Fishing boat on a quiet day at Lake Tyler!

Lake Tyler (or Lake Tyler West) and Lake Tyler East are located adjacent to each other, connected via a canal.

Situated just east of Tyler, Texas, these are the largest lakes in the area in addition to Lake Palestine.

Lake Tyler functions as a major recreational center for the area, and as a supply of drinking water for the City of Tyler.

The Lake Tyler Department of the City of Tyler maintains the park areas adjacent to the lake.

The rules and regulations for Lake Tyler and Lake Tyler East are outlined in Chapter 19, Article VI of the City of Tyler Code of Ordinances.

Popular recreational activities include boating, water skiing, fishing, camping at Camp Tyler, hiking and swimming.

In addition, numerous homesites and waterfront lots make this a popular residential area with unlimited real estate options, from weekend camps to year-round upscale homes.

More about Lake Tyler

Official Lake Tyler website operated by the City of Tyler

Lake Tyler map by the City of Tyler

Lake Tyler East map by the City of Tyler

Texas Parks and Wildlife website about Lake Tyler

Lake Tyler (West), built in 1949, covers 2,224 surface acres and serves as the major source of water supply to the Tyler metro area.

Lake Tyler (East), completed in 1966, covers an additional 2,276 acres.

The maximum depth of the lakes is 40 feet, and the average depth is about 17.6 feet. The conservation pool elevation is 375 feet above mean sea level. Fluctuation is about 2 feet.

It has storage capacity of over 15 billion gallons (43,500 acre feet) at spillway elevation, and a watershed area of 42 square miles (27,000 acres).

Lake Tyler is located on Prairie Creek, a tributary of Mud Creek, and lies in the Angelina River watershed.

Lake Tyler Water Levels ... Conservation Pool Elevation is 375.40'
USGS Identifier 08034000
Chart and Data Courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

chart of Lake Tyler Water Levels in feet above sea level


Camp Tyler, an outdoor learning center located on 350 acres on Lake Tyler, opened in 1949. The camp provides physical, education, and social resources for the children of East Texas. more information about Camp Tyler


Lake Tyler was the location of the HGTV Dream Home promotion in 2005. The 6,500 square feet house was occupied for a couple of years by the winner of the contest, but was sold at public auction in January, 2008, for $1.3 million.

In December 2011, the Tyler City Council granted approval of Sandy Beach, an exclusive 11-lot development on the east side of Lake Tyler. The bidding on leases on these lots will begin at $250,000. Annual lease payments will also be collected by the City.

Read more about access to Lake Tyler, fishing on Lake Tyler, and view the Lake Tyler Map.


Lake Tyler looking north from the marina and dam
Lake Tyler, looking north from the marina near the dam