This recreation area is part of Ray Roberts Lake
Enjoyed a night here. Site was right on the water. Level and clean. Lots of hiking trails. You really can’t go wrong with Johnson Branch on Lake Ray Roberts.
I mean, a bad day camping is still better than a good day at work. We stayed in the Walnut camping circle and got site 62. The site was actually pretty nice. It had the most trees over the sites around us, to give us a “in the woods” feel. One thing wasn’t great about the site was the the fire ring is pretty close to the street, and sits in front of the parking bump (this was an rv site). We brought our Bonfire Solo Stove, so we were able to have a fire pit further off the road for a little privacy. Another thing that wasn’t my favorite was a paved walkway came right past the back of our site. People couldn’t really see us, but we could hear them as the walked/talked/yelled down the walkway. The last “con” I have to say it that on the Johnson Branch I didn’t see a store on the map. We didn’t need to buy anything, but other places we’ve been have stores and that’s where we’ve gotten the 411 on good hiking and places to see on the grounds. One of the nice thing was the tree coverage, like I said. We had a lot of trees so we could but up some lights and a slack line for the kids to play on. The tent pad was big enough for a 6 man tent and a four man tent, with room to spare, which was nice. The other nice thing from our site, was that we were about 1/4 mile from a little playground for the kids. The playground wasn’t anything grand, but it broke up the days for the kids some, which as all parents know is a gift.
- Several sites have covered picnic tables
- Really nice beach area but water shoes are recommended because of Zebra Mussles
- Bank Fishing - No license needed
- Kite Boarding
- Paved hiking/biking trail
- Clean bathrooms and showers
Juniper Cove sites with good shade 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24,
Juniper Cove sites with very little shade 1, 2, 3, 4, 38
If you want a quick weekend from the busyness of the Dallas Metroplex, Ray Roberts State Park is about an hour north from downtown. Ray Roberts consists of two state parks on opposite sides of lake, Ray Roberts - Isle Du Bois Unit and Johnson Branch Unit. Johnson Branch is on the west side of the lake closer to I-35E. Johnson Branch (Juniper Cove) does not feel as claustrophobic and congested as Isle Du Bois as the various campsites are a little more spread out and offset.
It’s was very windy but we had loads of fun! We learned what native plants we can eat!
Very nice state park, not near as busy as Isle Du Bois. Both of these campgrounds at Luke Ray Roberts are very well kept. The beach area at Johnson Branch is not as nice as Isle Du Bois, but everything else is very similar. Johnson Branch is not near as crowded around the water, because if this. Overall it has great camp sites with lots of trees. Fall is wonderful at both Johnson ranch and Isle Du Bois.
Roberts Lake State Park has two main campgrounds, the Isle du Bois unit and Johnson unit. These are what I would call twins. They are very similar in layout, scenery and activities. They are on opposite sides of the lake.
Johnson Branch unit has good camp sites if you have a tent or a camper. There are several walk-in camp sites and several large sites for campers and RV's. The facilities are clean. Make sure that you spend a lot of time in the lake because it gets hot.