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 & Kayaking

We have over 300 acres of lakes to enjoy endless exploration.  Canoes are available for rent at The Stables.

Canoe rentals are temporarily unavailable until further notice.


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
horseback riding

Horseback Riding

A favorite among our younger guests, guided horseback and pony rides are available at The Stables.

$25 per person.  Reservations and payment must be made directly at The Stables by calling (936) 334-5471.

Horseback riding and carriage rides are temporarily unavailable.


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.


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.


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