Description

Inks Lake Campground offers nearly 200 sites across multiple loops, with a range of amenities. Many of the campsites are on the water, and—miracle of miracles—people who stay here tend to actually observe quiet hours. Sites are well-kept and you can choose a primitive backpacking site, a site with water and/or electricity, or even a mini-cabin. The only catch is that you need to book well in advance for spring and summer stays.

Notable Camping Spots

  • Best for peaceful water access: The Central Loop is the closest to Devil’s Waterhole and the farthest from boat traffic.
  • Best for comfort: Twenty-two cabins, including two ADA-accessible cabins, offer bunk beds and air conditioning but no water or restrooms.
  • Best to escape the crowds: Nine primitive campsites requiring a mile-and-a-half hike in offer solitude, though you must bring water and ground fires are prohibited.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
191 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Other
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Biking

The biking trails at Inks Lake State Park are primarily all-mountain and downhill trails. There are three trails available that...Read more

Boating

On the lake, you can boat and water ski! Be aware of your surroundings, as there are marked areas for no wake zones for paddling.

Fishing

Inks Lake is the perfect place for successful fishing in Texas. Find sunfish, catfish and several species of bass. There are tw...Read more

Hiking

At Inks Lake State Park there are 9 miles of hiking trails through shady forests and across rocky hills. Definitely check out P...Read more

Paddling

Bring your own gear or rent paddle boats, canoes, one- to two-person kayaks, life vests and paddles at the park store.

Swimming

Since the lake’s level stays pretty constant, swimming is available year round at Inks Lake! Just be aware there are no lifegua...Read more

Wildlife watching

Inks Lake State Park is home to ancient geology, and a wide variety of native plants and animals. There is an abundance of mamm...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Inks Lake Campground.

Beach
Desert
Forest
Lake
Swimming hole
Waterfall
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Hipcamper Shana
Shana B.
recommends this listing.
February 4th, 2021

Great park + campgrounds less than 1.5 hr from Austin. Our site was beautiful + near the lake + felt private considering how close to the bathrooms + trails. Popular park so try to go during the week, but even when busy, easy to find less traveled trails + some peace + quiet.

Hipcamper Douglas
Douglas G.
recommends this listing.
April 22nd, 2019

Very crowded park on the weekend. The lake is awesome!

Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle T.
recommends this listing.
November 20th, 2018

It's very very busy!

Hipcamper Christian
Christian S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
October 3rd, 2018

Their cabins need to be updated BAD!

Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren G.
recommends this listing.
December 2nd, 2017

Favorite place to camp!

Inks Lake Campground
Hipcamper Kelsie
Kelsie L.
recommends this listing.
November 24th, 2017

Close enough to hop over to Longhorn Caverns and take a tour or a nearby cave system but still head back for lunch or dinner. Hiking trails are available and, depending on the weather, the lake could be fun to take a dip in. It can get crowded as it isn't a large state park and doesn't have a ton of campsites so it's always important to call well in advance and see what's available.

Hipcamper Juli
Juli T.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 8th, 2017

Just got back from Inks Lake and not impressed. Maybe it is a fall thing, but our camp site was full of sand/grass spurs! Nothing like camping in the middle of cacti! We were on site 94. We tried to get rid of them, but realized it was over run and we would never see the end. I thought our tent would be fine, but took one step in without shoes only to have them go right through the bottom. We didn't want to leave so we ended up buying carpets at a walmart to cover the floor. Otherwise, I was afraid they would puncture our air mattresses. I am surprised no one has mentioned them. My poor feet and hands are just sore from getting stuck all weekend. It is quiet and they rent canoes and kayaks.

Hipcamper Kristina
Kristina D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 11th, 2017

Took a quick camping trip this weekend to Inks Lake and set up camp right next to the lake. Rented kayaks from the boathouse and easily rowed over to Devils Waterhole to enjoy swimming and cliff jumping. The hiking trails were easy but beautiful, and my three year old loved being able to lead us on our trek since he is normally strapped to our back. Close to Longhorn Caverns. Loved this small park - such a gem.

Kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats to rent at the boathouse.Inks LakeCheckers at the boathouseArt on the patio at the boathouse
Hipcamper Marilyn
Marilyn M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 12th, 2017

We discovered Ink's Lake through an outing organized Southwest Teardrop and Vintage Campers. It is just over an hour from our home. Although we were there on a busy summer weekend, we were impressed by the facilities including a well stocked store. Our site was on the way to the Devils Water Hole, on one of the inlets. We were visited by Canadian geese and ducks as well as the numerous friendly squirrels. We plan to return soon.

Park
Inks Lake State Park
State
Texas
Country
United States
Phone Number
(512) 793-2223
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
30.737° N, 98.369° W
$10/night
Tent Only - Hike In: 9 Sites
(Up to 4 people per site)
$15/night
Tent / RV / Trailer: 182 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)