Lake LBJ – The Official Visitor’s Guide

Lake LBJ, named for former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, is considered one of the most scenic reservoir lakes in the chain of Highland Lakes. Lake LBJ is located just 45 miles northwest of Austin, Texas sharing its shores with both Burnet and Llano Counties. The nearest sizeable town to Lake LBJ is Marble Falls, where visitors can find a variety of shopping and restaurants, and several resorts and smaller communities are located near or on the lake, including Horseshoe Bay, Granite Shoals, Kingsland and Sunrise Beach Village.

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

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Fishing Map of Lake LBJ

Lake LBJ History – A Quick Introduction

Lake LBJ was built by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to provide hydroelectric power and was later used for cooling water for the Thomas C. Ferguson Natural Gas Power Plant. The construction of Lake LBJ took place between 1948 and 1951. The lake was originally named Granite Shoals Lake until it’s name was changed in honor of Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1965 for his efforts as a Congressman and Senator toward the development of the Highland Lakes. Lake LBJ’s dam was also renamed to Wirtz Dam in 1952, named after Alvin J. Wirtz, the first general counsel of the LCRA.

Lake LBJ is an almost constant level lake, and it’s 21 mile length make it popular with boaters, including sailing boats. Vacation homes, retirement communities, golf resorts and the beautiful Texas Hill Country scenery have made Lake LBJ a favorite Central Texas getaway.

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

Lake LBJ Lodging and Accommodations

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


Lake LBJ's central location in the heart of the Texas Hill Country makes it an ideal place to lodge for exploring the surrounding area or for playing on the lake. Lake LBJ boasts a diverse range of lodging options on and off the lake. From beautiful cabins to full size resorts, you’re sure to find the perfect lake retreat for your getaway. Lake LBJ waterfront rentals are also available for those who prefer to stay in a beautiful vacation home with easy lake access.

Elk Lodge

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



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

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Casa Verde on Lake LBJ

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


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

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Terrace View

910 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, Tx 78611
Phone: 830-693-8564


Family affordable Lake LBJ rental home located just before the granite rocks on the Upper Colorado Arm.

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Cool Waters Lake House On Lake LBJ

916 Clen Oak Parkway, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 830-693-8564


Cool Waters Lake LBJ cabin rental is a local favorite swimming hole offering both a peaceful and scenic experience.

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Loch Lone Star on Lake LBJ

1406 Wofford Dr., Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-756-9262


Gated 3/3 waterfront on Lake LBJ.

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Little Lodge on the Lake

336 Campa Pajama, Kingsland, Texas 78639
Phone: 325-388-4757


On Lake LBJ, cabins include kitchenette, grills, boat launch, fishing pier, large shade trees & great swimming area.

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Lake LBJ Motel

13813 W FM 1431, Kingsland, Texas 78639
Phone: 325-388-4571


Basic motel rooms

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Chevy Cove Lake House on Lake LBJ

202 Oaks St., Kingsland, Texas 78639
Phone: 210 843 8014


Lakefront 3/2 vacation home on large lot on Lake LBJ.

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Heart of Texas Lake Resort On Lake LBJ

408 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-756-7766


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

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Breeze Terrace on Lake LBJ

120 Boutilier, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 830-693-8564


Family affordable Lake LBJ Vacation Rental with boat lift, dual jet-ski ramp and pool table.

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Sunset Cottage on Lake LBJ

(210) 601-7869\


Property ID:  613156




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Shady Grove

712 Circle Dr. Kingsland, Tx 78639
Phone: 830-693-8564


4/3, sleeps 18 in beds. Located on Chevy Cove, first lot just off open water.

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Log Country Cove On Lake LBJ

617 Log Country Cove, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 512-756-9132


Luxury cabins on Lake LBJ.

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Mema and Pepas House

403 Clen Oak Pkwy, Burnet, Tx 78611
Phone: 830-693-8564


Family affordable Lake LBJ vacation rental house

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Camp Champions

775 Camp Road, Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Phone: 830-598-2571


Large lakefront property with rustic cabins and lots of family friendly activities.

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Paradise Landing

716 CR 136 A, Kingsland, Tx 78639
Phone: 830-693-8564


3/2, sleeps 10 in beds, pet friendly.

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The Oak House On Lake LBJ

563 Shoals Pkwy, Burnet, Texas 78611
Phone: 830-693-8564


The Oak House Lake LBJ Vacation Rental Home, located on the upper Colorado Arm of Lake LBJ

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Lake LBJ Boat Rentals

Boating is a very popular activity on Lake LBJ, and fortunately there are a number of places to rent ski boats, pontoon boats, jet skis and even sail boats. Several Lake LBJ boat rental businesses also offer wake boarding and water skiing lessons, and you can rent a boat with a professional driver so you can enjoy hours of water playtime on the lake. With options located around the lake, you�re sure to find a conveniently located rental facility to enjoy all that Lake LBJ has to offer.

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

El Rio Rentals
14757 FM 1431, Kingsland, Texas 78639

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
509 Mountain Drive
Granite Shoals, Texas
LBJ Yacht Club Marina & Water Park
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.

Lake LBJ Fishing

Lake LBJ, like Lake Buchanan, is well known for its excellent Bass fishing and is popular with Texas fisherman. The most common species of fish in Lake LBJ are Large Mouth Bass, White Bass, Catfish, and White Crappie, as well as smaller population of Sunfish. Lake LBJ offers the best White Crappie population of any of the lakes in the Highland Lakes chain. In addition to fishing on your own, guided fishing excursions are available to provide the most successful fishing experience possible.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife web site provides some superb tips for fishing on Lake LBJ.


John Gilbert Fishing Guide Service
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 day. FISH, FISH, FISH & more FISH is what it's all about - see our pictures for the proof!

Lake LBJ Parks

Lake LBJ has a number of parks for recreational activities. In addition to swimming areas and boat launches, these parks feature different amenities including camping, picnicking, hiking and biking trails.

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

Adam Johnson/Lakeside Park, Marble Falls
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
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

Granite Beach Water Park On Lake LBJ, Cottonwood Shores
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
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
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.

LBJ National Historic Home/Park, Johnson City
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.


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.


Additional Fun Near Lake LBJ

Lake LBJ and the surrounding area boast a wide variety of activities, and there is bound to be something for everyone's interests. Golfers will love the beautiful golf courses, wine lovers will love the Hill Country vineyards and there is an abundance of hiking options, including Enchanted Rock and Longhorn Caverns. Children and sunbathers will enjoy The Slab, a popular (and free), sandy beach area that locals enjoy for swimming and picnicking.

Map of Lake LBJ

A map of Lake LBJ is below. 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.

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Lake LBJ Tourism and Government Offices

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


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

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

Lower Colorado River Authority
P.O. Box 220
Austin, TX 78767

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LCRA Headquarters
3700 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703
(512) 473-3200
Burnet County Tourism
810 Steve Hawkins Parkway, Suite 4
Marble Falls, Texas 78654

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

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 Lake LBJ? 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, Inks Lake, and Lake Travis.


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