Lake Worth - Paddling

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For over 100 years, the people of Fort Worth, Texas have been drawn to the cool waters of Lake Worth. Located just north of the bustling downtown district, Lake Worth provides both urban and suburban people in the area many types of outdoor recreation opportunities.

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Aaron Stavinoha


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Destination Distance From Downtown

39.8 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

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All Seasons

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits


Day use fees, no more than $10 per day, vary on put in point.

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The City of Fort Worth has many big plans for Lake Worth coming in the near future to make this spot even more attractive to local outdoor enthusiasts. Soon it will be connected to the Trinity Trails system, and development of parks around the lake will offer locals even more green space to enjoy.

What Makes It Great

Although it’s located rather close to a large urban landscape, the lake and its surroundings resemble a remote area in the west. Local native trees like Post Oak, Black Jack Oak, and Juniper Trees line its shorelines, as well as the occasional cactus one will see as they head west from Fort Worth. Because of its slender and winding form, the lake has a lot of secluded spaces to paddle. The north side of the lake offers many arms of the lake to explore. If you paddle far enough north, you’ll come to the West Fork Trinity River branch that feeds the lake. If you’re looking for a full day, heading to the south end will take you to the exit point of the West Fork Trinity River.

Although the waters can appear rather murky on a regular basis, its shallow waters provide an excellent medium for swimming and paddling. Fishing is also popular on the lake from boats and kayaks, as the many coves offer cover to bass and catfish. Several islands dot the interior of the lake, and give the paddler something to explore while they rest their arms. Sheer cliffs thrust up from the waters at some points during your paddle, and offer a beautiful backdrop for paddling.

Who is Going to Love It

Paddlers of all skills levels will enjoy the waters of Lake Worth. Lake Side Paddle company offers numerous options for paddling the lake, and the drop in point is easily accessible. A gentle beach provides paddlers of all levels the opportunity to ease into the sport. The length of the lake and its various islands offer the enthusiast plenty of options for a good day of paddling.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There are 4 official drop in spots for boats and paddle boats. From north to south – Casino Park, Sunset Park, Lake Worth Marina, and Arrow ‘S’ Park. Lake Worth Marina Park is the most common drop in spot, as they offer rentals and other amenities close by. To reach the lake, take Loop 820 from the East or West of Forth Worth. This highway will run directly over the lake where you can veer off onto a city road and follow it to the park of your choice. Fees to park apply at all parks mentioned above, and vary in cost.

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