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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 Continue reading...
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
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No. of sites
191
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
None
Access
Hike in (+10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 4 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
Beach
Desert
Forest
Lake
Swimming hole
Waterfall
Cave
Hot spring
Redwoods
River, stream or creek
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Horseback riding
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Surfing
Whitewater paddling
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Hipcamper Mitch
Mitch
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
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.

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Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer
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
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.

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Hipcamper havalah
havalah
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May 22nd, 2017

super good water temps

Hipcamper Cameron
Cameron
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
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
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.

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Hipcamper Juli
Juli
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.

Park
Inks Lake State Park
State
Texas
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)