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Lake Bonham Recreation Area

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  1. Boat Ramp
  2. Camping Spots
  3. Enclosed Event Center
  4. Fishing Dock
  5. Lakeside Store
  6. Pavilion
  7. Playground
  8. Public Beach
  9. Trails

Lake Bonham is a 1,020-acre recreation destination in the Prairies and Lakes Region of northern Texas, just south of the Texas-Oklahoma border in Fannin County. It is located 3 miles northeast of Bonham on Recreation Road 3 off FM 273. The lake was created in 1969 by the City of Bonham. There is a double-wide launch ramp for boats, an enclosed heated/cooled event center, an open pavilion for parties, a public beach for swimming and a dock for fishing, a playground for the kids, and many lovely camping spots very reasonably priced. There are biking/hiking trails for the hardy and plenty of shade for sitting and cooling off.

If you are interested in renting the pavilion or event room, call the Lake Manager John Thomas at 903-227-7510. Reserve a campsite online.

Bonham City Lake Recreation Area:

  • Located on the south shore at the east end of the lake. Take FM 273 northeast of Bonham and turn east on Recreation Road 3
  • The ramp will accommodate all boat types
  • Boat permit required, purchase at TXB on FM 273 and from lake manager
  • Fishing pier available
  • Open all year

North Ramp:

  • Located approximately 2 miles north of Recreation Road 3 off FM 273. Turn onto Fannin County Road 2524 and follow to Boat Ramp Road. (At one time, 2524 was labeled North Boat Ramp Road.)
  • The ramp will accommodate all boat types
  • Boat permit required
  • Open January - November

House for Rent

7500 Lake Bonham Drive - 3 bedroom, 2 bath, central heat and air, 2 car garage. $2,000 per month with $1,000 deposit. A rental application may be obtained from Bonham City Hall, 514 Chestnut Street Bonham, TX 75418, and returned to the same. Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2022, at 3 pm. Applications will be reviewed at that time. The house will be available for move-in on October 1.

Lake Bonham Ordinances

The City of Bonham has established rules and regulations for the Lake Bonham Recreation Area which are intended to keep visitors safe and maintain a pleasant environment for everyone. See the Reservation Guidelines (PDF).

Please Note: A boating permit is required for all watercraft on Lake Bonham. All boats are required to have a current Bonham Lake permit. Permits can be purchased at TXB on FM 273 and from the lake manager. 

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