Lake Pinkston is a 560-acre reservoir built by the City of Center in 1976. The lake is located 10 miles west of Center on State Highway 7 just north of the small community of Akin – on County Road 1211. County Road 1234 connects to County Road 1510 which meanders back to the lake and crosses the dam.
Recreational facilities are very limited and include only 2 boat ramps. No camping, picknicking, or sanitary facilities are provided and no marinas are present at the lake. However, Lake Pinkston is located in a beautiful area of East Texas and can provide a delightful experience away from the usual crowds. Most of the timber in the reservoir was not removed and provides an abundance of fish habitat, but also makes boating hazardous. Boaters must use extreme caution on the lake to avoid the numerous logs and stumps. Some bank fishing access is available along the country roads located at the dam and at the boat ramp on the upper portion of the lake.
The county road on the upper portion crosses the reservoir and isolates over 100 acres of water that is connected to the main lake only by a large culvert under the road. Small boats can go through the culvert or be launched off the county road to allow access to this portion of the lake. The limited access reduces fishing pressure to this area.
The deep, clear waters of Lake Pinkston offer excellent fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, crappie, sunfishes, and catfishes. However, special fishing regulations apply to largemouth bass and fishermen should consult the Texas Recreational Fishing Guide for current length limits and bag limits. No trotlines are permitted in the lake and no water skiing is allowed.