Make a Splash in Conroe

Wedgewood Forest is located just five miles from Houston’s aquatic playground — Lake Conroe. The 22,000-acre lake boasts 157 miles of gorgeous shoreline making it the perfect place to hike, picnic and enjoy all manner of water sports. Wondering where to start? We’ve put together a to-do list for you.

Drop a Line

Lake Conroe is one of the top fisheries in the United States. The lake offers the best hybrid bass fishing in the state, but you can also hook catfish, bluegill and crappies. Not sure where to start? Hire a fishing guide to get you to just the right fishing spots.

Float Your Boat

There are several marinas on the lake with modern boat slips and storage units. Public and private boat ramps are easily accessible. If you don’t own a boat, you can rent anything from a kayak to party barge. For a romantic dinner, opt for a dinner cruise. The Southern Empress is a 131-foot paddle boat. Bring your own dinner and picnic on the Lake Conroe Queen.

Hit the Beach

Two public access points are available for families wanting to take a dip. Lake Conroe Park spans 13 acres with multiple amenities including barbecue pits, picnic tables, restrooms, fishing piers, two pavilions that are available for rent, a multi-purpose field and sand volleyball court. Scott’s Ridge Swim Area is located on the northwest side of Lake Conroe. The area is located within Sam Houston National Forest and features three pavilions, picnic tables, fishing areas, parking and restrooms. It is open from April through September.

Take a Hike

Part of Lake Conroe lies near Sam Houston National Forest. Hikers love traversing the Lone Star Hiking Trail. Dubbed the “Jewel of Texas” it is a 96-mile-long hiking trail with an additional 32 miles of loop and crossover trails. Access points can be found around the lake. Be sure to bring your binoculars and a disposable camera to capture the wildlife you may spot.

Wastin’ Away in Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Lake Resort is located along the waterfront. The resort boasts 303 luxury suites and 32 waterfront cottages as well as approximately 80 boat slips. There’s also a luxury spa, golf course, 3-acre waterpark, pickleball and tennis courts, miniature golf course and a fitness center. There are discounts for Texas residents, or you can purchase a day pass to enjoy some of the amenities.

Dine Out

Once you finish your day of play be sure to check out Lake Conroe’s delicious waterfront restaurants. LandShark Bar & Grill offers up fantastic island-style food. Walden’s was the first restaurant on Lake Conroe and has been a hub for social activity ever since. Fajita Jack’s is family-friendly favorite. Akashi Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar is inventive and delicious. Papa’s on the Lake features great food, better drinks and an adult-only pool.

Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2021