We’ve had a couple of less-than-great experiences at large campsites where you are just one plot of land amidst dozens of neighboring ones. Inks Lake campsites, though, are somehow different. Many of the campsites are on the water, and—miracle of miracles—the people that stay here tend to actually observe the quiet hours. The amenities are solid—the sites are always 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 during the peak season (spring, summer). We recommend grabbing a site on the eastern end close to Devil’s Waterhole; this area is usually less crowded, has more foliage, is the farthest point from boat traffic, and plus it’s close to the coolest spot in the park.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
191 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Hike in
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


Natural features you'll find at Inks Lake Campground.

Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Mitch
Mitch H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 7th, 2015

Ink's Lake is my number one weekend campsite. Just over an hour from Austin, TX, this site has it all- A beautiful lake (as you might have guessed from the name), picturesque cliffs, miles of hiking trails and excellent facilities for campers of any level. I couldn't recommend it more.

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Hipcamper Marissa
Marissa L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 11th, 2016

A great place for a weekend camp with kids. A nice shallow lake bed for young kids (plus all those mussel shells to pick through!), easy hiking trails that are still entertaining for an adult, and a camp store in case you forgot anything. There's even a playground (we've never used it - always too busy romping on the rocks or in the woods), fishing piers, and a bird blind which I feel is a much overlooked feature because you have to drive out of the official entrance to get to it. It's worth the stop!

The site fills fast, so reserve your spot before heading out. I prefer the water-only sites on the west side as they seem to be less crowded and quieter.

The bird blind is worth the drive outside the park entrance - just get the gate code!The view from campsite 347.In the summer the lake is warm enough for a sunset dip.Fun hiking even for young kids.
Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer Y.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 31st, 2016

This place is a great weekend spot; but it's also pretty busy. I have hiked most of the area and have seen the swimming hole. I recommend tent camping because you can usually get a spot right next to the lake.

Hipcamper Molly
Molly H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 18th, 2017

I love Inks Lake. It's my favorite go to state park in Texas. The campgrounds are clean and spacious – you don't feel like you're on top of people. Definitely a great place to go during the warmer times of year to take a dip in the lake. Some of the best sunsets I've seen in Texas.

Such a storm one night we were forced to sleep in the car.Inks Lake CampgroundInks Lake CampgroundInks Lake Campground
Hipcamper havalah
Havalah W.
recommends this listing.
May 22nd, 2017

super good water temps

Hipcamper Cameron
Cameron F.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 22nd, 2017

Inks Lake is one of my favorite spots in Texas. Awesome trails, water to cool off in, and rocks to jump off of! Perfect place for individuals or families. Truly a gem of Texas!

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.

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 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.

Inks Lake State Park
United States
Phone Number
(512) 793-2223
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30.737° N, 98.369° W
Tent Only - Hike In: 9 Sites
(Up to 4 people per site)
Tent / RV / Trailer: 182 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)

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