Summer is upon us, and it’s a great time to explore Belton’s two lakes. Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Lake are both a very short drive from UMHB, and they offer a ton of fun things to do.

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Scenic views
  • Climbing / Bouldering
  • Environmental education

Belton Dam

While not extremely exciting, there is a parking lot at the top of Belton dam. You can check out the beauty of the lake 24/7, but this is a great place to go to enjoy those beautiful sunsets over Belton Lake.


It’s part of Fort Hood, but it’s open to civilians and military. The Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area offers a TON of recreational activities from boat rental to horseback riding, from mountain biking to paintball, there is so much to do here.

Chalk Ridge Falls

Chalk Ridge Falls is technically on the Lampasas River at the base of Stillhouse Hollow. It offers fantastic hiking trails, beautiful views, geocaching, and even unique geological education opportunities.

Dana Peak Park

This park is on Stillhouse Hollow, and it is pretty large. It features miles of trails perfectly suited for mountain biking. It’s fun to explore on foot, as well, and there are several geocaches to find here.

Dead Fish Grill

The views from the patio at Dead Fish Grill are unparalleled. It’s a good place to eat, but make sure to sit on the patio. They fire a cannon at sunset. Dinners on the patio at sunset are truly memorable occasions. Note: plan to spend a couple hours here as service isn’t the speediest around.

Frank’s Marina

About a 10-minute drive from campus, Frank’s Marina rents kayaks, paddleboats, and stand up paddleboards. Their hours change regularly, so it’s a good idea to call before you head out.

Miller Springs Nature Center

A beautiful 260-acre nature center at the base of Belton Lake, Miller Springs Nature Center offers fantastic hiking opportunities, and it’s about five miles from campus. It’s easy to explore this place and forget that you’re in Belton. You can hike, geocache, climb, and explore some truly beautiful scenery here. I can’t oversell this… everyone needs to spend some time and truly explore this place. Take a veteran with you who can show you where some of the hidden secrets are located.

Rogers Park

At first glance, Rogers Park looks like a boat ramp and parking lot. However, it offers lots of nearby climbing opportunities. It’s also a great place to launch your kayak – exploring the nearby coves is fun and relaxing.

Temple’s Lake Park

The activities at Temple’s Lake Park are limited to fishing, swimming, camping, and relaxing, but you can often find a lot of people here.

There’s a ton more to do at Belton’s lakes. I’ve only mentioned some of the highlights. What are your favorites?


Check out our myUMHB video. Students enjoy time at the lake and at Frosti Cones.