About the State ParkAtlanta State Park is on the south shore of 20,300-acre Wright Patman Lake. Activities include: bicycling, boating, canoeing (rentals available), camping, fishing, hiking, geocaching, picnicking, bicycling, swimming (no lifeguard), birding, and nature study. There are 4.8 miles of hiking trails, including a .8-mile nature trail.
The 1,475-acre park features a dense pine and oak forest, attracting a variety of woodland birds including brown-headed nuthatches and pine warblers. Fall foliage displays can be impressive, as can the dogwoods blooming in spring. The lake attracts waterfowl such as buffleheads, ruddy ducks, American white pelicans, and double-crested cormorants. Birders may want review the field checklist of Birds of Atlanta State Park.
Anglers catch crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, catfish (channel, blue, and flathead), and several species of sunfish.
- Wright Patman Lake Current Water Level – U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS)
Archaeologists have found evidence of human occupation in the are dating back 12,000 years. More recently, the farming Caddo culture were dominant in the region, followed after the 1830s by Anglo settlers who also farmed the land.
Located on Wright Patman Lake about 11 miles northwest of Atlanta, Texas, and 18 miles southwest of Texarkana, Texas. The entrance to the park is on highway FM-1154 which becomes Park Road 42 inside the park.
Open 7 days a week year-round from 8 AM to 10 PM for day use activities.
Check for restricted park access before any trip.
A park entrance fee is charged per day — $3 per person for adults 13 years of age and older. (Listed fees may be inaccurate at certain times of year due to seasonal changes. Contact the park directly to confirm fees.)
Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.
Visit parks often? Learn about the $70 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts the passholder, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.
Reservations can also be made by calling TPWD’s Central Reservation System at
Check the Wild Texas Events Calendar for activities scheduled at the park.
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Official Contact Information
The State Park is managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
|Atlanta State Park – Wright Patman Lake
927 Park Road 42
Atlanta, TX 75551