Things to Do

Inks Lake State Park: A Short Trip to a Quiet Hill Country Getaway

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Whether you live in the area or want to visit from elsewhere in the Texas Hill Country, Inks Lake State Park makes an ideal getaway from daily life. Numerous activities await visitors. Whether you want to spend an afternoon or a weekend in the park, you’ll find something exciting or relaxing to do.

History

A Dam at Inks Lake State Park

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Prior to the dam construction, a lake did not exist on the site, but its general location along the Colorado River was likely frequented by native Apache and Comanche Indians in the area. When problems with the Colorado River flooding occurred downstream, the river authority decided to dam up the river, creating reservoirs. Inks Lake has two dams, Buchanan and Inks. By 1940, the state began construction on the park from 1,200 acres around the newly created lake. It opened to the public in 1950.

Park Location

Scene at Inks Lake State Park

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Drive just an hour away from Austin or about 15 minutes from Burnet to reach Inks Lake State Park. From Burnet, drive west on State Highway 29 until you reach Park Road 4. After a three-mile drive south on the road, you’ll reach the park’s headquarters. Nearby, you will also find Longhorn Cavern State Park and Lake Buchanan.

Things to Do

Inks Lake State Park People Hiking

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When you go to Inks Lake, you’ll find multiple things to do, regardless of what you enjoy. During the day, consider hiking the nine miles of trails, or search for geocached sites. For animal spotting, check out the bird blind to get a good view of the many birds and animals that frequent the park. Kayaking, paddle boating, swimming, and fishing are all allowed in the park, and you may rent or borrow the necessary equipment from the park for these activities. If your planned activities last longer than a day, reserve one of the cabins or campsites for overnight stays.

Know Before You Go

Cabin in Inks Lake State Park
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