It’s that time of year again where we all get a free Monday off of work! But jokes aside, Monday, May 31 is Memorial Day. And while the holiday celebrates and honors military personnel who have died while serving, many take to the water since the weather is (finally) warm enough. 

So, if you’re looking for a lake that isn’t too far from home, here are five North Texas Lakes where you can spend your Memorial Day weekend with family and friends.

Lake Cypress Springs

Known as the “best kept secret in Texas,” Lake Cypress Springs is truly one of many hidden gems in North Texas. And it’s only a two-hour drive from the Dallas area — just far enough to stay overnight if you want. So, if you’re into camping, there’s plenty of ways to do so at Lake Cypress Springs with its rental cabins and RV parks. There are also hiking trails — Lake Bob Sandlin Trails and Daingerfield State Park Trails — for those of you who love a good hike. 

On Cypress Creek in the Cypress River Basin 15 miles northwest of Pittsburg in Franklin County |

Marina at eagle mountain lake. | courtesy of eagle mountain lake’s website

Eagle Mountain Lake

Hiker’s beware — if you’re looking for a lake that offers incredible hiking, then here it is. Eagle Mountain Lake, located 15 miles north of downtown Fort Worth, has tons of hiking trails around the lake. But aside from hiking, Eagle Mountain Lake is also a great place for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and recreational boating. 

On the West Fork Trinity River, just north of Fort Worth and Lake Worth in Tarrant County |

Cedar Creek Lake

Do you like llamas? Weird question, I know. But at Cedar Creek Lake’s Llamaland Ranch campground, you can hangout with llamas for the day. Cedar Creek Lake is the fourth largest lake in Texas. And, on top of that, it’s only about 50 miles southeast of downtown Dallas. The lake offers fishing, boating, golf courses and a fun park to name just a few things.

15 miles west of Athens in the area between US 175 and Texas 274 |

Lake travis. | courtesy of lake travis’ website

Lake Travis

This lake is one of those tried and true places that you know you’ll have a great time at. With everything from fishing, camping, boating, diving, flyboarding, sailing, water parks and wakeboarding, Lake Travis is truly for those who like to have a lot to do. And around the lake, there is entertainment ranging from live music to wineries to golf courses. 

On the Colorado River northwest of Austin in Travis and Burnet counties |

Lake Grapevine

I grew up going to Lake Grapevine, and I can attest that it’s a great place for a boat party. And it has just about everything you could ask for — hiking/biking trails, parks, camping, fishing, boating, kayaking, cabin rentals and much more. Oh, and did I mention there’s a floating water park located in Meadowmere Park on the lake, too? Yes — it’s just as fun as it sounds!

On Denton Creek, a tributary of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in Tarrant and Denton Counties, just north of the City of Grapevine |

Bailey Lewis

Bailey Lewis is a content journalist at Local Profile. She recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma and served as The OU Daily's news editor and enterprise editor. Previously, she was a summer...