The old Inks Lake Bridge
over Inks Lake on Hwy 29
They have recently built a new 4 lane bridge going over Inks Lake which replaced the old Inks Lake Bridge. They are keeping the old bridge as a walking bridge over the lake. There will be no diving from the old bridge or fishing from the old bridge, but the views of the lake, Buchanan Dam, and boating activity are great from the old bridge. A beautiful moonlight walk on the old bridge with the gentle lake breezes makes for a great evening.
Located 55 miles northwest of Austin, Texas on Highway 29, Inks Lake is the next lake down the Colorado River from Lake Buchanan. It starts just a short distance from the base of Buchanan Dam. With a length of 4.2 miles and a width of 3,000 feet, Inks Lake is the shortest of the first four lakes but is also one of the prettiest.
There are three towns close to Inks Lake. Burnet is 14 miles to the east of Inks Lake. Kingsland is 7 miles south and Llano is 17 miles to the west.
The boating and water skiing are fantastic on Inks Lake. The view of the bridge that spans the lake and the view of the dam are very appealing. A restaurant called "The Catfish Barge", which is actually built on a floating barge, serves great catfish dinners and offers very nice views of the lake and the bridge.
These fish hang around the Catfish Barge Restaurant looking for a free handout. The tourists enjoy feeding them, and the fish will actually eat out of your hand. They are wild fish that come up to the barge for a free meal.
Photo by Roy M. Harrell
INKS LAKE STATE PARK is a 1,200 acre panorama of cedar and oak woodlands bordering Inks Lake. The park offers swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, BBQing and even golf. They have 7.5 miles of hiking trails. Bring your camera to get terrific photos of the deer, turkeys and other wildlife.
Services Available at Inks Lake:
Catfish Barge Restaurant
Restaurant on a barge on Inks Lake with great catfish meals. Very popular with the tourists as well as the locals.
Inks Lake Vacation Home For Rent
On beautiful Inks Lake between Burnet and Llano. Comfortably sleeps up to 6 people in this 3 bedroom 2 bath lakefront home. Rent by day, week or longer. Winter Texans welcome.
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