Lake Travis area day-trippers and weekend-wanderers can find Inks Lake State Park about an hour away near Burnet.
This off-the-beaten-path gem with a constant water level and lots of outdoor activities is the perfect place to enjoy some down time, fun time, and everything in between.
It’s far enough away to feel like you’re getting out of the Lake Travis area, but not too far. Get away for the day, a weekend, or the whole week — there’s no shortage of things to do and places to see.
Boating, Fishing and Hiking at Inks Lake
If you’ve got a boat to bring along, the constant level lake is yours to enjoy until sundown. If you don’t have a boat, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the water. Canoes, kayaks and paddle-boats can be rented — it’s best to call ahead to ensure a vessel of your choice is available.
You could always go fishing. If you haven’t before, this is an ideal park for trying it out as Inks Lake participates in the Angler Education Tackle Loaner Program. The program allows you to borrow fishing equipment for up to seven days. It’s the perfect way to introduce your little ones to fishing without dropping a bunch of money on gear.
Even if water activities are not your first choice, there are miles of hiking and backpacking trails throughout the park along with a whole list of area attractions.
Camping at Inks Lake
There are plenty of choices for camping at Inks Lake State Park. You can backpack to primitive camp sites or grab a site with electricity and water.
If you prefer a less outdoorsy experience, cabins are available on a “first-come, first-served” basis with reservations. Many cabins are located near the water, making swimming and boating time a breeze during your stay.
Furnishings are simple: two sets of twin bunk beds (be sure to bring your pillows and sheets), a table with chairs, and ceiling fans to help fight the Texas heat. And don’t let the peak of summer heat stop you from camping out — each cabin is equipped with an A/C window unit. Outside each cabin, there is running water, a picnic table and a campfire spot.
Hours, Location and Fees
Inks Lake State Park is open year-round. Fees for campsites and cabins range from $10 to $50 per night, in addition to daily entrance fees for everyone age 13 and older.
3630 Park Road 4 West Burnet, TX 78611 (map)