LOCALS LOVE US: Inks Lake State Park attracts campers from all over

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF

BURNET — Whether it’s the views, the lake or the pink granite boulders that beckon hikers to climb, Inks Lake State Park continues to be a favorite place to camp among local residents as well as thousands of visitors from across the country.“Families have been coming here for four or five generations,” Park Ranger Chris Hall said.

“Some of the programs we offer are canoe and kayaking tours,” he said. “We have an annual first-grader program, Junior Ranger programs, Fishing with the Ranger — something for everybody, the entire family.”

Burnet and Llano County residents voted the park the Best Campground in The Picayune’s “Locals Love Us” readers’ choice awards.

Hundreds of camping sites at various levels are available, from water-access tent sites, recreational vehicle sites with water and electric hook-ups, cabins by the water and even primitive sites amidst miles of trails. The park also features shower facilities, a park store and hot food vendors.

Park rangers said local residents don’t hesitate to take advantage of camping amenities in their own backyard.

“The various geological rock features draw people,” Hall said, “(as do) the friendly staff, the ease of checking in, the views, the lake and all of the various water activities.”

Office manager Pam Major said the staff plays a part in setting the serene camping scene.

“It’s more family-oriented. Everyone comes out with the kids. They want to go hiking, biking. We want to get them out into the park, enjoying the park,” Major said. “From the time the customer comes in, we try to make them feel welcome. We try to get them in and out, so everyone can enjoy their camping experience.”

connie@thepicayune.com