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Temples Lake possible closures: Temples Lake Park may temporarily close early each day due to overcrowding. Visitors to the pavilion are encouraged to arrive early to avoid park closures that would prevent their entry until the closure is lifted.


part ofBelton Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Temples Lake Park is a day-use facility with over 60 picnic sites and one reservable group area on the southern shore of Belton Lake. The lake provides some of the best fishing and boating in Central Texas and the park offers amenities for large groups of up to 80 people, such as flush toilets, showers, a playground, a swim beach and two two-lane boat ramps.

Belton Lake was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the construction of Belton Dam in 1954. The 12,300-acre lake is located on the Leon River, just upstream of the confluence of the Leon River and the Little River.

Natural Features:

The facility is directly on the shores of Belton lake with mostly open sunny spaces, occasionally dotted with trees.

Deer, turkey and other small game are commonly seen, and a man-made wetland on the opposite side of the lake was constructed to provide an additional 25 acres of wildlife habitat in the lake area.


Temples Lake Park is a destination for boaters and anglers. Popular fish species include hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, white bass, catfish and sunfish. Visitors can also make use of a swimming beach, volleyball and basketball courts and a playground in the facility.


The park has one group shelter called Temple's Pavilion that must be reserved. There are also 62 picnic sites that do not need reservations. The park has excellent water access and convenient amenities, including flush toilets, drinking water and showers.

Nearby Attractions:

Belton Lake is located adjacent to the Fort Hood Army Base, which has several points of interest for the military buff.

The mural painted on the spillway wall of Belton Dam depicts the history of the Bell County area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Basketball Courts
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Garbage Service
  • Grills
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Volleyball Courts
Know Before You Go
  • Temple's Pavilion users must see the gate attendant upon arrival for the combination to the pavilion gate
  • Due to the area’s popularity, the park may temporarily close early each day due to overcrowding. Visitors to the pavilion are encouraged to arrive early to avoid park closures that would prevent their entry until the closure is lifted.
  • This park is day-use only; overnight camping is prohibited
  • Please do not occupy shelter prior to 8 a.m. to allow for cleaning services
  • For additional information, contact 254-939-2461 or visit the lake website
  • Glass containers are not allowed in Temple’s Lake Park.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
31.13284, -97.49497
31°7'58"N, 97°29'42"W

From Interstate 35 in Temple, Texas take the Farm-to-Market Road 2305/Adams exit. Travel west on 2305 to the park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

14190 FM 2305
BELTON  TX  76513

Phone Number:

Information:  (254)780-2461
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