Inks Lake, Texas – The Official Visitor’s Guide

Welcome to the Inks Lake Visitor’s Guide! The Burnet County Tourism Office is proud to offer this one stop resource for everything Inks Lake. Whether you’re looking for cabin rentals, pet friendly rentals, guidance for Inks Lake fishing, information on Inks Lake State Park, or to find out about the numerous attractions available in the area, you’ve come to the right place.

Below you will find all the resources you need to make your visit to Inks Lake as rewarding as possible. For visitors with GPS devices, Inks Lake’s coordinates are: 30.745967;-98.374672

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Restaurants Parks
Boat Rentals Additional Activities
Fishing Map of Inks Lake

Inks Lake General Information


Inks Lake is a man made lake created during the great depression of the 1930’s. The Lower Colorado River Authority built Inks Lake with the creation of Buchanan Dam and Inks Dam, projects which provided employment to over 1,500 through the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Of course, the history of the area does not just begin in the 1930’s with the creation of Inks Lake. As far back as 8,000 years ago people lived among the banks of the Colorado River and Spanish and Anglo settlers set up communities here as well. But the creation of the Highland Lakes, of which Inks Lake is the second of six lakes, made the area much safer by controlling the constant flooding that plagued the area.

Today, Inks Lake is the second lake in the chain of 6 called the Highland Lakes, which also includes Lake Buchanan, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, and Lake Austin.

Learn more about Inks Lake in this episode of The Daytripper:

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Inks Lake Lodging


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

 


Keep in mind that Lake Buchanan is located right next to Inks Lake. If you are unable to located lodging on Inks Lake, take a look at additional options near Lake Buchanan.



The Cove House at Cockleburr Cove on Inks Lake

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

 

3 Bedroom, 2 bath home. Sleeps 7-9 people comfortably.


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The Tree House at Cockleburr Cove on Inks Lake

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

 

3 bedroom, 3 bath home that sleeps 6-9 people comfortably.


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Inks Lake State Park

345 County Road 117, Burnet, TX 78611
Phone: 512-793-2474

 

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


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The Lake House at Cockleburr Cove on Inks Lake

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

 

3 bedroom, 2 bath home that sleeps 6-9 people comfortably.


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The Sunday House at Cockleburr Cove on Inks Lake

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

 

3 bedroom, 2 bath home that sleeps 5-7 people comfortably.


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Inks Lake Boat Rentals


There are two options for renting canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats on Inks Lake. Be sure to reserve your boat before your trip to Inks Lake to ensure one is available on the date of your choice. For ski boat rental options, see our Lake Buchanan boat rental guide.


Boat ramps are available at Inks Lake State Park for launching your own boat.

Inks Lake State Park
512-389-8900 for reservations.
Park 512-793-2223.
1,200 acres offering tent, minicabins, and RV camping, picnic, fishing, hiking, canoes, paddle boats; on-site camp store, boat launch. Youth groups and civic clubs welcome.
Inks Lake State Park Web Site
       
Lake Buchanan Adventures
512-756-9911
16942 RR 2341
Burnet, Texas 78611
Offers boat kayak and canoe rental from Canyon of the Eagles on Lake Buchanan but will allow rentals to be taken off site. Rentals are by appointment only.
www.lakebuchananadventures.com


Inks Lake Fishing


Inks Lake has an abundance of fish including Bass, Crappie, and Catfish. To be sure you are as triumphant as possible in your Inks Lake fishing trip, you may want to consider hiring one of these excellent fishing guides.


For fishing tips on Inks Lake, see this PDF provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


For information on buying a fishing license, see the Texas Parks and Wildlife web site.


Clancy's Fishing Guide Service
512-633-6742
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


Fernandez Fishing Guide Service
512-755-1007
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
       
Empty Pockets Guide Service
512-793-5127
109 S. Chaparral
Buchanan Dam, Texas
www.emptypocketsfishing.com

Ray's Striper Guide Service
512-825-8746
E-mail: iwannagofishing@raysstriperguideservice.com
Live & fish on Lake Buchanan. Can guide in all conditions & help you find the best fish.
www.raysstriperguideservice.com


Inks Lake Parks


Parks at (or near) Inks Lake offer a variety of activities including camping, picnicking, and fishing. A walk through their many trails can be wonderful way to spend a beautiful morning with a loved one.

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.
http://www.thehighlandlakes.org/users/0001/images/canyon_eagles_2.jpg     


Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park, Lake Buchanan
1-800-977-0081.
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.
Map
www.canyonoftheeagles.com/


Colorado Bend State Park/Gorman Falls & Cave
325-628-3240
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
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


Denney Ranch 2 Preserve, Burnet
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.
512.756.9636
10215 FM 963
Burnet, TX 78611-7339


Inks Lake State Park
512-389-8900 for reservations.
Park 512-793-2223.
1,200 acres offering tent, minicabins, and RV camping, picnic, fishing, hiking, canoes, paddle boats; on-site camp store, boat launch. Youth groups and civic clubs welcome.
Inks Lake State Park Web Site


Longhorn Caverns State Park
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.
See what Fodor's said!
Longhorn Caverns Web Site


Rockaway Park     
Rockaway RV Park on Inks Lake, Burnet
512-755-3098
Burnet, Texas 78611
21 RV sites on tranquil Inks Lake. All waterfront sites have 30/50 amp. Laundry facilities, bathroom/showers. Rental facility for family reunions or special events available onsite also.
Rockaway Web Site


Additional Fun


Wine lovers can take a wine tasting tour at Fall Creek Vineyards, a winery located on Lake Buchanan.


Before leaving Inks Lake, be sure to visit the Lyndon B. Johnson State Historic Site for a picnic, fishing, or historical tour. If you prefer more physical activity, check out Enchanted Rock, a geological masterpiece that has to be experienced.


Inks Lake Map


Below is a map of Inks Lake and the lodging and attractions available there. You can use your cursor to move around and zoom in or out on the map.

Be sure to contact any of these businesses for directions as the markers may only show general locations.


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Government Offices


lease feel free to contact any of these government offices with any questions you may have.


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


Lake Buchanan/Inks Lake Chamber of Commerce
17816 Hwy. 29 in Buchanan Dam
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays
512.793.2803

Mail:
P.O. Box 282
Buchanan Dam, TX 78609
www.buchanan-inks.com/


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
(800) 792-1112
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/
       
Burnet County Tourism
810 Steve Hawkins Parkway, Suite 4
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
www.thehighlandlakes.org


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


Texas Department of Transportation
125 East 11th St.,
Austin, TX 78701
(800) 558-9368
www.txdot.gov


More Information


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

 

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

 

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