Inks Lake State Park
Hill Country Gem
Inks Lake State Park offers family fun on water and land. With its sparkling blue water, colorful rock outcrops, and striking sunsets, this gem of the Hill Country is just an hour northwest of Austin.
Things to Do
Inks Lake State Park 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 and observe nature. We have 7.5 miles of hiking trails through shady forests and across rocky hills. Hike Pecan Flats, a self-guided 3.3-mile trail that is perfect for the whole family, or stop by our bird blind. Rent our group picnic pavilion for your next family reunion.
On the water, you can swim (no lifeguards on duty), boat, water ski, scuba dive and fish. We have set aside a large, no-wake zone for paddling.
- Rent paddle boats, canoes, one- to two-person kayaks, life vests and paddles at the park store.
- Be safe on the water; read our water safety tips.
Stay at one of nearly 200 campsites or 22 cabins (two are ADA-accessible). Many sites are lakeside or have easy access to the lake. Several camping loops have playgrounds. Sponsored youth groups can rent our youth group camping area.
Fish for sunfish, catfish and several species of bass. We have two fishing piers, fish cleaning stations, and a boat ramp. You do not need a fishing license to fish from a pier or the shore in a state park.
- Borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers.
- Detailed fishing and lake information for Inks Lake.
- Fishing Tip Sheet
Buy food and supplies inside the park. The park store sells snacks, camping supplies and souvenirs.
Hike the small canyon or swim at Devil’s Waterhole. When Valley Spring Creek is running, you can explore scenic waterfalls upstream of the lake.
Civilian Conservation Corps
We need your help! Visit the Volunteer page (search on our zip code – 78611) or stop by headquarters.
Rangers lead nature walks, geology hikes, canoe tours and other programs.
Help your children explore nature through our Junior Ranger Program. Pick up a free Activity Journal or borrow an Explorer Pack.
- Check the Events page for upcoming programs.
- Call the park to schedule a program for your group.
- Interpretive Guide to Inks Lake and Longhorn Cavern State Parks
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