Granite Shoals, Texas – The Official Visitor’s Guide

Granite Shoals is a small lake resort town located on Lake LBJ, 7 miles from the city of Marble Falls. It is popular with lake enthusiasts because it is home to 19 city parks on Lake LBJ, providing a lot of desirable lake access. This lake is normally a constant level lake, making it ideal for all water sports. Recent growth has allowed several new artisan stores to open in the area, providing more attractions for visitors.

Below you will find everything you need to make the most of your trip to Granite Shoals, Texas. For visitors with GPS devices, Granite Shoals’ coordinates are 30.561771;-98.349917

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

Granite Shoals History – A Quick Introduction


Granite Shoals got its name from the granite shoals (sandbars) that used to be visible in the Colorado River before the construction of Wirtz Dam and Lake LBJ. Granite Shoals was originally developed as a lake resort subdivision, but it incorporated as a city in 1966 and began with a tiny population of 300 residents. By the year 2000, the population had grown to over 2000 residents and now has a population just over 5,000. The main industry is granite mining. The town is a popular destination for outdoor and water enthusiasts, and you’ll find a number of houseboats in the area.

Granite Shoals Lodging and Accommodations


Check out our printable guide to hotels in the Highland Lakes (PDF)

 

Granite Shoals demonstrates its small town charm with its unique lakefront condo rentals and charming vacation homes. In Granite Shoals, you’ll be able to get away from all the city hustle and bustle, but are close enough to larger towns to take advantage of their amenities and shopping just a few miles down the road.

To view a map with the locations of all of the below accommodations, see our Map of Granite Shoals map of Granite Shoals at the bottom of this page.


Boating Rentals near Granite Shoals


Boating and water play are a way of life in Granite Shoals, and finding a boat rental or ski-do will be an easy task with a number of rental facilities in the area. Aquatic rentals include kayaks, canoes, motor boats, pontoon boats, jet skis, party boats and house boats. You can also rent water skiing, wake boarding and inner tube equipment at some of these boat rental locations. No matter what type of water sport you want to do on your vacation, you’re guaranteed to find it.

Visit the LCRA web site for current water levels on Lake LBJ.


El Rio Rentals
325-388-3783
14757 FM 1431, Kingsland, Texas 78639
E-mail: hersandhisinvestments@281.com
Pontoon, Sea Doo, Ski boat rentals along with ship/convenience store and boat gas sales. Also rent cottages in a beautiful park on Lake LBJ.
El Rio Rentals


Riverbend Marina
830-598-7668
509 Mountain Drive, Granite Shoals, Texas
       
LBJ Yacht Club Marina & Water Park
830-693-9172
200 S. Wirtz Dam, Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Full-service marina with slips, launcher, rentals, ship store and golfcart service. Cabins and waterpark also on site.
www.lakelbjmarina.com


Granite Shoals Fishing on Lake LBJ


Fishing is a popular pastime at all the Highland Lakes and Granite Shoals gives anglers the chance to catch the big one on their fishing trip to Lake LBJ! The common species available for fishing at Lake LBJ are Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Crappie and Catfish. For those that don’t want to go it alone, you can hired a guided fishing service to help you improve your chances of having a great catch.


John Gilbert Fishing Guide Service
512-913-2757
Fishing with John Gilbert is a truly unique & fun experience. John catches fish 90% of the time and he's easy-going so you're going to have a great day. FISH, FISH, FISH & more FISH is what it's all about - see our pictures for the proof!
www.johngilbertfishingguide.com


Granite Shoals Golf Courses


Golfers will have no trouble finding a course during their stay in Granite Shoals. With Granite Shoals being located so close to Marble Falls, there are a number of golf courses to choose from. See the Marble Falls Golf section of our Visitor's Guide to Marble Falls for a directory of all the golf courses in the area.


Granite Shoals Wineries and Vineyards


Granite Shoals is located in the middle of the Texas Wine Trail. For a listing of wineries within driving distance to Granite Shoals see our page on Marble Falls Wineries.

If you'd prefer even more options, see our page on Texas Hill Country Wineries.


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!
www.heartoftexaswinetours.com


Granite Shoals Parks


Granite Shoals loves parks. For a small town of 2000 people, it has a large number of parks, 19 city parks, and 17 of them are lakeside! The parks are the perfect setting for swimming, fishing, picnicking or launching your boat.

For an interactive map of Lake LBJ parks see this LCRA parks map.


Adam Johnson/Lakeside Park, Marble Falls
830-693-3615
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Operated by the City of Marble Falls. Two adjacent parks with many shade trees, picnic tables, playscape, outdoor stage, and covered outdoor restrooms.


Enchanted Rock State Park
325-247-3903
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.
Map
Texas State Parks/Enchanted Rock Park website

Granite Beach Water Park On Lake LBJ, Cottonwood Shores
830-693-9172.
200 S. Wirtz Dam Rd.
Restaurant, beach, swimming, water park, jet ski & cabin rentals, boat sales, service and rentals, public boat ramp and more. Call for seasonal hours and directions. Wedding, reunion, retreat and conference groups welcome.


Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park
830-644-2252
Group reservations at 830-868-7128, ext. 231.
Hwy. 290 west of Johnson City near Stonewall.
Visitor Center open 8am-5pm. Bus tour of LBJ Ranch, 10-4. $3 per person, children 6 and under free. See how President Lyndon B. Johnson lived on his ‘Texas White House’ ranch before, during & after years as President of the United States. Walk or drive to working Sauer-Beckman 1850’s Farm.
Texas State Parks/LBJ State Park website


Nightengale Archaeological Center/LCRA Park, Kingsland
830-598-5261 or 1-800-776-5272 Ext. 2112.
Free admission. From Marble Falls, west on Hwy. 1431 to CR 126, between Granite Shoals & Kingsland. Group reservations recommended. Scheduled tours available 2nd & 4th Saturdays from 2-5. Archeologists, paleontologists, geologists & other ‘ologists’ interested in preserving our past are encouraged to visit this hill country gem. A favorite among local school and civic groups; guided educational tours are available with advanced reservations.
       
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
512-339-9432
24518 FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654
46,000 acres of protected land for endangered bird and other wildlife species. Includes wildlife & wildflower tours, trails, & photography opportunities. Open year-round from sunrise to sunset.
Balcones Canyonlands website


Exotic Zoo, Johnson City
830-868-4357. Admission. From Marble Falls south on Hwy. 281 approximately 16 miles to Johnson City. Over 500 animals. View and feed animals from tour tram. Petting zoo. Free picnic area. School, and civic groups are welcome.
www.zooexotics.com


LBJ National Historic Home/Park, Johnson City
830-868-7128.
Off Hwy. 281 in Johnson City.
Boyhood home of President LBJ. Free Admission. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Separate facility from LBJ Ranch approximately 15 miles away.

Sauer-Beckmann 1850’s Living History Farm
830-644-2252
Admission free. Next to LBJ Ranch. Hours: 8 am-4:30pm.
Park employees dress, live, and work in 1900’s period pieces & demonstrate how the original German settlers lived on this farm. Favorite field trip destination for schools, clubs, and visitors; 15 or more please make reservations.


West Cave Preserve, Blanco County
Located off Hwy 71 between Marble Falls and Johnson City in the town of Round Mountain.
A natural treasure in the Texas Hill Country, this 30-acre gem offers an array of natural science & interdisciplinary educational programs for children and adults. Bring the whole family to enjoy the environmental learning center and beautiful walking trails tucked in a canyon grotto.
www.westcave.org


More Activities


Great family fun is available year-round at Sweet Berry Farm. Spring and summer months mean Strawberries and blackberries, and the crisp autumn weather brings pumpkins, gourds and fun fall activities like hayrides, scarecrow stuffing and pumpkin painting. The farm even has a 4 acre hayfield maze that visitors can play in.


Map of Granite Shoals


Below is a map of Granite Shoals. You can use your cursor to move around the map and zoom in or out. Be sure to verify directions with the businesses themselves as some of these markers are only intended to show general locations.


Granite Shoals Tourism and Government Offices


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


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


City of Granite Shoals
410 N. Phillips Ranch Road
Granite Shoals, Texas 78654
Phone (830) 598-2424
Fax (830) 598-6538
www.graniteshoals.org


Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce
(325) 388-6211
Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce


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
www.lcra.org
       
Burnet County Tourism
810 Steve Hawkins Parkway, Suite 4
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
www.thehighlandlakes.org


Texas Department of Transportation
125 East 11th St.,
Austin, TX 78701
(800) 558-9368
www.txdot.gov
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
(800) 792-1112
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/


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