam and around patches of native vegetation in Cat Creek and Byrd Branch. Dropoffs along the island across from the marina can also be productive.
For contour and landmarks, check the Fishing Map of Lake Jacksonville.
The Lake Jacksonville Concession Area maintains serveral screened shelters, several camping sites with water and electricity, and ten R.V. pads with water and electricity. There are three boat ramps on the lake and two public swimming areas. The camping area also has restroom facilities with showers for the campers. These can be rented by phone (903)589-3510 or by using our online reservation tab located at the top of the screen.
There are picnic tables in the public area, which is located by one of the swimming areas.