Things to see and do Nearby Bowie Area


Second Monday Trade Days

Bowie’s “trades day” was established in 1890, taking place on the second Monday of each month. At that time, it was primarily an outlet for horse and mule trading, but throughout the years it has evolved to become much more.

Now almost anything can be found at Second Monday including clothing and apparel, candles and crafts, video games and movies, cell phone accessories, antiques of every kind, specialty items, animals of all kinds, and great foods and drinks.

Bowie’s Second Monday is currently one of the largest flea markets on the North Texas Circuit. With 452 large lots located on five acres, vendors have access to restrooms and shower facilities on-site, and are only a short drive from many restaurants, convenience stores, and other amenities.

The Flea Market is like stepping back in time and attending a flea market in the 1970’s. You have people selling their homemade wares, their personal items, their collections, and so much more.

Parking is on the street or at the high school. There is food available and the best strawberry lemonade and kettle corn. Several locations are shaded. Bring plenty of cash as the bargains are everywhere. Lot’s of different vendors and places to find antiques and other items. Second Monday Trade Days is at Pelham Park and Trade City is across the street. It’s not actually on Monday, open Saturday and Sunday.

City of Bowie 304 Lindsay Bowie, Texas 76230
(940) 872-1114

Lake Amon G. Carter is actually two reservoirs in one joined by a twenty foot tunnel and is located about six miles south of the City of Bowie in Montague County, Texas on Big Sandy Creek, a tributary of the West Folk Trinity River which is tributary of the Trinity River. The lake is owned and operated by the City of Bowie for municipal, industrial and mining water supply and recreational purposes. The construction of the original dam began in July 1955, one month after the death of Fort Worth businessman and philanthropist Amon G. Carter, for whom the lake was named. The dam was completed in August, 1956 with deliberate impoundment of water starting in May 1956.

Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands

1400 N. Hwy 287 Decatur, Texas 76234
(940) 627-5475

The Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) National Grasslands are located in two areas northeast and northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. They not only provide grazing land for cattle and habitat for wildlife, but offer a variety of recreation. The most popular activities are hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and photography. White-tailed deer, small mammals, coyotes, bobcats, red fox, waterfowl, bobwhite quail, turkey, and songbirds thrive in the diverse habitats provided by the Grasslands. Largemouth bass, blue and channel catfish, and various sunfish species are common catches at the many lakes that dot the Grasslands’ landscape.

The recreation areas on the Caddo and LBJ offer a variety of facilities for camping, picnicking, and other outdoor activities. The CADDO is comprised of 17,785 acres and contains three lakes.

Bridgeport lake

Co Rd 1637, Chico, TX 76431

Located on the West Fork of the Trinity River, Lake Bridgeport Texas is a moderately sized lake at 11,954 acres, 20 miles long, and 170 miles of shoreline.  The maximum depth of the lake is 85 feet and the water is fairly clear thanks to the rocky shoreline and bottom. Open to the General Public from a number of Public and Private Use Areas – Boating, sailing, water skiing, skin diving, tubing and swimming. Numerous Boat Launching sites are available. Fishing – Crappie, Black, White and Sand Bass, Perch and Channel Cat are among the common catches.