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Inks Lake State Park has hikes, fishing, Dutch-oven cooking

BURNET — Inks Lake State Park has plenty of activities to get you outdoors this September — even a cooking class.

The park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 near Burnet. Entrance fees are $6 for ages 13 and older; $3 for Texas residents 65 and older; and free for children 12 and younger.

A Dutch oven cooking class on cobblers is 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Students will learn the basics of using a cast-iron Dutch oven, handy for whipping up meals on camping trips. Bring a spoon and a plate to sample the finished dessert. There also will be recipes to take home.

Meet at the group pavilion near the boat ramp. The program is free for all ages with park entrance fees.

Other activities and programs include:

• Fishing with a Ranger, 5-6 p.m. Fridays — Learn the basics of fishing. Free with entrance fees. Meet behind the park store.

• Kayaking into the Sunset, 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays — Kayaks and paddles are provided by the park for a sunset trip on the lake. Bring water. If you bring your own kayak, it must have a working 360-degree light. Cost is $10 plus entrance fees.

• Night Sky Party, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (weather permitting) — View the night sky with a computer-controlled telescope and laser pointers. Cost is $10 plus entrance fees. Meet near the playground in front of Chris’ Landing.

• Devil’s Waterhole canoe tour, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 6 (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-registration required at park headquarters. Cost is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children with entrance fees.

• Underwater Discovery!, 10-11 a.m. Sept. 6, 20 and 27 — Explore life in shallow waters with a seining net. Free with entrance fees.

• Junior Angler Education class, 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 20 — Interactive workshop designed for families teaches casting, fish identification, tackle assembly and ethics of fishing. Upon completion, participants will receive a Basic Angler Education certificate and pin. Bring drinks and snacks. Free with entrance fees. Class is limited to 20 participants. Pre-register by calling (512) 793-2223.

• Kids Kayak Clinic, 2-3 p.m. Sept. 20 — Children ages 7 and older learn the basics of kayaking and water safety. Parents must attend. Wear water clothes and shoes. Cost is $3 with entrance fees. Pre-register at park headquarters. Meet behind the park store.

• Geocaching 101 workshop, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 27 — Learn the basics of a modern-day treasure hunt using GPS equipment. Cost is $3 plus entrance fees. Wear closed-toe shoes for hiking and bring water. Meet at back porch of park store.

• Evening paddling trips for ages 15 and older — Moonlight paddle is 8-10 p.m Sept. 6; twilight paddle is 8-10 p.m. Sept. 27. Water water shoes and bring bottled water and a flashlight. Lifejackets and limited number of canoes are provided. Cost is $15 plus entrance fees. Pre-register by calling (512) 793-2223 or visiting the park headquarters.

For more information about the programs, call the park interpreter at (512) 793-4689.