Wood, County, Texas is home to some of the finest lakes in the nation; yet there is More…beyond the lure of big fish!
The lakes of Wood County are just one of myriad of signature attractions as a gateway for Great Living, Shopping, Working or Relaxing in the piney woods of East Texas. Excellent accommodations, sites to see, professional fishing guides, dining and restaurants, wineries, arts, theater and live entertainment, music, golf, nature trails, (walking, hiking, biling & equestrian), farmers markets, surrounding area shopping, history and so much more… make Lake Fork and the Lakes of Wood County a must destination!
Fisherman are not the only folks getting hooked on the Lakes of Wood County. There’s always something big happening, from site-seeing historic architecture and museums to an arts scene buzzing with fine art, folk art, and live art. And if it’s music you love, catch one of our many live performances and festivals. So if you’re looking for a little more, check out the charm of Wood County. Texas. It’s good fun, way beyond the lure of big fish!
Things To Do In Wood County
The Links at Land’s End
Lake Fork Golf Course
Holly Lake Ranch Golf Course
Mineola Country Club
Creekside Mini Golf
Lake Fork is the “Big Bass Capital Capital of Texas”
Popular Fishing Species at Lake Fork: Largemouth Bass, Yellow Bass, Bluegills, The Redear, White Crappie, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Common Carp, Smallmouth Buffalo
16” – 24” slot length limit
(No fish kept between 16”-24”), 5 fish daily bag limit of which only 1 fish 14” or greater may be retained each day per angler.
Black & WhIte Crappie
March-November 10” Minimum length limit, 25 fish daily bag limit
December-February No minimum length limit, 25 fish daily bag limit, All fish caught must be kept – No culling
18” minimum length limit, 5 fish daily bag limit
Blue Catfish & Channel Catfish
12” minimum length limit, 25 fish daily bag limit
White (sand) Bass
10” minimum length limit, 25 fish daily bag limit
One of the best kept secrets is the fantastic duck hunting. With its shallow coves and abundant, aquatic vegetation, Lake Fork attracts and sustains an excessive wealth of waterfowl.
The Mineola Nature Preserve on the Sabine River encompasses 2,911 acres located in Wood County, and is home to East Texas species of critters that can fly, walk, crawl, and slither, and home to more than 193 species of birds, numerous wildlife, buffalo, longhorn cattle, and a pristine wetlands environment. Imagine walking along a railroad bed built in the 1880s as you step back in history. Owned by the City of Mineola, this is part of a comprehensive development plan to protect our natural wildlife and habitat for future generations. This pristine area is an escape to the quiet of nature and the solitude of yesteryear.
With construction beginning in 2002, the Preserve is being constructed with matching grants from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and others and maintained by funding from the City of Mineola. Walking, hiking, biking, birding, wildlife viewing, equestrian trails (over 20 miles), fishing ponds, picnic areas, primitive camping areas, Recreational Vehicle Utility Connections at THE DERBY, two pavilions with restrooms, playground and educational opportunities abound. Don't miss the active beehive on Johnnie Bendy Trail that can be viewed behind safety glass. There is an abandoned rail bed that lends itself well to accommodate walkers, and a history of that era that romanticizes the area that is recognized by historical markers, such as the Hasinai Tribe of the Caddo Indian Nation. This area is an ideal corporate retreat with facilities to support either a short term or long term stay.
According to an article in the November (08) Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, this Preserve is in the top 15 city parks in the nation for its size. The goal is to make the list as a top 10 choice destination for educators, birders, hikers, bikers, equestrians, local, regional, and national groups. In many respects, the site is still in the visionary state, with both progress and plans continuing to develop.
Award-Winning Arts and Music
Winnsboro has gained a wide reputation as a center for music and the arts. Winnsboro Center for the Arts has just been beautifully renovated in the historic building at 200 Market St.
Winnsboro is one of the first of seven Cultural Arts District designations.
The non-profit Winnsboro Center for the Arts stages art shows and performances on The Bowery Stage in the WCA venue, as well as art classes and other events.
As one of the oldest, continuously operating theaters in Texas, the famous Select Theater, 114 N. Johnson St., is a true Texas (and Mineola) treasure. Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Hooks opened the Theater as a movie house in 1920, and the building retains much of its historical style and ambiance today. In 1978, a group of actors determined to bring live theater to the Lake Country area formed the Lake Country Playhouse. They purchased the Theater in 1993, ensuring that Mineola would continue to have a movie theater and a venue for live theatrical and musical productions. The Playhouse produces four live plays each year---one in each season---and shows first -run movies each weekend. Patrons especially love the summer musicals and popular Christmas shows. The Theater is also home to the Lake Country Symphonic Band (formally the Wood County Orchestra), which presents four scheduled performances during the year.
Bella Stella Winery
Grand Oaks Vineyards & Winery