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Richland Chambers Lake

Richland Chambers Lake, also called Richland Chambers Reservoir, is located in Navarro and Freestone counties and is approximately 45,000 surface acres in size, making it Texas 3rd largest inland lake. The reservoir is fed by Chambers Creek to the north and Richland Creek to the southwest. This Texas Lake was constructed in the early 1980s by Tarrant Regional Water District as a Fort Worth area water supply. It is also notably the youngest lake in Texas. Richland Chambers Lake has an average water depth of 25 feet and a maximum depth of 85 feet with 330 miles of shoreline. The Texas Legislature adopted a planning and zoning commission to help with development plans in and around the lake, which makes Richland Chambers Lake the only lake to have a distinction that allows for controlled development of communities along the shoreline. All waterfront communities must follow deed restrictions and Homeowners Association guidelines, additionally most waterfront property owners are allowed to have their own boathouse if desired. An architectural control committee ensures that the community continues with the same high standards it established just over 20 years ago.

Cities located closest in proximity to Richland Chambers Lake include Corsicana, Kerens, Mildred, Eureka, Richland, Streetman and Fairfield.

Numerous recreational opportunities exist at Richland Chambers Lake including water skiing, boating, fishing, sailing, and bird watching. Public boat ramps and public camping are available at several locations around Richland Chambers Lake, along with live bait shops and marinas.

Fishing at Richland Chambers Lake is excellent for catfish, crappie, white bass, and hybrid striped bass. Largemouth bass and sunfish are also bountiful. Most anglers look for vegetation and clear water for catches of largemouth bass. The lake produces abundant crappie (both black and white), and is considered one of the best lakes for this type of fish. Crappie catches are most productive near bridge crossings and in the woodsy areas in the upper Richland and Chambers creek arms.

Located near the Trinity River, which itself is a natural flyway for wintering water fowl, Richland Chambers Lake is an excellent place for bird watching. One can expect to see ducks, geese, teal, pelicans, Bald Eagles, and more during late fall and winter months.

Richland Chambers Lake, admittedly one of Texas “Best Kept Secrets”, is still widely unknown and uniquely underdeveloped in relation to other lakes of the same caliber. That being a factor, purchasing property on Richland Chambers Lake during this very early phase of construction is a great investment opportunity. Don’t miss out!!

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Tips for Safe Boating
with your Pet

Before hitting the lake with your pet, be sure to take necessary provisions to ensure that your pet's trip is a happy and safe one.

  • Identification Tag: Make sure your pet has a collar with an identification tag. Include contact information, including marina address.
  • Familiarization with the Boat: It is best to gradually introduce your pet to your boat and the water. Let your pet explore the boat while it is docked before going out on the water. Turn on the engine and let them get used to its sound, smell, and feel while the boat is docked. Then, take your pet out on small cruises and gradually build up to longer cruises.
  • Safe & Easy Boat Access: Provide a special pet ramp for your pet to get on and off the boat. This not only includes from the dock to the boat but also from the water to the boat. Pets weigh much more wet than dry and it can be very difficult to lift them back into your boat after a swim.
  • Flotation Device: A personal flotation device (a.k.a. life jacket) can also ensure safety while on the water. Not all pets can swim (including some dogs). Even if your pet is a good swimmer, getting tossed overboard can put any animal into a panic. In addition, your pet could suffer from exhaustion or hypothermia. Many pets also fall into the water from the dock or while trying to get from the dock to the boat. Having your pet equipped with a floatation device with a lifting handle makes retrieving your pet much easier and safer. Help your pet get used to the PFD by first practicing at home for short periods of time. Start by putting the PFD on your pet and let them walk around with it on. The next step is to let your pet swim with it on for a short period. It's a new experience for your pet so it's important for them to get used to it before the boat trip.
  • Proper Hydration & Staying Cool: Pets do not sweat, so keep an eye out for heavy panting or drool and a rapid heart beat. Protect pets from heat by providing some shade on the boat, providing plenty of water and keeping the deck cool to protect paw pads. Bring along a travel water bowl and fresh water. It is critical to hydrate pets before they get into the water. Otherwise, they will drink the natural water and may get sick.
  • Health Records: If your boating destination is a marina or place that you're not familiar with, be sure to bring along a copy of vaccination and health records. Some places may require proof of immunization before letting pets explore on land.
  • Call Ahead: While most marinas and parks welcome pets, there are some that aren't pet-friendly. Be sure to call ahead so you’ll know.

Email Lynn Gatlin

Lynn Gatlin, Realtor
Baumgartner Realty
208 South Spikes Road
Corsicana, Texas 75110

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