Swimming Lake Conroe
Lake Conroe is less than an hour hour drive north of Houston and about an hour east of College Station, Texas.
It is an artificial reservoir created by the San Jacinto River Authority, the City of Houston, and the Texas Water Development Board in 1973. A dam was constructed on the San Jacinto River to create it.
The lake, as of 2022, has 22,000 surface acres and is about twenty miles long. Most of the lake is twenty feet deep, but the southern section of the lake by the dam is closer to seventy-five feet deep.
The southern side of the lake is primarily luxury condos, high-end golf courses, apartments, townhomes, and lux suburban neighborhoods. The Sam Houston National Forest surrounds the northern side of the lake. You’ll find more wildlife, camping opportunities, quiet moments, swimming, and fishing places here.
Best Places to Swim in Lake Conroe
Scott’s Ridge Swim Area and Boat Launch
On the northwest side of the lake sits Scott’s Ridge Swim Area. It offers vault toilets, parking, a boat launch area, pavilions, picnic tables, grills, and a spacious sandy swimming area.
Swimming is generally limited to the warm months of April to September. However, the boat launch, picnic areas, and toilets are open year-round.
You can find this swimming area at 13274 Scotts Ridge Rd, Montgomery, TX 77356.
Lake Conroe Park
This park is at the southernmost part of the lake, right next to the Lake Conroe Dam. It is thirteen acres and features pavilions, a volleyball court, a softball field, barbecue pits, restrooms, fishing piers, parking, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and a clean, designated swim area. The park also has good views of the lake, with grassy fields and tall, mature trees that provide shade for picnic goers and families alike.
You can find Lake Conroe Park at 14968 Highway 105 West Montgomery, Texas 77316.
Margaritaville Lake Resort
In addition to a swimming area and private beach, the resort also offers luxury suites, waterfront cottages, restaurants, spas, minigolf, a fitness center, tennis, pickleball, and more.
The Jolly Mon Waterpark is part of Margaritaville Lake Resort, which offers several slides, a lazy river, a splash pad, five swimming pools (two are also heated), and hot tubs, as well as cabanas. If you want to swim in Lake Conroe, make your way over to their perfectly neat and clean private beach and designated swimming area on the lake.
You can find the lake Conroe Margaritaville Lake Resort on the southwest side of the lake at 600 Margaritaville, Park Way, Montgomery, TX 77356.
Evan’s Cove is a grassy park in a primarily residential area that offers good, slowly sloping access to Lake Conroe. Mature trees provide shade, picnic tables, and boat access. This is a quiet, lowkey swimming area that many people find refreshing.
You can find Evan’s Cove at 2046 Bentwater Dr W, Montgomery, TX 77356.
Conroe Boat Ramp 830
This boat ramp area is not designed for swimmers, but many triathalon triathletes meet and swim together here. They stay close to the shore, wearing brightly colored swim caps visible to boaters and the kayakers who travel with the group for safety.
This boat ramp is on the east side of the lake, not far from 1097. You can find it at 7299 Edgewater Dr, Willis, TX 77318.
Take a Boat Out and Swim From It
If you like being out in the open water where you can freely jump into the water, dive, and enjoy the views from the center of the lake, boat swimming may be for you.
You can get away from the crowds on the shores of the lake or even find a group of other boaters swimming out in the open. It’s a unique experience that many swimmers love to do.
Is it Safe to Swim in Lake Conroe
Lake Conroe is a safe lake for swimmers, especially those who stay in the designated swim areas, don’t go outside their experience levels, and stay close to their group.
Inexperienced swimmers should stick close to the shoreline and in view of other people who can help. There aren’t any lifeguards on duty at Lake Conroe, so be cautious and use common sense when swimming.
Boaters, especially inexperienced swimmers on boats, should always wear personal flotation devices.
Are there swimming beaches in Lake Conroe
Yes, there are several swimming beaches in Lake Conroe.
Here are some of the best:
- Scott’s Ridge Swim Area and Boat Launch at 13274 Scotts Ridge Rd, Montgomery, TX 77356.
- Lake Conroe Park at 14968 Highway 105 West Montgomery, Texas 77316.
- Margaritaville Lake Resort at 600 Margaritaville, Park Way, Montgomery, TX 77356
- Evan’s Cove at 2046 Bentwater Dr W, Montgomery, TX 77356
- Conroe Boat Ramp 830 at 7299 Edgewater Dr, Willis, TX 77318.
Ready to check out all the Lake Conroe has to offer? You can rent a boat (and a captain!) here. You can also find some of our safety guides here, and our other Lake Conroe resources too.
- Things to Do at Lake Conroe
- Marinas on Lake Conroe
- Lakes in and around Houston for Boating
- Helpful Boating Resources