Inks Lake, Texas, USA

Inks Lake is located about an hour northwest of Austin in the picturesque Texas Hill Country. Measuring just 4.2 miles long and 3000 feet at its widest point, this reservoir was formed in 1938 by the construction of the Inks Dam by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Before Buchanan Dam at Lake Buchanan was completed, LCRA began work three miles downstream on this smaller dam so the two could work – READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Inks Lake! Article topics include:

Looking for Inks Lake cabins or other accommodations? Save time and use this interactive map to find, compare and book at the best rates. Or explore more of our favorite travel partners.

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Inks Lake! Article topics include:

Looking for Inks Lake cabins or other accommodations? Save time and use this interactive map to find, compare and book at the best rates. Or explore more of our favorite travel partners.

All About Inks Lake

Lake Locations: USA - Southwest - Texas - Hill Country -

Inks Lake is located about an hour northwest of Austin in the picturesque Texas Hill Country. Measuring just 4.2 miles long and 3000 feet at its widest point, this reservoir was formed in 1938 by the construction of the Inks Dam by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Before Buchanan Dam at Lake Buchanan was completed, LCRA began work three miles downstream on this smaller dam so the two could work in tandem. Inks Dam has no floodgates, and the power plant is the smallest in the Highland Lakes chain. A small amount of water can be released through hydroelectric generation, but the bulk of floodwater passes over an uncontrolled spillway. Water levels are fairly constant, with annual fluctuations about one foot. During flooding situations, the lake level can rise as the flood waters are passed through Inks Lake to other lakes downstream.

Inks Lake is still relatively untouched by the hustle and bustle of civilization. The draw is the environment, nature and wildlife. You will not find commercialized high-rise buildings, condominiums, or overcrowded waterways. Inks Lake is noted for its picturesque scenery and pristine beauty of granite, limestone, cactus and wildflowers. The terrain is rolling hills, pink granite, cactus, and trees. Unique and magical geological features are a big draw for visitors. Gneiss (pronounced like nice), pinkish granite outcroppings, and lichens, a combination of fungus and algae that tints the rock formations in hues of yellow and green, rim the limestone edges of Inks Lake. They pop from the ground like little sculptures.

Inks Lake State Park, a 1,200 acre panorama of natural beauty, borders approximately one-third of the eastern shoreline of the lake. The park’s recreational opportunities include swimming, boating, canoeing, water skiing, scuba diving, sailing, and fishing. Deer, turkey, quail, numerous songbirds, and other species of wildlife are abundant here. With more than 200 campsites to accommodate everyone from tent campers to RV users, Inks Lake State Park ranks as the runner-up in overnight camping leaders among Texas state parks. Most of the mini cabins and many of the campsites line the shores of the lake. A two-lane boat ramp is available at the park along with a lighted fishing pier and plenty of shoreline access. Because of the park’s popularity, it is a good idea to make reservations well in advance if you would like to camp there.

Inks Lake has been stocked with several species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish present in Inks Lake include largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish. Inks Lake offers a variety of cover and structure to fish. The shoreline contains numerous rock piles, ledges, and chunk rock banks. Water color in the reservoir is fairly clear. Although the lake remains at a near constant level, no significant aquatic vegetation is present.

Is photography your passion? With its wealth of natural beauty, Inks Lake is a photographer’s heaven. Scenic drives on either side of the lake will provide many opportunities to stop, explore and take pictures. A short, uphill trail leads to a granite overlook above Devil’s Waterhole, while the old Highway 29 Bridge, now a pedestrian walkway, spans the width of Inks Lake, allowing a breathtaking view of the lake and the spillway of Buchanan Dam.

If you are looking to take a break from water sports and nature activities, then consider a trip to nearby Longhorn Cavern State Park. There you will be awed by Longhorn Cavern, a Texas Hill Country wonder created over thousands of years by the dissolving and cutting action of water on the limestone bedrock of the area. Fossil remains show that many Ice Age animals once occupied the cave. On your way back to camp, be sure to check out the quaint antique and craft shops along the way. Another fun day can be spent with a tour of Fall Creek Vineyards, or playing golf on the waterfront golf course. And when hunger strikes, there is no shortage of good BBQ in the area.

Inks Lake and the surrounding Texas Hill Country hold many other opportunities for you to explore. Whether it is in one of the other Highlands Lakes, Enchanted Rock, Falkenstein Castle, or a beautiful moonlight walk on the old bridge with the gentle lake breezes, you will never run out of things to do.

Things to Do at Inks Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Antiquing

Fish Species Found at Inks Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • White Bass

All About Inks Lake

Best hotels and vacation rentals at Inks Lake

The Inks Lake map shown above is a simple and stress-free way to search for trip accommodations. But if you want to take a deeper dive to find the ideal waterfront home, cabin, condo, hotel or resort, visit our favorite lodging partners by clicking the buttons below.

Note: These are affiliate links so we may earn a small commission if you book through them. While there is no extra cost to you, it helps provide resources to keep our site running (thank you)! You can read our full disclosure policy here.


More Ways to Book a Inks Lake Vacation

While our interactive map above is perfect for comparing LAKENAME rental homes (with VRBO) and nearby hotels (with Booking.com), there might be times when you need to expand your search with a different type of accommodation. Here are some other LAKNAME lodging partners you might want to explore:

Check TripAdvisor
Explore RV Rentals
Find a Campspot
View All Resources

Note: These are affiliate links and we may earn a small commission. Read our full disclosure policy here.


More Sites to Book a Inks Lake Vacation

Our interactive lodging map shown above is perfect for comparing LAKENAME VRBO rental homes and nearby Booking.com hotels, there are times when you need to expand your search for different types of accommodation. Here are some other LAKNAME lodging partners you can explore:

Check TripAdvisor
Explore RV Rentals
Find a Campspot
View All Resources

Note: These are affiliate links and we may earn a small commission. Read our disclosure policy here.


More Sites to Book a Inks Lake Vacation

Our interactive lodging map shown above is perfect for comparing LAKENAME VRBO rental homes and nearby Booking.com hotels, there are times when you need to expand your search for different types of accommodation. Here are some other LAKNAME lodging partners you can explore:

Check TripAdvisor
Explore RV Rentals
Find a Campspot
View All Resources

Note: These are affiliate links and we may earn a small commission. Read our disclosure policy here.


Recommended Sites to Book a Inks Lake Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Inks Lake lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
ALL TRAVEL RESOURCES

Note: These are affiliate links so we may earn a small commission if you book through them. While there is no extra cost to you, it helps provide resources to keep our site running (thank you)! You can read our full disclosure policy here.

[get-post-images]

divider

Lake Type: Not Known

Water Level Control: Lower Colorado River Authority

Surface Area: 837 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 888 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 877 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 903 feet

Maximum Depth: 60 feet

Water Volume: 15,063 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1938

Drainage Area: 31,290 sq. miles

We strive to keep the information on LakeLubbers as accurate as possible. However, if you’ve found something in this article that needs updating, we’d certainly love to hear from you! Please fill out our Content Correction form.

More Inks Lake news from LakeLubbers.com

  • Advertise your vacation rental property or local business: DETAILS HERE
  • The Inks Lake forum has been discontinued: HERE’S WHY
  • New Inks Lake photos coming soon!
  • You’re invited to join our lake-lovin’ community on Facebook and Instagram!
  • Share this Inks Lake article with your fellow LakeLubbers:

Do you have a vacation rental property at Inks Lake? Coming in 2022, LakeLubbers will have an opportunity for you to showcase your listing and put it in front of thousands of lake lovers searching our site for homes, condos or townhomes to rent for their upcoming lake trip this season.

Please get in touch with our advertising team HERE and we’ll provide you more details on this upcoming advertising opportunity.

divider

Looking for the Inks Lake forum?

LakeLubbers previously offered visitors the ability to create accounts and participate in lake forums. When we overhauled the site’s content management system in 2021 we had to disable those features. We’re evaluating options and welcome your comments and feedback here.

We also encourage you to join our lake-lovin’ community on Facebook and Instagram!

Click here to advertise your Inks Lake vacation rental or local business.

The former Inks Lake forum is closed. Find out why here.

New Inks Lake photo gallery is coming soon.

Please share this article with your fellow lake lovers!

Spread the word! Share our Inks Lake article with your fellow Lake Lubbers!

Explore local Inks Lake vacation rentals and hotel accommodations using our interactive map. Clicking on listings below will allow you to compare nearby properties, best rates and availability for your dates.

Looking for the old Inks Lake forum group? Click Here

New Inks Lake photos coming soon!

Vacation Home Name

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nam consequat a neque id hendrerit. Mauris ut commodo erat. Praesent at fermentum sem. Vivamus dui turpis, posuere sed auctor a, luctus semper nibh. Etiam quis neque vehicula, finibus sem sit amet, condimentum turpis….

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • hot tub
  • wifi