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Lake Roundup

Escape the Heat This Summer

Texas is blessed with fabulous rivers, lakes and streams to enjoy water activities and to just cool off in the sometimes spring-fed waters. Here are four of our favorite Texas lakes.

Inks Lake State Park at 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet is great for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Because the lake’s level usually stays constant, you can play here year-round. On land, you can camp, backpack, geocache, play volleyball, picnic, and observe nature. There are 9 miles of hiking trails through shady forests and across rocky hills. On the water, you can swim, boat, water ski, scuba dive and fish. Rent paddle boats, canoes, one- to two-person kayaks, life vests and paddles at the park store. Stay at one of nearly 200 campsites or 22 cabins. There are two fishing piers, fish cleaning stations, and a boat ramp. https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/inks-lake

Lake Corpus Christi State Park at 23194 Park Rd 25 in Mathis offers many activities. On water, you can swim, paddle, fish, boat, and water ski. On land, you can camp, hike, bike, geocache, and bird and nature watch. The park has two lighted fishing piers, one of which is 400 feet long and wheelchair accessible. There are also two boat ramps and two fish cleaning shelters. Alligators live in the park. Stay in one of our screened shelters, cabins or campsites. Choose from a basic campsite with water only, sites with water and electricity, or full hookup sites. https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-corpus-christi

Canyon Park is a 485-acre park located on the north shore of Canyon Lake near Hancock. This lakefront park is currently open from April 1 - September 30 on a first come, first serve basis. This is a day use only park. Canyon Park offers 104 picnic sites with grills, 3 pavilions available for rent, and one 3 lane boat ramp with a courtesy dock. It features a large sand swim beach with soccer goals and a sand volleyball court. Comal Park is a 116-acre park located on the south shore of Canyon Lake near Startzville. This lakefront park is currently open from March though October on a first come, first serve basis for day-use. It offers over 70 picnic sites, grills, two double-lane boat ramps with courtesy docks, a large swim beach, children’s playground, sand volleyball court, and soccer goals. https://texashillcountry.com/canyon-lake-texas/

Lake Travis is a big lake with no central/single point of access. The lake is 63.75 miles long, has over 271 miles of shoreline and its maximum width is 4.5 miles. The lake covers 18,929 acres of limestone bottom offering crystal clear water. As the “Crown Jewel” of the Central Texas Highland Lakes, Lake Travis is the most visited freshwater recreational vacation destination in the State. Lake Travis parks allow for a variety of activities such as picnicking, grilling, swimming, hiking, boat ramp access and more. All kinds and sizes of watercraft rental options are available. Lake Travis has two zipline operators and four waterparks. There are over 20 marinas on the lake. https://laketravis.com/

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