Lake Woodlands is a sanctuary in the heart of The Woodlands community. This picturesque, man-made lake is located just off Lake Woodlands Drive and North Shore Park, with convenient access from I-45. Nature lovers and water enthusiasts will enjoy year-round activities on the lake.

Excavated in 1984 and opened in 1985, the lake is approximately eight feet deep throughout. The first major festival in The Woodlands was held prior to the lake being filled, and has been dubbed the “bottom of the lake party.” The iconic Rise of the Midgard Serpent sculpture was placed in the lake during this festival and still stands today.

If you like to kayak, canoe, or paddleboard, Lake Woodlands is the perfect spot for you. It is big enough to have ample space to explore and get your exercise, but not so large that there are waves. Only small, electric motors are allowed so you won’t have to worry about waves from other watercraft, either.

Fishermen will enjoy the selection of bass, catfish, and crappie in this lake. Shore fishing can be done from almost anywhere, and boat launches are located at North Shore Park and Riva Row Boat House on The Woodlands Waterway.

Land amenities include restrooms and water fountains at North Shore Park, as well as several docks and a boat ramp. A playground and picnic area are perfect for relaxing with the family. The new Lakes Edge Boat House offers kayak rentals in Hughes Landing (you can also rent at Riva Row Boat House).

Events held at Lake Woodlands include the annual Dragon Boat Races which take place from September 28 to October 1 this year. Teams of 20-30 people race in traditional Chinese dragon boats sponsored by the YMCA as well as participate in other competitions. The popular Texas Triathlon, held each spring, begins with a swim in Lake Woodlands.

Designed to be a visual amenity, the lake has grown into an active amenity over the years, with more and more parks and boat launches opening as the communities surrounding it have expanded. So next time you’re looking for a fun way to spend some outdoor time, head over to Lake Woodlands!