Lake Palestine is the largest of the lakes in our area, with a surface area of 25,560 acres (40 square miles) and a maximum depth of 50 feet, and an average depth of 16 feet. It is 18 miles long, with 135 miles of shoreline. The widest part of the lake is 4 miles across. Lake Palestine is located about 15 miles southwest of Tyler, Texas, on Highway 155. Portions of Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, and Smith Counties are included in the lake. Lake Palestine provides recreation and outdoor activities for everyone, with boating, water skiing, houseboating, camping, RVing, canoeing, hiking, biking, and fishing all being popular activities. The lake is very popular for fishing and bass tournaments. It also offers waterfront and lakeside living for many Texans and visitors, and lodging including RV parks, campgrounds, resorts, cabins, motels, and B&Bs. The mild East Texas winter climate makes the lake available virtually on a year-round basis. The largest catfish (flathead) ever caught in the lake was in 1998 weighing at 98 pounds!