Thousand Trails is one of the largest and most successful private camping clubs in the country. A membership in Thousand Trails basically means that you have unlimited free camping for life at any of the over 80 Thousand Trails Preserves as well as restricted camping rights at hundreds of reciprocal campgrounds for an initial fee and a small annual maintenance fee. Each park is called a Preserve because Thousand Trails does an excellent job of preserving and protecting nature and the beauty of the environment for its members. Each of the Thousand Trails campgrounds provides a high quality private camping experience (clean, secure, affordable, and fun) with resort style amenities. You can visit a Preserve for a fun weekend with your family and friends or camp for weeks, touring the country enjoying the Thousand Trails hospitality from coast to coast.
The Thousand Trails Lake Texoma Preserve is located on the southwestern side of Lake Texoma on the west side of the Big Mineral Arm of the lake. The Preserve is about 95 miles north of Dallas and 30 miles from Gainesville and Sherman. This 300 acre preserve has private access to a well-protected cove of Lake Texoma and has plenty of activities to keep you and the kids busy for days. The terrain is flat to gently rolling and well treed, the park is very well maintained, the facilities are clean, and the staff is extremely friendly and focused on ensuring your stay is fun and trouble-free.
Although Thousand Trails Lake Texoma Preserve is a private membership only campground, they offer a free 3 day 2-night stay to anyone who is interested in exploring the park and considering a membership. You will have access to all of the amenities and Thousand Trails will take you on a 90 tour of the park and explain all of the benefits of membership.
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In a typical weekend, it is hard to take advantage of all of the amenities of Lake Texoma Preserve. We like to start the day by launching the boat and enjoying the lake for skiing and then head over to the islands and spend some time swimming, socializing, and enjoying the great sandy beaches. We will usually enjoy dinner, drinks, and music at Pompano's Restaurant & Club - however, on this trip it was closed due to the 2007 flood.
Back at the campground we organize a grid and start a round of fun and competitive games including: volleyball (round up some other campers to help make a full team); shuffleboard, pickle ball, and miniature golf. Then it's over to the pool to cool off and relax.
Depending on who's playing, we will head across the border to the Last Chance for music and nightlife or go to Winstar to loose some money, listen to the music, enjoy the food, or play golf. On our recent trip to Thousand Trails we played golf at Buncombe Golf Course - read the review of the course - a fun, challenging, and pretty 9 hole course about 15 minutes away.
Another advantage of an extended stay at Thousand Trails Lake Texoma is the wide variety of things to see and do within 50 miles, some of which include:
- there are several golf courses nearby - check the Texas Outside Golf Map to find them - the closest are Buncombe and Northern Challenge, the best are Chickasaw Pointe in Kingston and Turtle Hill in Muenster
- if you saved you money, go gambling at either WindStar or Choctaw Casino in Durant
- still have some money left, then go shopping at the Gainesville Factory Shops or any of the Frisco mega malls
- go to Bailey's Berry Patch and pick a basket of delicious blueberries or blackberries
- go birding watching or fishing at Hagerman National Wildlife Preserve
- visit the Gainesville Zoo
- attend one of the local events or ranch events which include horse shows, rodeos, and more
- go fishing to catch a trophy or dinner, check here for a local fishing guide
- rent a boat or waverunner and enjoy the lake, here is a list where you will find rentals
If Pelican's Landing Waterfront Restaurant is open (they had water from the 2007 flood to the top of the roof and were rebuilding), they have excellent food. Talk to the local Preserve staff and they can provide you with information and recommendations on what to see and do, where to eat, and more. Visit the Lake Texoma website or the Sherman website to find more things to see and do . Enjoy!