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Built in 1978 as a water supply reservoir, Lake Limestone is a body of water managed by the Brazos River Authority, which controls the Brazos River, the longest river in Texas. Not actually a part of the Brazos River, Limestone runs along the Navasota River. Nevertheless, Lake Limestone lies in the Brazos River Basin, which covers around 840 miles of beautiful central Texas countryside.
Beyond its duties of providing water to Texas residents, the lake is open for human recreational activities all year long. Lake Limestone covers about 13,000 acres and provides ample opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, tubing, and jet skiing, which are among the many activities that lake home renters enjoy regularly. Around the lake, there are marinas with a reputation for owners who will take care of Limestone boaters time and again. The Running Branch Marina and Lake Limestone are both well loved as homes for lake residents' watercraft.
The lake is also one of the best in central Texas for fishing opportunities. Lakefront cabins for rent lie in the middle of a hotspot for fishing crappie and white bass, among other species of fish. Lake Limestone’s location outside of mainstream Texas recreation makes it a rare treasure for fishermen as well. The lack of competition and the peaceful solitude fishers can find on the lake combine to make Limestone a particular source of delight. Springtime lake residents find success with spawning fish, but all kinds of fish can be found in the lake year-round, partially because of the varied aquatic habitat. The 16 miles of shoreline is rife with brush, hills, and plants that attract plenty of aquatic life.
Golfers can play a fun and challenging round in nearby towns like Franklin, Teague, and Limestone. The Oak Grove Country Club, Big Cedar Country Club, and Mexia Country Club all offer fully equipped golf courses that are a short drive away from the lake. Anyone interested in living just off the golfing green can find more information at GolfHomes.com.
There are plenty of other places to go that are not far from the lake. The lake is south of Groesbeck, Texas, and it reaches into three Texas counties: Leon, Limestone, and Robertson, but the majority of the lake’s area is in Limestone county. Waterfront living near the lake puts you within a few hours of Texas’s main metropolitan areas, including Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Houston.
Centrally located Lake Limestone offers plenty of boating, fishing, and golf to attract the interest of anyone looking for a lake-view home for rent. Sitting off the well-traveled path, Lake Limestone is central Texas’s best-kept secret.
Lake Limestone is located 15 miles southeast of Groesbeck on Farm road 3371 in Leon County. On upper Navasota River, impounded by Sterling C. Robertson Dam, Lake Limestone's normal surface area is 14,200 acres, and is approximately 16 miles long, but lake level is variable depending on rainfall and water use. Major water customers are Texas utilities generating plants. Recreational facilities include boat ramps, primitive camping areas, boating, fishing for bass, crappie, catfish and panfish. Accessible from Groesbeck via FM 937; also accessible from Buffalo and Centerville.
Are they permitted? Yes
Can you swim in the lake? Yes
What is the water quality?
Average water level variance? 1-2 ft.
Are they permitted? Yes, by permit only
Are they permitted? Yes
Bryan 1 hr, Waco 1 hr 20 min, Dallas 2:10
Lake Limestone in Leon, Limestone and Robertson counties comprises all impounded waters of the Navasota River from the Lake Limestone dam upstream to the Fort Parker State Park Lake dam.
Types of Fish:
Largemouth bass, native, Florida Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass, Channel catfish, Hybrid Striped bass, Blue Catfish, White Crappie, and a variety of smaller Sunfishes and other forage fish.
This reservoir provides a cooling plant for local electric generation plants. The water is slightly alkaline, moderately clear and the lake has an irregular shoreline, brush, timber, and aquatic plants which supply good fish habitat.
Good spinnerbait, crankbait, and Carolina-rig fishing can be found in areas of timber, creek channels, and grass. Brightly colored baits work best like fire tiger, white, and chartreuse as the lake is off-colored much of the year.
Marquez Self Storage & Boat Storage
located on Hwy 7, 200 yards N. Int. Hwy. 79 in Marquez, 903/626-5215.
12' X 30' boat storage with electricity in each stall, water available, 24 hour access. For larger boats or travel trailers, will build to suit with one year lease. Boat storage is month to month $60.00 and no deposit. 10' X10' self storage units are $40.00 monthly. Boat service/repair facility directly across hwy.
Fort Parker State Park, includes 1458.8 acres (758.8 land acres and a 700-acre lake); between Mexia and Groesbeck, in Limestone County. It was opened to the public in 1941. Fort Parker offers camping, picnicking, swimming in an unsupervised swimming area, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, biking, canoeing, nature study, and paddle boating.
Old Fort Parker State Historical Park, a 37.5-acre park between Groesbeck and Mexia in Limestone County. Activities include historical study and picnicking. Special Events: Living History events are scheduled throughout the year; contact the park for details:
Christmas at the Fort the 2nd weekend of December
Fall Trailride the 3rd weekend of September
Spring Rendezvous (pre-1840) in April
Fall of Fort Ceremony in May
Scottish Highlanders Camp (1800s) 1st week of Feb.
Spring Trailride the 1st week of April
Thanksgiving trailride - Indian Day of Sharing - Fall
Summer Night - lst Saturday night in June
Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historical Park, in Limestone County on the Navasota River, is 77.1 acres in size. Attractions include historic buildings such as the 1872 Heritage House, an 1893 dance pavilion, as well as a Civil War, vintage, steel-barreled Val Verde cannon, two scenic footbridges that span Jack's Creek, a hiking trail, fishing, and boating/canoeing.
Herman's Hideaway Lodge (Thornton) 254-729-2441
Limestone Inn - 817-729-3017
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