Grapevine Lake is a reservoir in the North Texas region of the United States, approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Dallas and northeast of Fort Worth. The Trinity River was dammed in 1952 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, which dammed Denton Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River.
Among the reservoir’s principal functions are flood control and serving as a municipal water reservoir, with a secondary duty of providing recreation and open space areas as an afterthought. The name of the lake is derived from the nearby city of Grapevine, Texas, which is where the lake is located.
The lake is surrounded by a slew of parks. Some of the parks are owned, leased, or managed by members of the local community, while others are privately owned. Others are still under the supervision of the Corps of Engineers. Natural surface paths, including nature, bike, and horse trails, are found across the area, totaling 30 miles (50 km).
The Northshore trail, which is nine miles (14 kilometers) long, the Rocky Point trail, which is three miles (5 kilometers) long, the Crosstimbers horse trail, which is eight kilometers (five miles) long, and the Knob Hill trail, which is four kilometers (six kilometers) long are among the trails listed by the Corps of Engineers.
The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, white crappie, channel catfish, and alligator gar. Largemouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, white crappie, channel catfish, and alligator gar are all found in the lake. Generally speaking, fishing rules for the majority of species are governed under statewide regulations. There is one exception, which is a slot limit on largemouth bass of 14 to 18 inches (36 to 46 cm) (46 cm).
The daily bag limit for all species of black bass is five in any combination, regardless of species. Murrell Park, a popular place for catching sand and black bass on the north coast, was severely damaged by the flooding that occurred in the summer of 2007 and was forced to close in part.
Public hunting is permitted on Corps of Engineers land, which is located at the north-west end of the lake and is accessible only with a valid hunting license and hunting permit during the season. Hunting for waterfowl and small game, as well as bow hunting for feral hogs and deer, is allowed. The state of Texas issues hunting licenses, and a separate permission from the United States Army Corps of Engineers is required for some types of hunting.