I don’t know about you, but I love cool weather camping, and there is a hidden gem, right here in East Texas, to do just that and so much more.

There is something about an outdoor fire and watching the sunrise over a lake, wrapped in blanket as the steam rises off of a hot cup of coffee. If you are longing to get a little closer to nature, without spending hours in the car to get there, then Lake Striker Resort may be just what you are looking for. Nestled deep in the woods of Reklaw, Texas, Lake Striker is about 20 miles east of Jacksonville with a lake surface-area of 1,863 acres and a maximum depth of 35 feet. Texas Parks and Wildlife lists the predominant fish species in the lake as Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Catfish, and Crappie.

Leonard Nicol, the owner of Lake Striker Resort, says his main goal is for his guests to make lasting family memories and return to enjoy the activities season after season. This time of year, I am daydreaming about fishing from the covered pier, grilling on the open, charcoal grills and having lunch or dinner at the covered picnic tables. I can also picture my grandkids spending a carefree afternoon on the playground.

Nicol says there are activities for all ages and interests. A boat ramp and tie-off piers makes it convenient to enjoy fishing, skiing and tubing with your own boat. Kayaking is another great way to explore the lake and catch a fish or two. There is even a bait shop. Seasonal birdwatchers will find a small slice of heaven for enjoying native species and those making Lake Striker a quick stop on their migration journey.

Special Events and Holiday Activities At Lake Striker Resort

In addition to year-round activities, Lake Striker hosts holiday and special events. Disc golfers will find a new course to play and scheduled tournaments. If you are feeling adventurous, their axe throwing tournaments might be right up your alley. From fireworks displays and trade-days to concerts, check the Lake Striker Events Schedule when you make your plans to visit. Halloween is approaching and Lake Striker might be the perfect spot to celebrate, but bring your costume. There will be a contest!

Lake Striker Accommodations and Dining

Accommodations at Lake Striker Resort are plentiful and diverse. You just have to pick your experience. If you aren’t a pitch-a-tent kind of family, there are RV hook-ups for “glamping.” You can also book stays at their cabins and a motel-style suite of rooms. Check with Lake Striker for availability.

While you will want to try out the grills and picnic tables for the outdoor experience, there is also a full service restaurant at the resort featuring a variety menu that satisfies land lovers, but also offers American seafood with a Cajun flavor. Lake Striker Menu

Upcoming Events

September 26th – Murder Mystery Dinner

October 9th – Striker Trade Days

October 16th – Axe Throwing, Lumberjack Event, Stage Entertainment

October 30th – Halloween Costume Contest

November 6th – Lake Striker Big Buck Contest Begins

November 13th – Striker Trade Days

November 20th and 21st – Disc Gold Tournament

Visit the website to check availability for accommodations and activities and gather up the family and a fishing pole to enjoy a low-key getaway in a country resort setting at Lake Striker.


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Shelley Swanzy East Texas, Travel