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Medina Lake

Medina Lake is actually a reservoir created by Medina Dam, along the Medina River. The lake is 18 miles long and 3 miles wide. This scenic oasis is located just west of Interstate 71, between Route 18 and Granger Road. Surface area is 5,426 acres. Maximum depth is over 150 feet, but it can be up to 40 feet lower when rainfall is sparse. More than 100 miles of shoreline encircle the lake. Medina Lake is just 24 miles southeast of Bandera, Texas. 


Medina Lake is regularly stocked with a variety of game fish. Species include largemouth bass, striped bass, white bass, carp, channel catfish, flathead catfish, and blue catfish. Note that you must follow statewide regulations when fishing in Medina Lake.

Fishing Tips
  • The best place to find largemouth bass is near deep drop-offs. Try using jigs or shad-like lures.
  • Smallmouth bass can be found around rocky outcrops. Use jigs and crankbaits.
  • Hybrid striped bass typically hang out around the dam. Chicken-liver bait works sometimes.
  • White bass, usually in open water, can be caught with small spoons or shad-like lures.
  • Like most catfish, those in Medina Lake respond to blood bait and chicken livers. 

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Much of Medina Lake's shoreline is private property. Public access for launching boats is somewhat limited. Currently, you can access the lake at Bandera County Park at Medina Lake or at Red Cove Camp.

Bandera County Park at Medina Lake
Located on the north shore of Media Lake on Plum Creek Cove, at the end of Park Road 37 in Lakehills, Bandera County Park is a great place to enjoy a variety of activities, including boating, fishing, swimming, and other water sports. The park has a concrete boat ramp and a gravel boat ramp. You can launch your boat 24 hours a day. However, the park is open for day use only. 
  • Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend: Daily, from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM
  • September thru May: Weekends only, from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM
  • County resident: $5.00
  • Non-county resident: $10.00
  • No charge for children under 6 years of age

Red Cove Camp
This is a privately owned and operated concrete boat launch.
  • The boat ramps can be found on County Road 2611.
  • A launch fee is required.
  • Contact: (830) 612-2715

Other Activities

While the two most popular activities at Medina Lake are boating and fishing, there are other activities worth considering, include the following.
  • Scuba diving in Medina Lake (very popular due to the clarity of the water in the lake)
  • Picnicking at Bandera County Park at Medina Lake
  • Swimming at Bandera County Park at Medina Lake

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Michael Clay

I love this lake I have been going to this lake my whole life. This is such a beautiful lake with many scenic views. This is a great swimming and recreational lake with clear waters. Also good fishing too I try to go at least once a week on the kayak. It is also good to see the lake back to normal levels.

Stephanie Pepitone

Soooo beautiful! The drive thru town is so cute! Definitely gives off small town vibes! The view with every turn is gorgeous! The lake is pretty awesome too! This is a must visit place!!

Rocky Gutierrez

The lake is beautiful! The water is clear and blue. So relaxing. We had a amazing weekend. Good family time, with our jet boat. The people here are friendly and informative, they showed us where the cliff was. It was so nice to hang out with good people. I will definitely come back
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