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TPWD News Release — Feb. 14, 2012

Lake Tawakoni State Park to Celebrate 10 years

Family Activities, Exhibitors, Re-enactors and Movie Night Scheduled for Park Event

WILLS POINT, TX—To celebrate 10 years of providing camping, hiking, fishing and outdoor recreation as the only state park facility on the east side of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Lake Tawakoni State Park is set to host a wide variety of family-oriented events on Saturday, Feb. 18.

The day’s activities will range from a kid’s Fun Fish for rainbow trout, which begins at 9 a.m. (advance registration required to reserve a spot), Dutch oven cooking demonstrations and blacksmithing, to a Pioneer Festival with doll making, an Old West gunfight re-enactment and live music.

There will also be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. to open the park’s new outdoor amphitheater, which will also host a Family Movie Night that evening, where visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket, and can purchase popcorn and drinks from the State Park General Store.

“It’s kind of hard to believe this park has already been here 10 years,” said Superintendent Donna Garde. “Just in that time, it has become a tradition for lots of folks to come out here regularly to fish, hike or just relax. And for the folks who haven’t experienced Lake Tawakoni State Park yet, maybe our anniversary event will be a good time for them to come out and visit and see what all we have to offer.”

The 376-acre state park facility boasts more than 75 developed campsites and is popular for access among boaters and anglers to the large, 36,000-acre reservoir of the same name that spans 200 miles of shoreline in Hunt, Rains and Van Zandt counties. But the park is perhaps best known for a unique, spontaneous giant labyrinth of spider webs that occurred in 2007, and was even filmed by National Geographic’s TV Show, Wild Case Files.

For more information, contact Lake Tawakoni State Park at (903) 560-7123, or visit the Web site at http://www.texasstateparks.org/.

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