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Ray Roberts Lake Wildlife Management Area
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Ray Roberts Lake Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 41,303 acre Wildlife Management Area was established after the completion of Ray Roberts Lake in 1987. The WMA property includes the 25,600 acre Ray Roberts Lake. The WMA is located in the Eastern Cross Timbers, a narrow strip of wooded terrain bordering the Blackland Prairies of north central Texas. Wildlife includes opossum, Mexican free-tailed bats, brown bats, beaver, plains pocket gopher, eastern gray squirrel, fox squirrel, eastern cottontail, white-tailed deer, nine-banded armadillo, raccoon, mink, striped skunk, gray fox, coyote and bobcats. Bird species include greater roadrunner, painted bunting, scissor-tailed flycatcher, hawks, woodpeckers, ducks, great blue heron, American white pelican, eastern screech owl and great horned owl. Wintering bald eagles are occasionally sighted. Snake species include copperhead, cottonmouth, bullsnakes, rat snakes and ribbon snakes. Year round WMA activities include hunting, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing. Visitors wanting to fish need not register at the WMA, but are encouraged to do so. The WMA has no potable water or facilities; restrooms and camping are available at Ray Roberts Lake State Park. (940) 627-5475.
 
Ray Roberts Lake Information:
Originally known as Aubrey Reservoir, the 25,600 surface acre Ray Roberts Lake was created on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River to provide water to the Cities of Dallas and Denton. The dam is located in Denton County. The 20 mile long lake was impounded in 1987, and has a maximum depth of 106 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leased the lake to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department who manages all lake facilities and lake activities. Facilities include the three units of Ray Roberts Lake State Park (Johnson Branch Unit, Isle Du Bois Unit, and the Jordan Unit), the Ray Roberts Lake WMA, satellite parks, and the 40 acre Elm Fork Nature Preserve. Lake Ray Roberts is located 10 miles north of Denton, Texas off FM 455. 
Ray Roberts Lake Location Map 
Current Ray Roberts Lake Level 
Ray Roberts Lake TPWD Public Access Facilities Map   
 
Trinity River:
The Trinity River rises in three principal branches, the East Fork, the Elm Fork, and the West Fork; a shorter and smaller fourth stream is named the Clear Fork. The East Fork of the Trinity River rises in central Grayson County and flows south seventy-eight miles, through Collin, Rockwall, Dallas, and Kaufman Counties, to the southwestern part of Kaufman County, where it joins the West Fork. The Elm Fork of the Trinity rises in eastern Montague County and flows southeast eighty-five miles, through Cooke and Denton Counties, to its confluence with the West Fork at the beginning of the Trinity River proper just north of Hampton Road, a mile west of downtown Dallas. The Clear Fork of the Trinity rises in northwestern Parker County and flows forty-five miles to join the West Fork of the Trinity at Fort Worth in central Tarrant County. From the junction of the East and West Forks the Trinity River Proper continues southeast, forming the boundaries between several Texas counties. It then cuts across northern Walker County to form a portion of the county line between Walker and Trinity counties and the county line between Trinity and San Jacinto, and San Jacinto and Polk Counties. At the northern county line of Liberty County the Trinity turns almost directly south, cutting across Liberty and Chambers Counties, to its mouth on Trinity Bay just west of Anahuac. The Trinity flows 423 miles from the confluence of the Elm and West Forks to the coast, making it the longest river having its entire course in Texas. In addition to several dams on the river’s tributaries, the Trinity is dammed just above Camilla in San Jacinto County to form Livingston Reservoir. Other river lakes include Grapevine Lake, Lavon Lake, Ray Roberts Lake, Lake Arlington, Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lewisville Lake. Cities located on the Trinity River include Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Garland, Irving, Richardson, Plano, Grand Prairie, Baytown, Mesquite, Camilla and Anahuac.
Clear Fork Fish Stocking History 
Trinity River Fish Stocking History
 
Ray Roberts Lake State Park Information:
This park is located on the banks of the 20 mile long, 25,600 acre Ray Roberts Lake, and consists of three units, the 1,397 acres Isle du Bois Unit, the 1,514 acres Johnson Branch Unit, the Sanger Unit and full service marina, and the 477 acre Jordan Unit and its beautiful Lone Star Lodge. The 20 mile long multiuse Ray Roberts Greenbelt Trail system follows the heavily wooded banks of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Ray Roberts Lake is in Denton, Cooke and Grayson counties. It was impounded on the Elm Fort of the Trinity River in 1987. Park wildlife includes Mexican free-tailed bats, brown bats, opossum, beaver, plains pocket gopher, eastern gray squirrel, fox squirrel, cottontail, white-tailed deer, nine-banded armadillo, raccoon, mink, striped skunk, gray fox, coyote, bobcat, lizards and snakes, such as copperhead, cottonmouth, bull snake, rat snake, and ribbon snake. The park hosts guided nature hikes and educational programs for school groups and other youth groups. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more park information, watch the Park Video.  The Johnson Branch Unit is located at 100 PW 4153 (FM 455), Valley View, Texas 76272, 10 miles east of IH-35. The Isle du Bois Unit is located at 100 PW 4137 (FM 3002), Pilot Point, Texas 76258, 7 miles east of IH-35.
 
Directions to Ray Roberts Lake WMA Office Access Point:
From Denton take I35 north 15 miles to FM 3002 (Lone Oak Road). Travel east approximately seven miles to the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park. The WMA office is located in the maintenance area.
 
Directions to the Ray Roberts Dam Area Access Point:
From Denton take IH-35 north ten miles to FM 455 at Sanger. Travel east approximately seven miles on FM 455. There are other access points around the lake. Contact the Area manager for more details. (940) 627-5475.