An unique tourist getaway, Gun Barrel City offers several main access points to the beautiful Cedar Creek Reservoir, the fourth largest lake in Texas, and is the retail center for the entire lake’s population. Only 50 miles from downtown Dallas, or 75 miles from DFW Airport, Cedar Creek Reservoir covers 1,000 square miles and has 320 miles of shoreline, making Gun Barrel City an ideal weekend getaway for Dallas-Fort Worth residents. Houston residents also have been known to make the drive up i-45 for boating and fishing activities.
The tourism industry on Cedar Creek Reservoir supports a selection of long-standing marinas and ports that offer boat and jet ski rentals, fishing tours, and other lake recreational services. Tom Finley Park offers one of many public-access beaches ideal for swimming, parties, and picnics.
Birdwatching - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department maintains three islands on Cedar Creek Reservoir, totaling 160 acres, as a wildlife management area for aquatic birds.
The Lakeplex area also offers recreation in the form of multiple world-class golf courses, hunting, country clubs, arcades, a bowling alley, paintball, a go-carts course, Purtis Creek State Park, farm tours, wineries, a brewery, an MX course, and the Cedar Creek Dragway.
In addition to the Reservoir’s massive size and year-round recreational opportunities, a broad range of entertainment options entice tourists, retirees, and weekenders to choose Cedar Creek Reservoir over other nearby vacation hubs. Gun Barrel City has an 8-auditorium/screen film theatre, a skate park, entertainment venues, and live music.
Annual festivities attract thousands of attendees - Thunder over Cedar Creek Lake is a stunning aerial acrobatics show that features jet fighter planes and fireworks and is the primary sponsor for the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation. July Fest features nationally celebrated musical acts, such as Vanilla Ice, as well as a carnival. Every winter, the Gun Barrel City Christmas Parade and Fireworks Show brings together families from counties over.
Travelers to the Lakeplex can choose from a wide variety of lodging options from year-round cabins, to RV parks, bed-and-breakfasts, budget motels, hotels, Vrbo, and Airbnb.