Aquilla Lake Recreation Area
Hillsboro, Texas (Hill County)

About the Nature Preserve / Wilderness Park

There are three public boat ramps located on the shores of 3,280-acre Aquilla Lake in Hill County. The boat ramps are: Dairy Hill, Old School and Tailrace. A public fishing pier is located below the dam.

In addition to boating, fishing and water sports, opportunities exist for: birding, hunting, nature study, water sports and wildlife viewing.


From Hillsboro, travel 5 miles south on Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35), then proceed west on FM 310 for 6 miles to the lake.
  • The Dairy Hill boat ramp is located on eastern lakeshore, near the southeast end of the bridge on FM 1947.
  • The Old School boat ramp is located on the western lakeshore. Take FM 933 and then follow FM 2127.
  • The Tailrace boat ramp is located below the dam, accessible via Highway 310.

The nearest major Texas cities are: Abilene, Austin, Dallas

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31.896883° Latitude    -97.203033° Longitude (WGS84/NAD83; decimal degrees)
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Open 7 days a week year-round.


There is no entrance fee for the park, and no fee for lake access.

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Official Contact Information

The Nature Preserve / Wilderness Park is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Aquilla Lake Recreation Area
Hillsboro, TX
Telephone: (254)694-3189