Activities

Nature focused activities is what The Retreat at Artesian Lakes is all about.

The Retreat at Artesian Lakes offers many nature focused outdoor activities.

James Fannin - One Bedroom with Loft Log Cabin

Canoeing

Rent or bring your own canoe or electric powered boat.  We have over 300 acres of lakes to enjoy endless exploration.

Canoe rentals are provided by our onsite concessionaire, Tempe Creek Ranch. (936) 967-0719.

Fishing

Available in most of our lakes; please respect posted signs.  Bait and limited fishing supplies are available for purchase at the Store in The Hospitality House.  Bass is strictly catch-and-release.

Blue Gill Pond, located next to The Stables is ideal for children, who are “almost guaranteed” to catch fish.

Trout Fishing

Hiking

We have miles of hiking trails, but you can enjoy long, safe walks everywhere throughout the resort.  There is much to discover and watch on each walk.

View a Walkabout Map.

Swimming

This is what summer and The Retreat at Artesian Lakes are all about!!!  Take turns coming down the giant slides at the artesian-fed Swim Lake or enjoy the salt-water swimming pool.  The swim area also features a 12-person hot tub, a bath house, a roof-top sunning deck, a shaded sand terrace, a large tent with picnic tables, a fire ring, and The Grille.

Horseback & Carriage Rides

Equestrian services are provided by Tempe Creek Ranch from Livingston Texas.

  • Guided Horseback Rides through wooded trails
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Carriage Rides to Saturday Breakfast
  • Romantic Evening Carriage Rides
  • Family Carriage Rides

More Info

Book your Trail Ride Online

Wildlife

The Hilltop Deck is the ideal place to view our giant, ancient Alligator Turtles.  Alligators, squirrels, raccoons, and a wide variety of birds are highly visible at most locations and at most times but night time and dawn are ideal for spotting rabbits, deer, armadillos, possum, fireflies, and owls….and to listen to frog concerts!

And Much More!

  • Basketball
  • Bike Riding
  • 9 Hole Disc Golf
  • Fitness Room
  • Game and Reading Library
  • Volleyball
  • Group Campfires – with S’mores
  • Horse shoes
  • Play Ground
  • Star Gazing