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In the Highland Lakes of Texas

The photo above is a privately owned lighthouse near Buchanan Dam. It can be seen as you drive along at the south end of Lake Buchanan on Hwy 29.

Lake Buchanan is the largest of the first four Highland Lakes in Central Texas with a length of 30 miles and a width at the widest point of just under 5 miles and has a shoreline of 124 miles.  When it was built, Buchanan Dam was considered to be the longest multiple-arch dam in the U.S. with a length of just over two miles.

There are three towns close to Lake Buchanan.   Burnet is 15 miles to the east of Inks Lake.  Kingsland is 6 miles south and Llano is 15 miles to the west.

RV Parks, motels, bed & breakfast inns, cabins for rent and campgrounds are available along the lake.  There are several cafes near the lake: one specializes in catfish, another in good old Texas B-B-Q and some with Texas home style cooking.

The lake is very popular with boaters, fishermen, campers and swimmers.  The lake is so large that you will never feel crowded on the lake.  There is always plenty of "elbow room" on each of the Highland Lakes.  In 1995 over 1 1/2 million Striper Bass were stocked in Lake Buchanan.  Fishing Guides are available to take you out on the lake.

There is a nice granite gravel shore around the lake providing an ideal beach for swimming, wading and sun bathing.

There is a popular winery on the west side of the lake where you can stop in for a little wine tasting and buy a bottle or two of Texas wine.

Daily catch on Lake Buchanan Striped Bass caught in Lake Buchanan

Lake Buchanan is famous for its Striped Bass.  You will love fishing here.

At Buchanan Dam you will find a Chamber of Commerce office and visitors' center that can provide you with information on tourists attractions and activities in the area.  A museum is also located at the dam.

Lake Buchanan is located 60 miles northwest of Austin and 95 miles north of San Antonio.  It is about 200 miles south of Dallas and Fort Worth and 200 miles west of Houston.

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  • Cedar Lodge Texas
    The perfect setting for family reunions, vacations, group retreats, corporate conferences or simply a cozy getaway, Cedar Lodge is centrally located in the Texas Hill Country on Lake Buchanan just an hour west of Austin.
  • Ray's Striper Fishing Guide Service
    Ray Williamson enjoys guiding novice and experienced fishermen alike on Lake Buchanan.

  • Willow Point Resort
    Willow Point Resort's family vacation cabins and large group Lake House are spread along the sandy shore of sparkling Lake Buchanan.
  • Hi-Line Lake Resort
    16 waterfront cabins, 7 waterfront RV sites, and 46 RV sites overlooking the lake. The Hi-line Lodge sleeps 20 and is great for family reunions.

  • Clancy's Fishing Guide Service
    Fishing Guide for Stripers and Trophy Bass on Lake Buchanan and Inks Lake, TX

  • Rainbow Hearth Nature Cabins
    Rental cottages on Lake Buchanan, TX

Map of Lake Buchanan

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