Inks Lake

Located west of Burnet, Texas on the Highland Lakes, Inks Lake boasts one of the most popular state parks in Texas. Activities including boating, fishing, swimming, camping, RV sites, hiking, back- packing, birding, nature study, wildflowers, golf, restaurants, and more. Close by you'll find Longhorn Caverns, Vanishing Texas River Cruise, Canyon of the Eagles Park. The area is also known as the deer hunting capital of Texas. It's no wonder why Inks Lake is such a popular tourist destination. 

Inks Lake State Park

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Burnet Chamber 
of Commerce

Camp Longhorn

Canyon of the Eagles

Colorado River Foundation

Delaware Springs
Municipal Golf Course

Enchanted Rock Archives

Falkenstein Castle

Fall Creek Vineyards

Fredericksburg Chamber
of Commerce

Lake Buchanan/Inks Lake Chamber of Commerce

LCRA Parks

Longhorn Caverns
State Park

Texas Boating Information

Texas Nature Conservancy

Texas Recreation
and Parks Society

Vanishing Texas
River Cruise


Inks Lake panoramic view




State Park Guide

Official Guide
to Texas State Parks
by Laurence Parent

Bicycle Tours in the Hill Country

25 Bicycle Tours in 
the Texas Hill Country & 
West Texas : Adventure Rides
 for Road and Mountain Bikes

by Norman D. Ford

Lady's Day Out in the Texas Hill Country
by Paula Ramsey

The Highland Lakes... 
A Family Tradition.

by Carl Caton
When my great grandfather Carl first came to the Highland Lakes in 1936, he likely never dreamed that he was establishing a family tradition that still continues some seventy-plus years later.  I guess you could say, we're hooked.  But there's a reason that our family has spent every summer since that year in this beautiful spot... there's so much fun stuff to do!

Did you  know that Inks Lake State Park is the second busiest in Texas?  It's probably not only due to all the amenities that the park offers.  It probably also has to do with all the other great adventures that await you in the surrounding areas.  Lake Buchanan sports great fishing and natural wonders. Lake LBJ is certainly home to some of the finest homes, golf, restaurants, and other amenities in all of Central Texas.  Lake Marble Falls boasts of boat racing, Christmas events, shopping, and a great new hotel. Lake Travis delivers more than sixty miles of waterfront fun.  I've personally never missed a year in forty years and we're still exploring new things.


Country Roads of Texas
Drives, Day Trips, and
Weekend Excursions
by Eleanor Morris

Camp Longhorn ~o~
Since 1939, this Texas tradition has been the home of a boys and girls summer camp on the shore of Inks Lake.  The camp builds character in kids as they focus on "happiness, love, friendship, respect and admiration."

15 Fun Activities near Inks Lake!
1. Get more information on the Inks Lake State Park
2. Visit the underworld of  Longhorn Caverns.
3. Play golf at the State Park golf course.
4. Take an amazing ride up the Colorado River on the Vanishing Texas River Cruise.  
6. Eat the famous Bluebonnet Cafe (my personal favorite!) in Marble Falls.
7. Camp or RV at the Inks Lake  State Park.  But make your reservations early!
8. Check out the quaint antique and craft shops in Burnet, Llano, and Marble Falls.
9.  Check out the neat shops in Llano on the town square including Buttery Hardware.
10.  Taste the wine at  Fall Creek Vineyards.
11.  Drive down to Enchanted Rock for the climb of your life!  Make note that the park has an occupancy limit!  Call ahead to make sure you can get in!  (If you go to Enchanted Rock, read the history of the area in the book Hill Country by Richard Zelade.)
12.  Eat like a man at Coopers BBQ in Llano.  Look for pictures of President Bush on the wall!
13.  Go striper fishing on Lake Buchanan.
14.  Take a tour of the Inks Lake Fish Hatchery.
15.  Photograph flowers in the spring.
Hill Country by ZeladeHill Country by Richard Zelade
My family has had great fun with this book while exploring the Hill Country!  This book will be your personal tour guide, leading you through fun and serendipitous journeys of the back roads of the Texas Hill Country.  In his entertaining style of writing, Richard Zelade offers a wonderful blend of history, geography, folklore, humorous trivia, and practical information.  Hill Country is certain to make your vacation a more enjoyable one! 
Texas MapsThe Roads of Texas Atlas
Still carrying that tattered old freebie map?  This map will make your trips much more pleasurable.  Users rank it high for usefulness!
Close by in Burnet...
Named the 'Bluebonnet Capital of Texas', this quaint town makes for a great day trip.  Burnet's town square offers antique stores, an interesting hardware store, sandwich shops, and more.  Nearby is Longhorn Caverns, The Hill Country Flyer, and the Highland Lakes Confederate Air Force Museum.  Still energetic?  Keep traveling east to Austin to visit the  Wildflower Center.
Great Eatin'
The Highland Lakes hosts some of the finest Texas cookin' available.  But there are a few places that you must go to really do the tourist thing!  Right on the Inks Lake is the Catfish Barge which is a real-live floating restaurant.  Also, guys will love Cooper's Bar-B-Q in Llano where you'll enjoy choosing your meat right off the BBQ pit!  While you're in Llano, check out the Llano Uplift Rock Shop and Buttery Hardware, both of which are on the town square.


Camping Cookbook
The Totally Camping Cookbook
by Helene Siegel,
Karen Gillingham

Hiking Texas
by Laurence Parent
Hiking and Backpacking
Hiking and
Backpacking Trails of Texas
Walking, Hiking, and Biking Trails for All Ages and Abilities!  By Mickey Little and Mildred J. Little


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