Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Travel Itineraries

A Lake for Every Season

Emory – EagleFest

Eagles start arriving in Emory at Lake Fork Starting out in January, and you can take a cruise around Lake Fork during Eagle Fest on a chartered boat. There is fun to be had in town during the festival as well as out on the lake where you can view the eagles in their natural habitat. Rains County was declared the “Eagle Capital of Texas,” by the 74th Legislature of the State of Texas May 24, 1995. Rains County is located between two lakes, bordered on the west by Lake Tawakoni, the catfish capital, and on the east by Lake Fork, the bass fishing capital. These two lakes and surrounding areas have been nesting and feeding grounds for Bald Eagles as well as many other species of birds, both regional and migratory. Rains County has recorded 260 different species and varieties of wild birds.


While you are in the area, be sure and visit the Rains County Heritage Park. With all of this touring around, you may have worked up an appetite and there are great locally owned options in Emory. If you are in the mood for some home-style cooking, Sidekicks is the place for you. I hear that the catfish is the best in town. If you are looking for a great steak, check out Chateau Bistro Steakhouse & Lounge.






Lake Tawakoni State Park