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Relax Along the Colorado River at an LCRA Park

Canyon of the Eagles Nature Resort has sweeping views of Lake Buchanan. Photo by JoAnna Kopp

The Lower Colorado River Authority maintains several beautiful parks across the Highland Lakes. Check out this list of local LCRA parks for your next outdoor adventure.

Black Rock Park, 3400 RR 261 in Buchanan Dam — This 25-acre LCRA park lets visitors forget their daily pressures. Twelve mini-cabins for rent and recreational vehicle hook-ups invite people to stay longer than a day and enjoy fishing, swimming, or just hanging out. The park doesn't have a boat ramp, but the Llano County Park next door does. Go to lcra.org or call (512) 369-4774. Fees are associated with this park.

Camp Creek Park, 1221 CR 343 east of Marble Falls off RR 1431 — Large pecan trees offer lots of shade for people looking for a cool escape. The park sits on the upper end of Lake Travis and offers folks a place to do a little fishing. You also can set up a tent for an overnight stay. It even has a waterless toilet. Fees are associated with this park. Go to lcra.org or call (512) 473-3366.

Canyon of the Eagles Nature Park, 16942 RR 2341 on the northeastern shores of Lake Buchanan — Of the 940 acres in this park, 800 of those provide habitat for three threatened or endangered bird species: the American bald eagle, the black-capped vireo, and the golden-cheeked warbler. Also at the park is Canyon of the Eagles Resort, which is run by a private company, not the LCRA. Parkgoers can enjoy 3 miles of lakefront and 14 miles of trails. The northern portion of the lake offers recreational activities, including paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, bird-watching, and geocaching. Go to canyonoftheeagles.com or call (512) 715-0290.

Cedar Point Recreation Area, 545 RR 3014 in Tow — At 400 acres, this LCRA facility is one of the largest public pieces of land on Lake Buchanan and features 3 miles of shoreline. Visitors can enjoy walking, fishing, camping, and wildlife watching. Overnight camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. Fees are associated with this park. Go to lcra.org or call (512) 473-3366. Groups of 20 or more should acquire a Land Use Permit by calling 1-800-776-LCRA ext. 3366.

Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area, 2820 CR 414 in Spicewood — This park is an outdoor enthusiast's mecca featuring a 6½-mile mountain bike trail (some of it fairly challenging single track) and running trails. You can even get in a little horseback riding (you provide the equine). The park is located on the shores of Lake Travis, so it's a great place to enjoy lake activities as well. Fees are associated with this park. Go to lcra.org or call (512) 473-3366 or 1-800-776-LCRA ext. 3366.

Pedernales River Nature Park, 404 U.S. 281 North in Johnson City — Not to be confused with Pedernales Falls State Park, this 222-acre, day-use park features shoreline fishing on the Pedernales River. The numerous trees are ideal for a picnic. Just a reminder: Swimming is not allowed. Fees are associated with this park. Go to lcra.org or call (512) 473-3366 or 1-800-776-LCRA ext. 3366.

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