FROM STAFF REPORTS
BURNET — It’s spring at Inks Lake State Park, and there are plenty of warm-weather activities of which to take advantage including hiking, star-gazing, fishing and geocaching.
The park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West near Burnet. Park entrance fees are $6 for ages 13 and older, $3 for Texas residents 65 and older and free for ages 12 and younger.
• Easter egg hunt, 10 a.m. April 19 — A free Easter egg hunt for the kids. Meet near the volleyball court. Park entrance fees apply.
• Fishing with a Ranger, 5-6 p.m. Fridays in April and Saturday, April 19 — Learn the basics of fishing with poles and a tackle box (limited availability) provided free through the park’s tackle loaner program. Meet behind the park store. Park entrance fees apply.
• Geocaching 101 Workshop — 9:30-11 a.m. April 12 and 26 — Learn the basics and the equipment in this modern-day treasure hunt. Meet at the park store. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water for a hike. The program is $3 plus park entrance fees.
• Night Sky Viewing, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (weather permitting) — Partnering with Stargaze USA, the park will use a computer-controlled telescope and laser pointers to show off features of the night sky. Meet near the playground in front of Chris’ Landing. The program is $4 plus park entrance fees.
• Geology Rocks, 9:30-11 a.m. April 5 and 19 — Learn about the park’s geology on a hike. Meet at the park headquarters with your vehicle to drive to the program site. The program is $3 for ages 6 and older plus park entrance fees.
• Hike the Hill Country, 1-4 p.m. April 12 and 26 — Take a challenging four-mile hike over rocky outcroppings and around the lake for experienced hikers. A Highland Lakes Master Naturalist will teach hikers about the flora and fauna of the park. Bring water and a snack. Free with park entrance fees.
• Stumpy Hollow Hike, 2-3 p.m. April 5 and 19 — Learn about animal habitats and vegetation with a Highland Lakes Master Naturalist. Meet at the Pecan Flats trailhead. Free with park entrance fees.
Lake activities include:
• Devil’s Waterhole Canoe Tour, 1:30-3 p.m. April 12 and 26 (weather permitting) — Learn the basics of paddling a canoe followed by a guided tour to Devil’s Waterhole. Wear swim clothing and water shoes. Pre-register at the park headquarters. The program is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, children and Texas State Parks Pass holders plus park entrance fees.
• Electric boat tours include: sunset cruises 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturdays; sunset jaunts 7:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays; and a lake jaunt noon-1 p.m. April 19 (all weather permitting). Meet behind the park store. Pre-registration is required with a limit of eight passengers a trip. Cruises are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors, children and Texas State Parks Pass holders plus entrance fees. Jaunts are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, children and Texas State Parks Pass holders plus entrance fees.
The park also offers boat rentals of canoes, kayaks (single and double) and paddle boats for $15 a hour. Life jackets and paddles are provided. Junior Ranger Explorer Packs filled with gear for families to explore the park on their own are available at the park store to check out for free. Availability is limited.
For more about the programs, call the park interpreter at (512) 793-4689. For more about the park, call the headquarters at (512) 793-2223.