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Photo: LOVE
Status: Open through Tue Sep 30 2014   Season Dates


Love Park is on the southeastern shore of Bardwell Lake, less than an hour south of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in north-central Texas.

The lake has favorable fish and wildlife habitats, providing plenty of opportunities for fishing and hunting, and great locations for camping, boating and hiking. Deer, armadillo, rabbit, squirrel and a variety of bird species inhabit the area.

Natural Features:

The park is grassy and partially forested with plenty of open space where children can play. The lake's blue water provides a refreshing break from the Texas heat, while bright bluebonnets and other wildflowers surround the lakeshore each spring.


Many local fishermen consider Bardwell Lake one of the best kept secrets in the state. Bass fishermen seldom leave empty-handed. Crappie fishing is moderate, and catfish are usually excellent.

The lake has a marina with fishing piers, two of which are enclosed (a small fee is charged for the use of these facilities), and there are several designated hunting areas around the lake, including those for duck hunting.


Love Park offers one reservable group picnic pavilion that can accommodate up to 200 people. The facility also provides vault toilets, electric hookups, a volleyball court, pedestrian lake access, a trail to the swim area and a four-lane boat ramp.

Nearby Attractions:

Numerous amenities, as well as cultural and historical attractions, lie in the nearby cities of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnic Tables
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball Courts
Know Before You Go
  • This is a day use area; no overnight camping allowed.
  • The park is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; entrance stations close at 9 p.m.; a night exit is available for boaters.
  • Ground fires are not permitted.
  • A permit is required for special events or activities occurring in the park; applications must be submitted 10 days prior to the event; contact Bardwell Lake Office at 972-875-5711 for more information from Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Swimming pools are not allowed.
  • Nothing may be nailed to trees or other plants.
  • All vehicle passes must be returned to the gate house upon final departure and check-out.
  • Boats are subject to inspection for Zebra mussels, an invasive aquatic species; Click Here to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
32.2725, -96.645
32°16'21"N, 96°38'42"W

From Ennis, Texas: From Interstate 45, exit onto U.S. Highway 287 Bypass (exit #247). Travel 4.5 miles and exit at the Bardwell Lake exit sign. Turn left onto Highway 34 and go 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Lakeview Road. Travel 2.0 miles to the intersection of Beach Road. Make a slight turn to the right then proceed straight on Beach Road 0.4 miles to the park entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ENNIS TX 75119

Phone Number:

Information: (972)875-5711