Bonham Park

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Bonham State Park is a 261-acre (1.06 km2) state park located in Bonham, Texas (in Fannin County, northeast of Dallas). It includes a 65-acre (260,000 m2) lake, rolling prairies, and woodlands.


Bonham State Park Lake

There is (unsupervised) swimming and fishing in the lake as well as camping, picnicking, mountain biking, boating (5 mph speed limit).

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include the Eisenhower State park, Eisenhower Birthplace and Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Sites. Bonham attractions include the Sam Rayburn Museum and the Sam Rayburn House Museum, both named in honor of Sam Rayburn. Rayburn was a Fannin County native who held the office of U.S. Speaker of the House for 17 years, the longest tenure in U.S. history.

Campsites & Other Facilities

Facilities include restrooms with and without showers; picnic sites (including one group picnic area); campsites with water and electricity; campsites with water; a group camp with barracks and a dining hall, which accommodates approximately 94 people (the facility is only rented as a single unit, not separately); an 11-mile (18 km) trail for mountain biking and hiking; a playground; a launching ramp; a boat dock; and a lighted fishing pier

Natural Features

The park is situated in the Texas blackland prairies. The terrain is dominated by grassland interspersed by woodlands. More luxuriant woodlands occur along water courses and the lake’s shoreline. Although the park’s grasslands are no longer pristine, they are recovering nicely and have small areas dominated by little bluestem and bushy bluestem. The woodlands are composed of Texas live oak, eastern red cedar, bois d’arc, and Eve’s Necklace, with sugarberry, cottonwood, black willow, and green ash becoming more common along the creeks and lake shore. Numerous wildflowers and flowering shrubs cover the gently rolling prairie in the spring, and stands of cedar and mixed hardwoods provide a panorama of multicolored leaves in the fall. Wildlife is limited because of the relatively small size of the park. However, the lake shoreline provides habitats for beaver, raccoon, opossum, and a number of visiting songbirds. Although a few woodland birds are permanent residents, visitor and migrant species outnumber the residents.


  • Trail Measurement: 1 Mile Loop and 261 Acres
  • Compass Latitude: 30°42'04.9"N
  • Compass Longitude: 96°22'44.8"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 30.701365
  • Numeric Longitude: -96.379098
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