Lynn Creek Park, Grand Prairie

Lynn Creek Park is a day-use only park located on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie.  Open from March – September, it’s a fun place to swim, boat, play and picnic!

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Photo courtesy of Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation

Know Before You Go

Park entry is FREE to Grand Prairie residents.

Entry fee to Lynn Creek Park also gives you day access to Loyd Park, just 4 miles away.

A yearly pass gives you access to Lynn Creek Park, Loyd Park and Britton Park in Mansfield.

Go on a weekday.  We really enjoy the beach on the weekdays, not so much on the weekends.  It’s just SO CROWDED!

NO LIFEGUARDS!!  Take a lifejacket for young and weak swimmers, and don’t take your eyes off your child, for even a minute!

Picnic Tables 

Picnic tables and grills are located all along the shoreline and throughout the park.  Arrive early on weekends and holidays, as it gets crowded.  It’s a GREAT place to have a get-together, where the kids can play!   For some fun tips and ideas on how to have a perfect picnic in the park from The Gardenista, click HERE!

Tired of hot dogs?  Click HERE to get some great new picnic recipes and ideas from Delish.com!

Swim Beach

Cool off in the roped off swim area.  Bring plenty of sunscreen and life jackets for young and weaker swimmers, as there are NO LIFEGUARDS!  Floats, tubes and water toys are allowed, so go ahead and purchase that 10′ party tube at Costco this Spring!

White sand from the Gulf Coast was brought in for the beach, so bring your sand toys, too!  Click HERE to see Parents Magazine’s list of the Best Beach and Sand Toys!

Spring winds off the lake can make you think you’re on the coast, so don’t forget to bring your kite!  Take it up a notch with a fun stunt kite from Big Mike’s Kites!  They sell online or you can visit their incredible store in Allen, TX!  Click HERE for the link!

Playground

Your kids will love the big playground near the Swim Beach.  There is also a sand volleyball court, making this a great place to spend the day!  Tables are first come but pavilions can be rented through the city of Grand Prairie.

Dogs

Ah, if only North Texas was as pup-conscious as our State Capital!  Austin has plenty of off-leash parks with lake access for water-lovin’ dogs, but sadly they are few and far between here.  Lynn Creek Park does welcome your furr-babies, but they must remain on a leash and not at the playground or swim beach.  Thankfully, there are still plenty of tables along the shoreline where you, your pet and nature can all be together!  PLEASE PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET!!!!

Grand Prairie DOES have an off-leash dog park, Central Bark.  Click HERE to visit their website.

Geocaching

We’re always a little disappointed that Lynn Creek Park does not have ANY geocaches, but there are several hidden along the Joe Pool Dam Trail (outside the park), and over 25 at nearby Loyd Park, also a Grand Prairie Lakes Park. Click HERE to read more about Loyd Park.

New to geocaching?  It’s a fun, terrific family activity, that is almost completely FREE and a great way to get outside and explore your town, community and state!  Click HERE and visit Geocaching.com to learn more!

Green Meadows Farms

The park is open seasonally from March – September, but re-opens each October for Green Meadows Farms, a petting zoo.

cimg0032[1]From Thanksgiving to January the park is lit up with thousands of Christmas lights for Prairie Lights, a drive-thru light show and Santa’s Village.  Click HERE to read more about Prairie Lights.

To Do Near Lynn Creek Park 

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The Oasis Restaurant

The only restaurant on Joe Pool Lake, the Oasis is a busy and lively place anytime the sun is shining!  Enjoy a casual lunch or dinner with either a lake view or on their outdoor patio!  Live music on weekends all summer long.    The Oasis underwent flooding during 2015, but is set to reopen on March 1, 2016.  

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Lynn Creek Marina

Not part of Lynn Creek Park, the marina is located just west of Lynn Creek Park and is one of only two marinas on the lake.  A one-stop shop, you can purchase swimwear, life jackets, wake boards and other water toys, as well as fishing rods, reels and accessories.  They also sell fishing license.

Get out on the lake!  Lynn Creek Marina offers a variety of rentals, including ski boats, pontoon boats, jet skis and paddleboards!

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Catch a whopper at their enclosed fishing facility, allowing you to fish inside or out, and is open 24 hours a day. Live bait such as minnows and worms, can be purchased at the marina store.  Fees for up to 12 hours of fishing are $5.00/adults, $3.00 for children under 10, and $1.00 for any additional rods.  However, children under 14 can fish for free on Saturday with a paid adult!  A Texas fishing license is required for anyone 17 or older.

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Feed the Waterfowl and Fish

Bring some cup up grapes, apples or other fruit, which is healthier than bread, for the MANY ducks and water birds that live at Lynn Creek!  Most of these are coots, small black waterfowl easily distinguished by their white bills. During the winter, there are always migrating seagulls around, and it’s fun to throw the food up and see if they can catch it, just like at the beach!  During warmer weather, the lake is full of HUGE carp that make the water appear to boil when they eat!  You can feed the ducks and fish without any purchase.

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Lake Ridge Golf Center

Bring your clubs for after-dinner fun on the driving range.  While you’re there, mention how INCREDIBLE it would be if they cleaned up and re-opened the mini-golf course!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Loyd Park

Cabin, RV and tent camping, fishing, boat ramp, kayak rentals, a paddling trail, a hiking and equestrian trail and a mountain bike trail.  Click HERE for more information.

More to do in Grand Prairie

Lone Star Park makes horse racing fun for all ages, even if you just like to go watch the horses!  Click HERE to read more.

Grand Prairie Air Hogs is a fun, minor league team with great daily promotions, a playground, swimming pool and lots of fun for the family!  Click HERE to read more.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Louis Tussauds Palace of Wax is an interesting and fun place to visit, but beware the Horror Chamber!  Click HERE for more information.

The National Pow-Wow Championship at Traders Village takes place each September.  Click HERE for more information.


Lynn Creek Park 

5700 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie

Click HERE to visit their website. 


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