Located within the limits of the city of Waco, Lake Waco acts as the city's western border. This lake, situated in central Texas, spans seventy-nine acres and is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Lake Waco is located about half way between Austin and Dallas. While the drive from either city is around an hour and thirty minutes long, the lake is worth the trip.
There are many great parks situated around Lake Waco in which visitors can have a picnic, children can play, or guests can simply just enjoy the outdoors. Visitors can also take part in numerous recreational activities along the shores of the lake, such as camping, walking and biking trails, and birdwatching. On the lake, visitors and locals alike enjoy activities like fishing, water skiing, swimming, jetskiing, and boating.
One such park located around Lake Waco is Airport Park, along the lake's north shore. This park offers bicycling, hiking, swimming, fishing, and boating. Airport Park also includes a restaurant where visitors can grab a bite while enjoy the outdoors, as well as a boat ramp and a marina. With the park stretching out over two thousand acres along Lake Waco, there is plenty of space for guests enjoy some camping in one of the several tent and RV campsites.
Located right off of Texas Highway 6 on the Bosque River, Lake Waco consists of seven boat ramps, along with several great campsites that include water and electricity. There are also dump stations for RVs situated around parts of the lake. The lake is bed by the Bosque River and the North Bosque River, as well as many smaller creeks throughout the area.
Fishing opportunities abound in Lake Waco. The fish available within the lake are predominately White Crappie, however, Black Crappie are also occasionally caught. Good opportunities for catching Sunfish, Catfish, White Bass, and Largemouth Bass are had particularly during the spring season. Fishing for Catfish in Lake Waco was rated as excellent by Texas Parks and Wildlife, as well as good for Sunfish, White Bass, Crappie, and Largemouth Bass.
There are also many other attractions located around or near Lake Waco. One such attraction visitors, especially fans of Dr. Pepper, may be particularly interested in is the Dr. Pepper Museum. Waco, Texas happens to be where Dr. Pepper was created and first served, dating back to the year 1885. Visitors to the museum will learn about the story behind the country's oldest brand of soft drink, as well as Big Red and 7 Up among others, by exploring different interesting exhibits that are housed within the original factory.
Another attraction near Lake Waco is the Cameron Park Zoo, an oasis within the city of natural wonder. Guests can view otters floating through the water or having fun with acrobatic antics, or watch as clownfish glide by. Visitors can get close to dangerous animals as well, getting almost nose-to-nose with Kai, the zoo's lion, or stand close to Komodo dragons, separated by just a glass-pane.
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