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Inks Lake State Park opens bird blind

BURNET — Inks Lake State Park opened its newest bird blind on the north side of the park Oct. 7. The structure was conceived by the Highland Lakes Master Naturalists and will allow park visitors to enjoy bird watching and provide educational opportunities. The blind can seat about 40 adults or 50 children with additional […]

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101 FUN THINGS: Nature, beauty attract campers to Highland Lakes state parks

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF JOHNSON CITY — Visitors from across the state will travel to Highland Lakes state parks for their next big camping adventures. “In today’s hectic lifestyle, camping allows a peaceful respite. It gets people back to nature, which a lot of people don’t get now with an urban lifestyle,” said John […]

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Lakeside Park on Lake Marble Falls. Staff photo by David Bean

101 FUN THINGS TO DO: Visit Lake Marble Falls — a lot of fun in a small package

Though it is the smallest lake in the upper Highland Lakes chain, Lake Marble Falls packs a lot of fun into its 611 acres. The biggest selling point of the little lake is that while water levels fluctuate on the two largest lakes, Buchanan and Travis, Lake Marble Falls remains mostly steady at 737 feet […]

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Brothers Sean (left) and David Pruitt take part in a canoe clinic at Inks Lake in Burnet. The lake is popular with boaters. Staff photo by Jared Fields

101 THINGS TO DO: Go boating or take a hike at Inks Lake in Burnet

Drought or no drought, one lake that is always filled and ready for sport is Inks Lake in Burnet. A constant-level lake, Inks covers 831 acres with a maximum depth of 60 feet. Its 888 feet of water fluctuates by only about a foot a year. At 4.2 miles long and 3,000 feet wide, it is […]

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Marble Falls fishing blue members Austin Ellis and Lyle Schmidt enjoy angling on Lake LBJ. Staff photo by Suzanne Freeman

101 FUN THINGS: Some of the best fishing and boating is on Lake LBJ

Perhaps the most popular of the Highland Lakes for both water sports and fishing is Lake LBJ. Its 6,449 acres of water surface make it perfect for motor and sail boats, skiing and fishing. Lake LBJ begins in Kingsland and travels along the Colorado River footprint for 21 miles to Horseshoe Bay. It was originally […]

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One of countless beautiful views of Lake Travis. Photo: Staff

101 FUN THINGS: Enjoy winding, wonderful Lake Travis

Lake Travis truly stands apart among the Highland Lakes. You can leisurely explore the winding, northwest stretches or race around the more open areas to the southeast. It absolutely is the lake for everyone. (more…)

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Spend the day floating, fishing, boating, skiing or even scuba diving at Inks Lake State Park. Photo Courtesy TPWD

Plan the perfect park trip with 17 places to pick

Whether you like a lakefront setting or a rocky climb, Highland Lakes parks can provide it all. From state to municipal, there’s a park to fit your family’s style. Here’s a list of 17 of the best parks around. Did we leave one out that you like best? Email suzanne@thepicayune.com and let us know. We’ll […]

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Pull out the binoculars for a little birdwatching in the Highland Lakes

Spring is a great time to track the activities of birds along the migratory path in the Highland Lakes. Activities for birdwatchers include: (more…)

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Inks Lake State Park

Plan the perfect park trip with 17 places to pick

Some of the 101-plus fun things to do in the Highland Lakes can be done at any of the area’s 17 parks. Whether you like a lakefront setting or a rocky climb or you want to swim, hike or ride a bike, Highland Lakes parks have the place to do it all. From state to […]

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Commune with nature at Enchanted Rock

During the night, if you listen closely, you might hear the whispers of spirits telling stories of the past. Those whispers, groans and creaks give Enchanted Rock State Natural Area its aura of mystique. (more…)

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Lake Marble Falls Lakeside Park

Visit Lake Marble Falls — a lot of fun in a small package

Though it is the smallest lake in the upper Highland Lakes chain, Lake Marble Falls packs a lot of fun into its 611 acres. The biggest selling point of the little lake is that while water levels fluctuate on the two largest lakes, Buchanan and Travis, Lake Marble Falls remains mostly steady at 737 feet […]

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Fishing and boating on Lake LBJ

Perhaps the most popular of the Highland Lakes for both water sports and fishing is Lake LBJ. Its 6,449 acres of water surface make it perfect for motor- and sailboats, skiing and fishing. Lake LBJ begins in Kingsland and travels along the Colorado River footprint for 21 miles to Horseshoe Bay. It was originally named […]

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Fly remote-controlled airplanes in the Highland Lakes

Experience the joy of flying with your feet firmly planted on the ground. You’re invited to join members of the Highland Lakes Flyers to try your hand at radio-controlled model airplanes any morning of the week in Kingsland — wind and weather permitting. The flyers usually get together about 8 to 9 in the morning […]

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101 Fun Things - Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in the Highland Lakes

What better way to capture the spirit of Texas than saddling up for a horseback ride through the Hill Country. (more…)

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101 Fun Things - Lake LBJ

Highland Lakes Feature: Inks Lake

Drought or no drought, one lake that is always filled and ready for sport is Inks Lake. A constant-level lake, Inks covers 831 acres with a maximum depth of 60 feet. Its 888 feet of water fluctuates by only about 1 foot a year. (more…)

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101 Fun Things - Bald Eagles

Bald eagles at home in the Highland Lakes

Many bald eagles have long called the Highland Lakes their winter home, spending November to April around Lake Buchanan. Some 10 years ago, a particular eagle couple came a little closer to civilization, building nests in two trees between the Llano River and Highway 29 between Llano and Burnet. (more…)

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Bring your home to the hills in an RV

Recreational vehicles allow people to experience the Highland Lakes at their own pace and with their own place. Whether you plan to stay a few days or several months, RVs offer lots of flexibility and many of the comforts of home. (more…)

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Inks Lake State Park: Outdoor Activities All Year

Take a ride on an electric boat, fish without a license (and with free loaner gear), hike, bike, boat or just enjoy the flora and fauna of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. You can do it all at Inks Lake State Park, located on Park Road 4 between Burnet and Marble Falls. It’s just a […]

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101 Fun Things - Hidden Falls Adventure Park

Hidden Falls Adventure Park open year-round

Rev up that 4-wheeler, jeep or ATV. It’s time to head for Hidden Falls Adventure Park for some off-road trail riding! Hidden Falls is a nonprofit organization located seven miles east of Marble Falls at 7420 RR 1431. You’ll find trails for any size vehicle and any level driver, along with a variety of other […]

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101 Fun Things - Canoe and Kayak

Perfect weather for a canoe or kayak on the Highland Lakes

Paddle your way across the waters of the Highland Lakes by kayak or canoe. The winter weather so far has been perfect for a nice day on the water. Bring your own or rent. (more…)

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101 Fun Things - Hiking

Hit the hiking trails in the Highland Lakes

Texas winters are mostly perfect for hiking. Two top-notch places for hitting the trail are Pedernales Falls State Park east of Johnson City and Inks Lake State Park southwest of Burnet. (more…)

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Take the family to Longhorn Cavern State Park

Take the family to Longhorn Cavern State Park

See the Highland Lakes from the inside at Longhorn Cavern State Park. The 645-acre park features daily tours with plenty of local legends to go along with the geology. (more…)

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101 Fun Things - Rock Climbing

Rock climbing in the Hill Country

You can really grab some granite at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, whether you are a seasoned or beginning rock climber. (more…)

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101 Fun Things - Hunting seasons

Hunting season under way in Texas HIll Country

Hunting season is in full swing in the Highland Lakes, home to Llano, the “Deer Hunting Capital of the World.” (more…)

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101 Fun Things - Winter Camping

Enjoy winter camping at area parks

Camping is one of the favorite ways to enjoy the Highland Lakes, even (and maybe especially!) in the winter, when average temperatures are in the mid-60s. (more…)

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