Richland Chambers Reservoir is 43,000 acres and is good for fishing, but there isn't much else to do on the lake. The terrain is flat and there aren't any big coves for skiing or swimming. There are a number of new housing developments with lakefront property.
We look for some calm water for skiing down by the dam or in a small cove just south west of the Highway 287 bridge. Watch out for stumps if you plan on boating this lake during the drought of 2006. After skiing, we typically swim, eat, and play games.
If the water is up, you can boat over to Bull Frogs Restaurant and Sports Bar (just south west of the Highway 287 bridge) for lunch, diner, and music. If the water is down, you can beach or anchor the boat and walk. During the summer, Bull Frogs is pretty lively. Your site at Southport Marina is only 300 yards to Bull Frogs, so you should be able to find your way home after partying.
Corsicana is 15 miles west and you can visit Gander Mtn. for outdoor gear; the world famous Collin Street Bakery that has been baking goodies and fruitcakes (the only fruitcake that was granted the rare New York Gourmet Society Culinary Merit Award) since 1896; the Lefty Frizzell Country Music Museum; the Pearce Collections Museum; or Pioneer Village which is a restoration of houses and buildings form the mid 1800s.
If you’re really bored or you want to buy some lake front property, you can visit or tour some of the lake properties (ie, The Shores being promoted by former Cowboy Randy White is 500 yards down the road from Southport Marina) being developed all around Richland Chambers.
If you like golf, check out the Golfing Texas section of Texas Outside. We haven't validated the two listed Corsicana courses. North on highway 45 about 30 minutes is one of our favorites, Old Brickyard -- there is a review of this course on Texas Outsides' Golfing Texas.
About 15 minutes away is Rural Shade ATV Ranch which is an 1800 acre ATV park and campground. Multiple times a year they have a number of different events like ATV mud racing.