A longtime family tradition is turning 95 this year.

Stephenville Club Lake was founded in August 1920 by Joe Chandler and family. The first name of the organization was Stephenville Country Club Lake, but today it is called Stephenville Club Lake.

The lake is located six miles north off US Highway 281; the entrance is at the bottom of the hill on the east side of the road. It sits on 34.4 acres and when full has a lake spanning about 15 acres with a depth of about 16 feet, according to secretary/treasurer Priscilla Morton Gaston. 

“It’s like a little bit of paradise,” said Jeff Gaston, Priscilla’s husband.

Fishing is welcomed at the lake from its three fishing docks, shore line or boat (electric motors only) and is strictly catch and release. Patrons are also able to kayak, canoe and swim off the dock.

The club also features a nature trail bustling with native wildlife and migrating birds. Birdwatching is said to be popular as several members are avid avian spectators.

“It’s a nature place now, and has a really nice nature trail,” said Gaston

The original pavilion and bathhouse of the club grace the shoreline offering a large porch area to escape the sun and elements.

Though the organization is non-profit, there is an annual fee of $125 per family for lake and property upkeep. There is running water and bathrooms and a bathhouse to be kept up as well.

For information about joining the Club Lake, contact Jack Ramsey at (254) 977-3038.