CRMWD Natural Resources

Parks & Recreation


Lake J. B. Thomas

Lake J.B. Thomas was completed in 1952 and at that time, it was one of the only lakes in West Texas, an area that was aching for water recreation. For most of two decades, Lake Thomas was a booming community sporting three concessions, hundreds of lakeside cabins and a resident physician with a medical practice there. The lake was near full for most of those decades, spilling three times, the last of which was 1962.

By 1970, a drought was gripping the region which marked the beginning of a different era for Lake Thomas. Since then, it has rarely been above half full but even at very low levels, it covers a significant amount of surface acreage, making it very popular with area fishermen. Catches of black bass around 10 pounds, white bass, blue cats and crappie are common.

The District has 5 parks, South Side, Rocky Point, Sandy Beach, Bull Creek and White Island. South Side is the largest, with an accessible boat ramp even when the lake is very low. South Side, Rocky Point and Sandy Beach remain open regardless of lake levels but White Island and Bull Creek are dependent on water level.  Modern restrooms, pavilions, fire pits, campsites and boat ramps are maintained for public use.

Day, annual and senior vehicle permits are available. District regulations and ordinances pertaining to lots, boating, private docks and more are available in the official Rules and Regulations document.