Lakeside at Main Park
The lake in our Lakeside Park was created in a watershed management project by the San Antonio River Authority, who still controls the dam and the spillway around it. The city initially began discussions in 1974 about taking over the area around the lake and in 1975 the park area was set up in a three-phase plan funded by a grant through the Texas Parks and Wildlife. The entrance to the lake and pond area at the main park is Lone Shadow Trail to Lazy Forest Drive and is the home to a tranquil spot and an ideal location for picnics, walks or a day of fishing. The gazebo, that has been recently updated, is the perfect location for getting those one of a kind photo with the picturesque lake as a backdrop.
There are two handicap accessible fishing piers, one at the lake that was sponsored by several community groups and retailers and one at the pond that is perfect for smaller fishing groups. The pond is also equipped with an aerator, creating fresh oxygen to extend the lifespan of our wildlife and habitation. Twice a year the lake is stocked with fish. In the cooler months, a fisherman can expect to find some sizable trout, and in the summer months a plentiful assortment of catfish and bass. Be sure to toss in a line! All Texas gaming laws must be observed in regard to fishing. The first Saturday in June is National Fishing Day and no fishing license is required for this day.
We have a large amount of waterfowl who call our lake home. We have swans, ducks and a specific species of invasive Egyptian Geese has decided to call our lake home. With hopes of controlling the Geese and improving the health of the ducks, there are instructions at the lake on the proper food items to feed our waterfowl. Please help us by controlling what is fed to the ducks to make them and the environment in which they and the fish live healthier.
Paddle board, kayaking, canoeing and other non-motorized boats have been allowed on our lake since August 11th of 2018. The City of Live Oak City Council passed an ordinance to allow for the use of these non-motorized watercraft on Live Oak Lake, but it does NOT include the use of individual or manually inflatable rafts or boats. The following are a few reminders for those wishing to engage in boating in Live Oak:
- The City of Live Oak requires approved life jackets (PDF's) be worn at all times by anyone in a watercraft.
- There are no vehicles allowed off the roadway, and portage of all watercraft must be accomplished by walking.
- Consuming or possessing of alcoholic beverages while engaging in boating is prohibited.
- The use of personal watercraft is limited to daylight hours only.
- Swimming is not allowed in Live Oak Lake.
The City of Live Oak strives to provide new and exciting recreational activities for the community. We hope that you will remain a safe and responsible boater, and most of all have fun! For more information, and to see the complete ordinance that pertains to boating on Live Oak Lake, please see Ordinance #1521.