One of North Texas’ largest lakes is the perfect getaway to unwind, explore and connect with nature. With over 23 miles of shoreline along Lewisville Lake’s eastern edge, The Colony is an exceptional destination for year-round outdoor adventures.
Getting out on the water is a breeze with two lakeside parks, offering swimming areas, boat launches and piers. Venture into the open water from Stewart Creek Park‘s acres of nature. Before heading to the sandy swim beach, set up camp or reserve a pavilion for a picnic. On the northern end of the city, Hidden Cove Park and Marina offers plenty of family friendly park amenities in addition to their marina. Please note both parks require an admission fee to enter.
No matter the season, you can hike or bike through various trails across The Colony. The city’s lake trails are composed of eco-friendly stamped concrete and decomposed granite surfaces for the perfect outdoor trek. The Colony Shoreline Trail spans over three miles with waterfront views at nearly every turn. Traverse The Tribute Shoreline Trail for an intimate look at the region’s native flora and fauna. The path’s large tree canopy creates a protected Wildlife Habitat area, similar to Hidden Cove’s inner-peninsula trail. Both trails offer free designated parking at respective trailheads.
A Guide to Exploring Over 2,500 Acres of Parkland
Everything is bigger in Texas, including our sprawling parks and trails. The City by the Lake boasts the second-most park space per capita in the Lone Star State.
It’s always a great opportunity to explore Lewisville Lake, but the warmer months offer access to a variety of aquatic activities and watercraft rentals. Grab a kayak with Stewart Creek Park’s new water sports rental program. The self-service station allows online reservations year-round. At Hidden Cove Park, DFW Surf’s weekly stand up paddleboard classes and guided tours are a summer favorite. For motor powered fun, check out Sam’s Dock. The ship store and marina is stocked with wave runners, Craig cats, party boats and inflatable tube rentals.
5 Cool Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer
Dive in, splash around, and beat the summer heat in The Colony! Check out the following unique aquatic activities sure to thrill the whole family.
Fishing + Birding
Lewisville Lake is a natural habitat for animals below the water and along its shores. Fishermen of all skill levels can cast a line from Stewart Creek Park’s covered pier, reeling in an abundance of catfish and bass varieties. If you aren’t packing gear for a day at the lake, The Colony Public Library has you covered with fishing pole and tackle rental. Fishing is not the only past time enjoyed by nature lovers. Nearly 300 species of birds can be found near the lake, including some rare sightings. Scope out countless smaller species and birds of prey, ranging from the red-tailed hawk to northern harrier raptor.
Whether in need of a quick meal or an evening full of chef-inspired eats and entertainment, The Colony offers diverse lakeside dining. Rockin’ S, the floating bar and grill inside Hidden Cove, fries up seafood baskets ideal after a day on the water or for a brief lunch break between boat rides. Angelina’s is a well-known staple in the city, serving decades of Tex-Mex favorites on their patio overlooking rolling hills and the water’s edge. Next to Angelina’s is Lakeview by Peppersmash, the cocktail bar and eatery sharing the same scenic views. From refined bar bites to Instaworthy cocktails, Lakeview is a great choice for weekend brunch or dinner.
Camping and Accommodations
Nature lovers can immerse themselves with a variety of camping experiences, ranging from tent sites to two-story cabins. The spacious bunkhouses at Hidden Cove sleep up to 20 guests and offer comfortable amenities such as a fully furnished kitchen and two bathrooms, perfect for a getaway with family or friends. Smaller cabins are also available for couples or single families looking for views of the water. If camping lakeside is not your ideal vacation, be sure to check out modern hotels, close to the city’s entertainment district.