I agree with CD – CapnSantiago summed up the area pretty well.
My least favorite in the Metroplex. It’s too small and boring (only my opinion) and it does seem so suffer the most during droughts. The same goes for Joe Poole Lake which is where I picked up our boat. Both have great restaurants with attached docks but that’s about it . . . in my opinion.
Lake Ray Hubbard:
Great lake! I do most of my windsurfing there. Dennis Conner was there racing a J24 a few years ago. Chandlers Landing is a really nice Marina and club on the North end by I-30. Chandler’s also has ASA and US Sailing schools on site. Rush Creek Yacht Club on the South end is really nice
too. They race scows - a lot of them! My favorite on Hubbard. As far as Racing goes this lake (my opinion) has the best collection of racing sailors in the Metroplex.
White Rock Lake:
I learned to sail on this lake in our Coronado 15 in the 70’s. It’s a small shallow lake with a long history in the center of Dallas. Great small boat racing here with Butterfly’s, Lasers, C-15’s, and Flying Scots. One of the Laser racers on White Rock is a former world champion. RC Sailboat racing is also big here.
Feeds Lake Ray Hubbard from the North. It’s a big lake with only two marinas. Collin Park being the largest. Collin Park Has a great group of sailors and some of the best parties around. We sail there because it’s right next door and also where we keep the wakeboard boat. The restaurant . . . well . . . lets just leave that one alone. Lavon would be too far to be worth it from Grapevine anyway.
If I lived in Grapevine I’d sail Lake Lewisville. There are a lot of Sailboats on that lake. That’s where the big ones are in the Metroplex. Stumps are not a problem once you learn the layout. A fishing map of the lake on board will be good enough. Eagle Point Marina on the west side is huge with everything you could ever need . . . except for a West Marine. You’ll have to drive into Dallas or Cowtown for that. There is a nice Boaters World a few minutes away. Pier 121 is on the East Side, Another huge marina with the same stuff that Eagle Point has. There are actually several marinas on the lake but these are the main ones. Matt Meadows (a very experienced ocean sailor) has a US Sailing / ASA sailing school at 121 with several boats to rent. I think he still keeps his 41 Hinckley there but I’m not sure. He keeps it at Texoma sometimes. Matt’s a great guy to know.
This is the lake for the really really big boats. My favorite of all. It’s the best lake around! I got to race with a friend once (I was the green ballast) on a Bahama 30 out of Cedar Mills in the eighties. Great boat! The lake has several nice marinas and going from one to another is like a cruise. Cedar Mills is my favorite marina but Grand Pappy’s is really beautiful also. When Cheri and I move up we’ll keep the boat at Texoma until the last kid is out then it’s Galveston Bay! We rent bigger boats on the bay often. Kemah is only a 4.5 hour drive from Grapevine. I highly recommend the trip.
We currently sail a Chrysler 26. Boat and trailer weigh over 6500 pounds. I have a ˝ ton 2 wheel drive PU and have never had a problem at any ramp in Texas. They are (almost) all well built and maintained. Sailing the Bay is almost always good but here in North Texas in January and February? There are good days occasionally but generally . . . it sucks. Late July and August is a little light on wind. Late August and early September almost no wind . . . but . . . on the flip side it is scorching hot and humid.
Welcome to Big D!
Thanks to Grapevine We’re tied with Houston for seventh worst traffic congestion in the nation. You really will like it here though. Our boat is out of the water until March for a remodel. Get it touch if you don’t have a replacement boat by then. I’d love to show off the area sailing!
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