Inks Lake State Park – Burnet, Texas

By , May 26, 2008 11:06 pm

Trip Date: May 23, 2008

Length of Stay: 3 nights

Rating: 5 of 5

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Inks Lake State Park is located in Burnet, Texas which is about 65 northwest of Austin, Texas. Inks Lake State Park (ILSP) is an OUSTANDING state park!!! The park is on the shores of Inks Lake and is over 1200 acres big. ILSP has over 340 camp sites and most of these are no the water’s edge or only a short walk to the water’s edge.

We camped at ILSP over Memorial Day Weekend (Friday through Monday). The park is extremely popular and we made our reservations back in January. The park was probably 95% full and I am quite sure all of the RV spots (water and power) were occupied. We were a little concerned that the park would be too crowded, but the camping spots are well spread out so crowding as never an issue.

We stayed at campsite 79 which was on a small semi-circle driveway just off of the main park road. We were maybe 60 yards from the water’s edge. Campsite 79 is very private and quiet which is exactly what we wanted. Campsite 79 is also very close to the bathhouse as well. Our site was very level and well shaded.

Inks Lake is a wonderful family oriented park. It has tons of things to do:

  • swimming
  • boating
  • canoeing
  • hiking
  • biking
  • fishing
  • playgrounds
  • etc.

We took our kayak and really enjoyed paddling around the lake. At the far end of the cove where the campground is located is a swimming area called Devil’s Waterhole which has some rock formations about 25 to 30 feet high that people like to jump off of into the lake.

We fished early one morning but didn’t catch anything. We could see large mouth bass hitting the top of the water, but we had no luck. We also met a some very nice families many were from Austin, but a few were from the Houston and Dallas areas as well.

Longhorn Caverns State Park is about 5 miles from Inks Lake State Park. We didn’t take the tour due to the cost ($14.00 per person) so we just wandered through the gift shop.

Our stay at Inks Lake State Park was great. We definitely intend on going back since it is close and convenient to our home in Austin. The only criticism we have is that 3 of the bathhouses were under renovation so the one bathhouse near our site was extremely busy at times. On your next trip to central Texas, stay at Inks Lake State Park; you won’t regret it

Follow this link to my Picasa photo album to see more photos from Inks Lake State Park.

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