lighted fishing pier at lake bob sandlin

7 Reasons Lake Bob Sandlin Will Make You Reel Happy

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park is located in Pittsburg, Texas in the northeast region of the state. But it also happens to be where two eco-regions collide. The result: massive trees, tall grasses and a combination of plants and animals that will leave you captivated. Here are 10 solid reasons to visit this gem of a State Park. 

Is Bob Sandlin Open?

As of Sept. 23, most Texas State Parks were open to visitors. It is strongly encouraged to contact the park before going. 

Where is Lake Bob Sandlin State Park?

The park is located about 12 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant on FM 21. Exit Interstate 30 on Highway 37 South at Mount Vernon. Go 0.8 miles; turn left on Highway 21 and go 11.2 miles to the park entrance.

The Park HQ is located at:

Latitude: 33.053955
Longitude: -95.099155

Weather for Pittsburg, TX

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7 Reasons to Visit Lake Bob Sandlin State Park

1. It's a State Park That's Less Traveled

This Texas state park is practically a hidden gem, which means it’s not teeming with people. If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Dallas-Fort Worth, or Mount Pleasant, for that matter, this is a park to try. It’s a 2-hour drive from Dallas, but it feels like you’re thousands of miles away.

Bob Sandlin is one of those parks where you feel like you’re out in the middle of nowhere, yet shopping, hotels and restaurants are just a short drive away.

2. Fishing Lake Bob Sandlin Tops the List of Activities

lighted fishing pier at lake bob sandlin

This lakeside park offers swimming, fishing, paddling and boating. The 9,000-acre lake offers a watery playground to explore. You can also stay on land and picnic, hike, camp, geocache, mountain bike and nature watch under the trees. 

You can fish Bob Sandlin Lakes from a lighted fishing pier, shore or a boat. Try your luck at the stocked Trout Pond or Brim Pond. Fish at Bob Sandlin include largemouth bass, catfish and crappie. 

You can clean your catch at the fish cleaning station and launch your boat at the boat ramp. You do not need a fishing license to fish from shore or pier in a state park (you will need a license to fish from a boat). 

Detailed fishing and lake information for Lake Bob Sandlin.

Winter trout stocking schedule

3. The Fall Foliage is Amazing

If you happen to visit Bob Sandlin State Park in the autumn months, the fall foliage is some of the best in the state. 

4. You Can Hike and Bike the Trails

Hiking and biking are popular activities at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park. Photo of a person walking among the fall foliage.

Explore 3.3 miles of wooded trails on bike or foot. Before the pandemic, guests at the park could go on guided morning hikes along the trails. 

View the Interactive Trails Map, or download the Trails Map (PDF).

5. There are Plenty of Camping Options

Camping at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park comes in many forms. You can choose from 75 campsites with water and electricity, or set up your tent at a primitive campsite.

If you want walls around you and a roof over your head, reserve a cabin or screened shelters. Here is a list of the camping amenities.

Primitive Campsites (Hike-in)

$10 + Entrance Fee

  • Number of Sites: 16
  • People per Site: 8

Must hike 1/4 – 1 mile from the parking area. Sites are in two areas, 100 square feet each. These heavily wooded and fairly flat areas are not near the lake, but are within walking distance of Two-Acre Pond. Pets are allowed.

  • Ground fires prohibited
  • Non-reservable
  • Chemical toilet in the area

Screened Shelters

  • Number of Sites: 12
  • People per Site: 8

Shelters have a light and 20-amp electrical outlet inside (but no beds or air-conditioning) and a picnic table and water spigot outside.

Plexiglas windows can be closed. Pets are not allowed inside or left unattended outside. Tents are allowed, but not pop-ups, trailers or RVs.

  • Picnic table
  • Outdoor grill
  • Fire ring

Campsites with Electricity

Cost: $18 a night + daily park fee

  • Number of Sites: 75
  • People per Site: 8

Some sites have a shade shelter. Nine sites sit along the lake’s edge.

  • Picnic table
  • Water hookup
  • 30 amp hookup
  • Fire ring and/or grill
  • Restrooms with showers nearby

6. You Can Sleep in a Cabin


There are cabins at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, but if you can’t get a reservation, the Mount Pleasant KOA is nearby and has comparable rates. The KOA Deluxe Cabins have private bathrooms.

Cost: $40 a night, plus daily park fee

  • Number of Sites: 8
  • Sleeps: 5
  • People per Site: 8

Tax is charged on these shelters. Beds sleep five; you must provide bed linens. Pets are not allowed inside or left unattended outside.

Tents are allowed outside the shelters, but pop-ups, trailers and RVs are not allowed. These cabins do not have bathrooms; restrooms with showers are nearby.

  • A/C unit
  • Electric wall heaters
  • Picnic table
  • Outdoor grill
  • Fire ring
  • Water
  • Two sets of bunk beds
  • One bottom bunk is full size
  • Restrooms with showers nearby

7. Pittsburg, Texas is a County Seat and Boot Birthplace

Pittsburg is the county seat of Camp County,Texas. While you may not have heard of it, other than it has the lake, the city has a proud history. It is best known as the former home of Pilgrim’s chicken producer.

But more interesting that that, Pittsburg is the home of racing legend Carroll Shelby.

Pittsburg is also the birthplace of Cavenders Boot City.