Inks Lake

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Inks Lake
Location of Inks Lake in Texas, USA.
Location of Inks Lake in Texas, USA.
Inks Lake
Location of Inks Lake in Texas, USA.
Location of Inks Lake in Texas, USA.
Inks Lake
LocationBurnet / Llano counties, Texas,
United States
Coordinates30°43.86′N 98°23.08′W / 30.73100°N 98.38467°W / 30.73100; -98.38467Coordinates: 30°43.86′N 98°23.08′W / 30.73100°N 98.38467°W / 30.73100; -98.38467
Lake typeHydroelectric reservoir
Primary inflowsColorado River
Primary outflowsColorado River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area831 acres (3.36 km2)
Max. depth60 ft (18 m)
Surface elevation888 ft (271 m)

Inks Lake is a reservoir on the Colorado River in the Texas Hill Country in the United States. The reservoir was formed in 1938 by the construction of Inks Dam by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Located near Burnet, Texas, the lake serves to provide flood control in tandem with Lake Buchanan and features the smallest hydroelectric power plant on the Highland Lakes chain.[1][2] Inks Lake was named for Roy B. Inks, one of the original board members of the Lower Colorado River Authority, and serves as a venue for outdoor recreation, including fishing, boating, swimming, camping, and picnicking.[1]

The other reservoirs on the Colorado River are Lake Buchanan, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, Lake Austin, and Lady Bird Lake.

Fish and wildlife populations[edit]

Trail at Inks Lake in the Texas Hill Country

Inks Lake has been stocked with several species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish present in Inks Lake include largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish.[3] Inks Lake is a level-controlled reservoir with less than one foot (one third meter) variation in water level annually.

Recreational uses[edit]

Bluff overlooking Inks Lake in the Texas Hill Country

Some of the property bordering Inks Lake is privately owned. Inks Lake State Park is adjacent to the lake and includes facilities for camping, backpacking, swimming, golf, and boat access.[4] Cliff jumping is another water activity locals and visitors enjoy at "Devil's Water Hole" located within the confines of Inks Lake State Park on Inks Lake.[3] In the 1990s and early 2000s, a fish restaurant was permanently moored adjacent to an RV park on a barge. The restaurant is closed, however the RV park remains. Camp Longhorn, a summer camp for boys and girls founded by Tex Robertson in 1939, is adjacent to the lake.


  1. ^ a b Leslie Ann Webb (2015). Lake Travis's South Shore. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 7–. ISBN 978-1-4671-3252-7.
  2. ^ "Explainer: How do the Highland Lakes and dams work?". KVUE. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b Phil Shook (July 2008). Flyfisher's Guide to Texas. Wilderness Adventures Press. pp. 360–. ISBN 978-1-932098-65-5.
  4. ^ Laurence Parent (1 August 2008). Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites: Revised Edition. University of Texas Press. pp. 14–. ISBN 978-0-292-71726-8.

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