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Great for Swimming, Tent Camping and More!

Choose from a wide variety of public use areas. Public lake areas are great for overnight tent camping, swimming, fishing, boat launching or just come for a day to have a picnic. Public Use Areas are managed by the Brazos River Authority (BRA). 

Click here to view a map of public use areas. -  Please note - Sandy Beach is day use only during peak season - mid-May - mid- September.

Click here to view the BRA website.

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BRA Public Use Area Rules

  • Bring your own charcoal or camp fuel. Cutting trees is not allowed. Firewood bundles area available at local convenience stores.
  • Keep your pets on a leash at all times - for your pet's safety and the safety of all visitors.
  • Check Out Times: for Day Users - 10pm.

Only BRA Areas that have a swimming area are noted below.  For complete camping information, visit the Tent Camping page.

BRA Area #1 – Scenic Cove - No fee.

3401 Scenic Point Road
Graford, Texas 76449
Located off Park Road 36, turn south on LaVilla Road. Approximately 30 campsites, boat ramp will accommodate all boat types, accessible at higher lake levels, courtesy boat dock, picnic areas with tables/shelters and grills, swimming area, and restrooms. No fee required. Open year-round.

BRA Area #2 – Downtown PK - No fee. NO WATER ACCESS.

1718 Park Road 36
Graford, Texas 76449
Located next to PK One-Stop on Park Road 36. Approximately 25 campsites, restrooms, no water access. No fee required. Open year-round.

BRA Area #3 - Boat Ramp

1775 FM 2951
Graford, Texas 76449
Boat ramp, handicap accessible restroom, courtesy dock, vehicle and boat trailer parking, free.  Open year-round.

BRA Area #4 North – North D & D - fee during weekends/peak season.

2051 FM 2951
Graford, Texas 76449
Located on FM 2951, on north side of road 1-1/3 miles after junction with Park Road 36. Approximately 75 campsites, boat ramp will accommodate all boat types, accessible at higher lake levels, courtesy dock, picnic areas with tables/shelters and grills/fire pits, swimming area, restroom and shower facilities, (handicap accessible) and a new kids playground area. $3/person day use fee on weekends and holidays  from mid-May to mid-September, children under 13 free. Tent camping fee is $10 per camp site per night. No day use or camp site fees on weekdays or during winter months. Open year-round.

BRA Area #4 South – South D & D - No fee.

2969 FM 2951
Graford, Texas 76449
Located off FM 2951, on south side of road, 1-1/3 miles after junction with Park Road 36. Approximately 50 campsites, boat ramp will accommodate all boat types, accessible at various lake levels, courtesy dock, picnic areas with tables, grills/fire pits, swimming area, fishing pier, restrooms (handicap accessible). No fee required. Open year-round.

BRA Area #5 – Bug Beach - No fee.

2760 Frontier Unit Road
Graford, Texas 76449
Located off FM 2951; take third paved road left after Public Use Area #4S. Approximately 100 campsites, boat ramp will accommodate all boat types, accessible at higher lake levels, courtesy dock, picnic areas with tables and grills/fire pits, swimming area, restrooms. No fee required. Open year-round.

BRA Area #6 – Sandy Beach

*ATTENTION - DAY USE ONLY - NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING at Sandy Beach location only during peak season - mid-May - mid-September.

2291 FM 2951
Graford, Texas 76449
Located at the west end of FM 2951. NO CAMPING AT SANDY BEACH - DAY USE ONLY during peak season - mid-May-mid-September boat ramp will accommodate all boat types, accessible at higher lake levels, courtesy dock, picnic areas with tables/shelter and grills/fire pits, swimming area, restrooms and shower facilities (handicap accessible) and a new kids playground area. $3/person day use fee on weekends and holidays from mid-May to mid-September, children under 13 free. No day use fees on weekdays or during winter months. Open year-round.

BRA Area #7 – Brazos River Area - No fee.

200 Red Bluff Road
Graford, Texas 76449
Located below the dam off Hwy 16 South. Small boat river accesses by bridge at Hwy 16. Approximately 10 campsites, picnic areas with tables and grills, restrooms. No fee required. Open year-round.

BRA Area # 8 - West Side Public Ramp - No fee.

5465 FM 1148
Graham, Texas 76450
Located at the end of FM 1148-west side PK lake. Approximately 5 campsites, boat ramp will accommodate all boat types, accessible at higher lake levels. No fee required. Open year-round.