Lake Ray Hubbard is a 35-square mile, 21,671 acre reservoir located within Dallas, Rockwall, Collin and Kaufman Counties. It measures about 8 miles long, from Collin Co. in the north to Kaufman Co. in the south; and about 4 miles wide, from Rockwall and Heath in Rockwall County on its eastern shores to Rowlett, Garland and Sunnyvale in Dallas County on its western shores. Two forks spread several miles northwest into Rowlett (see  map below).

It was designed and made in 1968 when the East Fork Trinity River was impounded by the two-mile long Rockwall-Forney Dam on the south side of the lake to provide water to the North Texas region. In 1969 the dam was completed and by 1970 the lake reached its maximum design extent. Its maximum depth is 40 feet.

The lake was named after Ray Hubbard, who presided over the Dallas Parks and Recreation System board from 1943 to 1972, after the city of Dallas incorporated it.

The lake is well known for excellent boating, sailing and fishing. It contains a large population of hybrid striped bass, white bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, and white crappie. The largest fish ever caught here was a 65 lb. flathead catfish in 1992. A 61 lb. blue catfish was caught in 2007.

Because of its location in a densely populated area, the lake is crossed by several bridges and causeways. The most significant is Interstate 30, with six lanes on a 2.9-mile (4.7 km) causeway that bisects the lake.  

The 1.8-mile State Highway 66 bridge was constructed in the 1970s and twinned in the late 1980s, joining Rowlett and Rockwall. There is also a railway bridge operated by Union Pacific, which crosses the Muddy Creek inlet and joins the I-30 causeway.

There are five marinas and six additional boat ramps for use around the lake:

Marinas:

Chandler’s Landing Marina (Rockwall)

  • From I-30 in Rockwall, take Ridge Rd. exit, drive south on Ridge Rd. and follow to Henry M. Chandler Dr. Turn right and follow street down the hill to lake and marina.
  • Two-lane concrete ramp with a maximum parking capacity of 50
  • $5.00 launch fee required
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated (972) 771-8865
  • Boat & jet ski rentals available

Harbor Bay Marina (Rockwall)

  • From I-30 in Rockwall, take the Horizon/Ridge Road exit and head north towards Lakeside Village. Just before entering Lakeside Village, turn left at Windjammer Way and follow to lake.
  • Two-lane concrete ramp with a maximum parking capacity of 50
  • $12 launch fee required
  • Fishing barge available
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated (972) 771-0071

Bayview Marina (Rowlett)

  • From I-30 in Rockwall, cross Lake Ray Hubbard and take the Dalrock Rd. exit. At the traffic light, turn left, circle around and enter Robertson Park on Cooke Dr. Turn right and follow Launch circle around and you’ll see the Marina on the right.
  • Two ramps, 6 lanes total, with parking for 150 vehicles
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated (972) 412-1977

Marina Del Ray (Garland)

  • From I-30 in Rockwall, head west towards Dallas and cross the lake. Take the Roan Rd. exit and head north/turn right and turn right again on Rowlett Rd. Just before you reach the lake, turn left into the Marina.
  • Two-lane concrete ramp, usable unless lake drops 7 feet below normal level
  • $6/day fee or annual permit required
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated (972) 240-2020

Boat Ramps:

State Highway 66 Boat Ramp (Rockwall)

  • From Texas State Highway 66 (Rusk St.) in Rockwall, head east to just before you reach the bridge and turn into the park.
  • Two-lane concrete ramp with a maximum parking capacity of 50
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by City of Rockwall

Terry Park Boat Ramp (Heath)

  • From I-30 in Rockwall, take Ridge Road (FM 740) south to Smirl (FM1140), turn right on Terry Lane and then head west to the Park and ramp.
  • Two-lane concrete ramp with a maximum parking capacity of 20
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by City of Heath (972) 771-6228

Lakeside Boat Ramp (Rowlett)

  • From I-30 in Rockwall, head west across the lake. Take the Dalrock Rd. exit and head straight onto Cooke Rd. into Robertson Park. Turn right on Cooke Dr. and left on Pecan Rd. to the marina.
  • Two-lane concrete ramp with a maximum parking capacity of 25
  • $6 launch fee required
  • Enclosed fishing barge
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated (972) 475-3824

Captain’s Cove Marina (Garland)

  • From I-30 in Rockwall, head west towards Dallas and cross the lake. Take the Chaha Rd. exit north to Zion and turn left to the Park.
  • Four concrete boat lanes with parking for up to 50 vehicles
  • $10 launch fee required
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated (972) 226-7100

John Paul Jones Park (Garland)

  • From I-30 in Rockwall, head west towards Dallas and cross the lake. Take the Chaha Rd. exit north to Zion and turn left to the Park.
  • Four concrete boat lanes with parking for up to 50 vehicles
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by City of Garland (972) 205-2750

Robertson Park Boat Ramps – 2 (Dallas)

  • From I-30 in Rockwall, cross Lake Ray Hubbard and take the Dalrock Rd. exit. At the traffic light, turn left, circle around and enter Robertson Park on Cooke Dr. Turn right and you will find one boat ramp. Follow around the one-mile Launch circle and you’ll find the other ramp after you pass the Marina.
  • Two ramps, 6 lanes total, with parking for 150 vehicles
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by City of Dallas (214) 670-8061
  • Boat gas available at privately-operated BayView Marina


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