Burnet, Texas – The Official Visitor’s Guide

Burnet is a small city located 40 minutes north of Austin, Texas in the Texas Hill Country. Although it is best known for its close proximity to Lake Buchanan, Burnet has a wonderful charm all its own. With its local shopping on Burnet Square, delicious restaurants, and friendly hospitality, Burnet offers a great place to relax and unwind from stresses of everyday life. And, of course, for those who are visiting Lake Buchanan, Burnet has all the supplies you could need to have the most fun on the lake.

Below, you’ll find everything you need to know for your trip to Burnet, including a fully interactive Map of Burnet. For visitors with GPS devices, Burnet’s coordinates are: 30.758238; -98.228358

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Accommodations Wineries and Vineyards
Restaurants Parks
Boat Rentals Additional Activities
Fishing Map of Burnet
Golf Courses Government Offices

A Little Burnet History

In the mid-1800’s the area that is now Burnet was plagued by Indian raids as well as cattle theft. An outpost was created in 1847 by a company of Texas Rangers to help protect the settlers in the area. In 1849, the outpost was chosen to act as a federal fort and was named Fort Croghan. Eventually a post office and courthouse was built. The courthouse was named Burnet Courthouse after David G. Burnet, who served as the ad interim President of the Republic of Texas. In 1858 the town’s name (originally named Hamilton) was changed to Burnet. Both the county and city of Burnet are named after David G. Burnet. Today, Fort Croghan still stands as a museum and tourist attraction in the area.

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Burnet, Texas is host to a wide variety Texas Hill Country lodging options. From romantic bed and breakfasts on Lake Buchanan, to small town cabins, huge nature parks, and even an African Getaway, Burnet has something for everyone. The diversity of Burnet's accommodations is one of the reasons visitors love to come back over and over again. There's always a new adventure in Burnet.

Below, you find lodging options in and around Burnet. Each listing has its own map to show where the property is located. 

Cool Waters Lake House On Lake LBJ

916 Clen Oak Parkway, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 830-693-8564
Email: frontdeskrentals@gmail.com


Cool Waters Lake LBJ cabin rental is a local favorit swimming hole.

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Heart of Texas Lake Resort On Lake LBJ

408 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-756-7766
Email: heartex@moment.net


Lakefront homes, cabins, condos on 7.5 shady acres of Lake LBJ.

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Casa Verde on Lake LBJ

148 Lost Trail, Burnet, TX 78611
Phone: 830-693-8564
Email: frontdeskrentals@gmail.com


Lake LBJ Vacation Rental with game room, dual jet-ski ramp and boat lift.

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Cockleburr Cove on Inks Lake

Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-756-7058
Email: sarah@cockleburrcove.com


4 vacation homes/2 cabins on private grounds.

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Big Chief Resort on East Lake Buchanan

1420 FM 690, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-793-4746
E-mail: info@bigchiefrvresort.com


Great reunion & retreat site.

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The Oak House On Lake LBJ

563 Shoals Pkwy, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 830-693-8564
Email: frontdeskrentals@gmail.com


A Vacation Rental Home located on the upper Colorado Arm of Lake LBJ.

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Breeze Terrace on Lake LBJ

120 Boutilier, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 830-693-8564
Email: frontdeskrentals@gmail.com


Family affordable Lake LBJ vacation rental.

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Terrace View

910 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, Tx 78611
Phone: 830-693-8564
Email: frontdeskrentals@gmail.com


Family affordable Lake LBJ rental.

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Mema and Pepas House

403 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, Tx 78611
Phone: 830-693-8564
Email: frontdeskrentals@gmail.com


Family affordable Lake LBJ vacation home.

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Ahoy Lakefront Resort On East Lake Buchanan

11510 RR 2341, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-715-8877, E-mail: info@ahoylakefront.com


Private beachfront condos on Lake Buchanan.

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Canyon of the Eagles On East Lake Buchanan

16942 RR 2341, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-334-2070
E-mail: reservations@canyonoftheeagles.com


Located in the Highland Lakes Upper Region, this nature-based destination resort is uniquely nestled within the Texas Hill Country preserve.

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Thunderbird Resort On East Lake Buchanan

200 Greenwood Hills Trail, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-756-4878
Email: tbirdres@tstar.net


Cabins on Lake Buchanan

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Painted Sky Inn On East Lake Buchanan

1400 CR 128, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-715-9896
E-mail: paintedskyinn@gmail.com


All rooms are waterfront with stunning panoramic views.

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Sunset Cliff Escape on East Lake Buchanan

3321 Sunset Cliff Rd, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-656-7698

Email: sherry@sunsetcliffescape.com


8000' house easily accommodates 18 with 3 bedrooms, 3rd floor apartment and bunk room.

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Lakeside Lodge on East Lake Buchanan

201 Lakewood Drive, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-756-4935
Email: lakesidelodge@281.com

Big private dock great for watching sunsets, 3 miles from Vanishing Texas Cruise, and the Eagle Eye Observatory.

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Arrowhead on Lake Buchanan

Located on RR2341
Burnet, TX  78611
(512) 265-4600
Email: info@arrowheadlakecabins.com


Private Texas Hill Country retreat on Lake Buchanan.

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Log Country Cove On Lake LBJ

617 Log Country Cove, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-756-9132
Email: mina@logcountrycove.com


Luxury cabins on Lake LBJ.

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Elk Lodge

140 Lost Trail
Burnet, TX 78611
Phone: 830-693-8564

Email: frontdeskrentals@gmail.om


Luxury Lake LBJ Vacation Rental 5/4, Sleeps 16, Boat dock with lift, dual jet ski ramp.

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Inks Lake State Park

3630 Park Road 4 W, Burnet, TX 78611
Phone: (512) 389-8900


Limited use cabins at one of the State's most popular parks.

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Rainbow Hearth Sanctuary On East Lake Buchanan

1330 Waterway Lane, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-756-7878

Email: mariah@rainbowhearth.com


Nurturing oasis on Lake Buchanan provides organic breakfast, lunch & dinners daily.

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Burnet Boat Rentals

Playing host to the largest lake in the Highland Lakes, Burnet offers several places to rent boats from. Some of the boat rental facilities in Burnet will even drop the boat off anywhere along the lake making for a very convenient pick-up and drop-off.

Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife web site for public access boat launch facilities in Burnet at Lake Buchanan.

Visit the LCRA web site for a map of marinas on Lake Buchanan.

Big Chief Resort On East Lake Buchanan
1420 FM 690, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 866-922-4433
E-mail: bigchiefrv@zeecon.com
Cabins, boat launch, large covered pavilion, clubhouse, & pool. Paddle, kayak and canoe rentals. Great reunion & retreat site. Ask about our pet friendly policy.

Lake Buchanan Adventures
16942 RR 2341, Burnet, Texas 78611
Outfitter and guide service offering kayaking adventures, boat rentals and group retreats on pristine waterways occupied by waterfalls, bald eagles & other wildlife that inhabit unspoiled habitats on Lake Buchanan.
Painted Sky Inn
Kayaks, Canoes and Stand-up Paddleboard Rentals.  Hourly and Daily Rates. Call for availability.

Sunset Boat Rentals
(325) 248-1701
E-mail: Sunset Boat Rental Email
36',48', and 52' boat rentals available. Also rents pontoon boats, ski boats, and jet skis.

Thunderbird Resort On East Lake Buchanan
200 Greenwood Hills Trail
Lake Buchanan, Texas 78609
Boat and watercraft rentals. Family friendly resort with cabins, pool, volleyball/basketball, and playground.
Thunderbird Web Site


Lake Buchanan's excellent fishing brings fisherman to Burnet all year long. Burnet's species of fish include Large Mouth Bass, White Bass, Striped Bass, Catfish, White Crappie, and Sunfish. The Texas Parks and Wildlife web site provides some excellent tips for fishing in Burnet. In addition, fishermen can hire a professional fishing guide in Burnet (listed below) to ensure you have a successful fishing trip.

Clancy's Fishing Guide Service
Clancy Terrill
Email: centraltexasfishing@yahoo.com
Specializing in Stripers, trophy cats, and White Bass on Lake Buchanan/Inks Lake.
Clancy's Fishing Guide Service Web Site

Empty Pockets Guide Service
109 S. Chaparral
Buchanan Dam, Texas

Fernandez Fishing Guide Service
Toll Free 877-266-0338
E-mail: Striper@tstar.net
We'll use 2009 25’ Tidewater Center Consol with twin 150 Horse Yamaha 4-stroke motors, and a full array of electronics, huge T-Top for shade and plenty of fishing room. Fast – “55 MPH” – dry and very smooth.
Fernandez Fishing Guide Service

Jerry Moore Fishing
Reservations Required
½ Day Trip (1-4 Persons): $300
Full Day Trip (1-4 Persons): $400
Jerry Moore Fishing Web Site

Jim Crawford Striper Guide Service
512-257-0103 or
512-755-0453 (mobile)
E-Mail: crawford@striperguide.com
Striper fishing with Jim Crawford on the Highland Lakes of Central Texas. Striped Bass guided fishing trips on scenic Lake Buchanan. Over 20 years experience as full-time guide.
Jim Crawford Striper Guide Web Site

Ray's Striper Guide Service
E-mail: iwannagofishing@raysstriperguideservice.com
Live & fish on Lake Buchanan. Can guide in all conditions & help you find the best fish.

Rick Ransom Lake Buchanan Striper Guide
E-mail: rick@honda-outboard.com
We provide everything you need, bait, rods & reels and filet and bag your catch. The only thing to bring is food, drinks, and of course an ice chest to carry your catch home.

Rick's Striper Guide
603 Waterway Lane Swiss Village, Burnet, TX 78611
E-mail: rickstriperguide@281.com
Rick Szukalla has been fishing & guiding on Lake Buchanan for over 15 years. We use top-of-the-line fishing tackle, rods, & reels. Clients are taken to fishing grounds in fully equipped sportfishing boats to locate striped bass that populate the largest lake in Central Texas.

Burnet Golfing

The most popular golf course in the Burnet area is Delaware Springs, an 18-hole championship golf course and the Highland Lakes Golf Club, a 9-hole golf course on Inks Lake.

For additional information on several other golf courses within driving distance from Burnet, see our page on Texas Hill Country Golf Courses.

Burnet Wineries and Vineyards

Burnet is located at the top end of the Texas Wine Trail. The following wineries and vineyards are located in the Texas Hill Country near Burnet.

For additional wineries located south of Burnet, see our page on wineries near Marble Falls.

Heart of Texas Wine Tours
(512) 755-0937  Tour Texas Hill Country wineries and vineyards in comfort, and with knowledgeable local wine tour guides at the wheel. Gather your friends, family, or special groups like bridesmaids or class reunion groups. You’ll enjoy just sitting back and relaxing in this elegant and safe way to tour while you learn about Texas wines. To reserve your tour of the Texas Hill Countries best Wineries and vineyards call (512) 755-0937. Great memories are only a phone call away!

Fall Creek Vineyards
Hours: Mon-Fri 11-4; Sat. 11-5; Sun 12-4
325-379-5361 or 512-476-4477
1820 CR 222, Tow, Texas 78672
65-acre estate winery on the northwest shore of Lake Buchanan. French tradition combined with California technology creates premium, award-winning wines. Open for complimentary tours and wine tasting. Take F.M. 2241 northeast, 2.2 mi. past Tow.

Texas Legato Winery
Hours: Fri-Sat 10-6; Sun 12-5
2935 Hwy 1478
Lampsas, Texas 76550

Pillar Bluff Vineyards
Hours: Fri-Sat 10-5; Sun 12:30-5
300 CR 111, Lampasas, Texas 76550
Pillar Bluff Vineyards feels that truly memorable wines are those that gain complexity with time and judicious care. The grape varieties and blending designs produce a memorable Texas Wine that will stand eye to eye with any competitor from any nation. Our quantities may not keep up with demand, but the quality will always be there.

Alamosa Wine Cellars
Hours: Fri-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5, or by appt.
677 CR 430, Bend, Texas 76824
Strives to grow the best grapes suited for the vineyards soil and climate. Varietals are from the southern European vineyards of Tuscany, Rioja and the Rhone Valley, regions with conditions similar to the Hill Country.

Burnet Parks

Burnet has several parks, both city and state, for recreational activities. These parks feature different amenities including camping, picnicking, boat launches, tours, and open grass areas for sports.

Not all of these parks are in Burnet County's boundaries, but all are short drives from your lodging venue of choice. Be sure to bring your camera and outdoor gear with you when visiting any park near Lake Buchanan. These parks also have unique & beautiful new aspects worth seeing with the change of each season.

Burnet County Park
Located off FM 2341 on the east side of Lake Buchanan, about mid-lake. Burnet County Park is open all year and there are no fees for visiting the park.

Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park On Lake Buchanan
NE on Lake Buchanan, 900 acre nature park. Stargazing observatory, beaches, camping, hiking, marina, RV sites, & well appointed cabins. On site restaurant & camp store. Weddings, reunions, & retreat groups welcome. Ask about day use and seasonal events.

Colorado Bend State Park/Gorman Falls & Cave
Box 118
Bend, TX 76824
North of Lake Buchanan, 5328-acre facility that was once a fish camp. Primitive hiking, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, birding, nature watching, & guided tours. 15.8 miles of hiking trails/14 miles of mountain bike trails. When Lake Buchanan is near normal levels, the river is navigable from the park's boat ramp to Lake Buchanan, approximately 10 miles. This trip is on slow moving water through the beautiful canyon lands of the Colorado.
Texas State Parks/Colorado Bend Park website

Enchanted Rock State Park
FM 1965, Llano, Texas
1643 acres on Big Sandy Creek, approximately 45 minutes SE of Burnet County, between Gillespie/Llano Counties. Primitive backpacking, hiking, picnicking, geological study, birding, & star gazing. Park resources are protected by law. Rock climbers must check in at headquarters before climbing the 425' granite dome revered by Native Americans as sacred ground.
Texas State Parks/Enchanted Rock Park website

Denney Ranch 2 Preserve, Burnet
10215 FM 963, Burnet, TX 78611-7339
96-acre family owned/operated ranch & nature preserve. Enjoy bird watching, photography on neatly groomed trails. Other nature related expeditions such as fossil & native plant education tours available by appointment.

Longhorn Caverns State Park, Burnet
512-756-6976 or 877-441-CAVE
Burnet, Texas 78611
Stay a cool 68 degrees year round! Open daily except Christmas. 85 minute tour over 1 1/4 miles of underground caverns. Picnic areas, hiking trails, gift shop & deli lunch counter. Admission. A favorite field trip for schools, & civic groups. Unique setting for weddings, reunions and retreats! For the more adventurous spelunkers, call 512-756-4680 & ask about the Wild Cave Tours.
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Longhorn Caverns Web Site

Additional Activities in Burnet

A great way to come into Burnet is on the Hill Country Flyer, a train that brings visitors to Burnet from Cedar Park. On the weekends you can see an old fashioned gun fight in Burnet, near the HEB.

Shopping and dining on Burnet’s Historic Square is a popular activity for many of the visitors here. Hamilton Creek Park (seen in the map below) is a great place to have a picnic or take a walk along the creek. History buffs will enjoy the Highland Lakes Air Museum for its vintage aircraft and military equipment and Fort Croghan which provided protection for the first settlers during the 1800’s.

If you’d like to get some exercise in during your stay in Burnet, Galloway Hammond Recreation Center is a new, state of the art recreation facility with weights, a swimming pool, running trails, and sports fields.

Map of Burnet, Texas

Below is a map of Burnet, Texas and the lodging and attractions available there. You can zoom in and out or move around this map using your cursor. To view the information for a location or business, just click on its icon.

Be sure to get directions to any of these locations from the businesses themselves. Do not rely on these map markers as many of them only show the general location of the business as it relates to Burnet.

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Burnet Tourism and Government Offices

Please feel free to contact any of these government offices with any questions you may have. For help making reservations at any one of Burnet's lodging properties, please contact the Burnet County Tourism Director.

County of Burnet
220 South Pierce St., Burnet, Texas 78611
(512) 756-5420

City of Burnet
1001 Buchanan Drive, Suite 4, Burnet, TX 78611
(512) 756-6093
Fax (512) 756-8560

Lake Buchanan/Inks Lake Chamber of Commerce
17816 Hwy. 29 in Buchanan Dam
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays

P.O. Box 282
Buchanan Dam, TX 78609

Texas Department of Transportation
125 East 11th St.,
Austin, TX 78701
(800) 558-9368
Burnet County Tourism
810 Steve Hawkins Parkway, Suite 4, Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Burnet Chamber of Commerce
229 South Pierce, Burnet, Texas 78611

Lower Colorado River Authority
Mail: LCRA
P.O. Box 220
Austin, TX 78767
Main Physical Address:
LCRA Headquarters
3700 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703
(512) 473-3200

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
(800) 792-1112

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Couldn't find what you were looking for in our Guide to Burnet, Texas? Check out what the other cities in Burnet County have to offer. Visit our travel guides for Bertram, Granite Shoals, Kingsland, Marble Falls, and Spicewood.


If you'd prefer a lakeside vacation, see our travel guides for Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, and Lake Travis.


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