The Highland Lakes of central Texas are a beautiful string of lakes on the Colorado River. Depending on who you talk with, they are irrigation lakes or flood control lakes. No matter why, they are some of the prettiest most heavily used lakes in the South. One of them is named Inks Lake and on that lake is a state park with the funny name of Inks Lake State Park. Where ever did they come up with that unique name??
A tour of the state park reveals a somewhat crowded but extensive camping area. The boat ramp and store area do not have any extra space either. However on most weekends this park is packed shoulder to shoulder. During the week it is very nice. My plan is to do a little truck/tent camping here with the yak and fishing equipment. It should be a nice change of pace. Since it had been MANY years since my last visit, my visit was to determine if it was still an OK place during the week. It is. The park is very worn.
There is over seven miles of designated hiking trails inside the park and lots of pretty clear water. The roads wind all over the hills inside the park and will be nice for a bike ride during the cooler part of the day. In a few weeks it will also be cool enough for nice sleeping in a tent.
As you approach the park from the north there is a viewpoint looking over part of the lake. In this picture the state park camping area is on the left of the lake.
Wandering around in the park gave me a chance to take some pictures from right at waters edge. There are lots of coves and inlets. The entire lake smells like it is good fishing. In fact on my last trip here years ago, a large quantity of white bass were caught from the western fishing pier after dark. The lights on the pier were on and this fish catcher man was able to sit in a lawn chair and catch fish until he got tired of it.
This picture above is looking from the pier back to a cove behind some of the campsites.
This picture above and the one below were taken from spots right at the waters edge in various parts of the park. It certainly makes me want to get out there in the yak and tour the lake.
Taking pictures required s good bit of hiking and rock hopping. The views were wonderful every where you looked.
When the trip back happens, it well could be overwhelming trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM