Visitors and Tourist Guide for Lake Buchanan, Texas

Lake Buchanan Texas
Highland Lakes Second Largest Body of Waters

Boating on Lake Buchanan

People of all ages make the trip to Lake Buchanan to enjoy everything the Texas Hill Country has to offer. The lake is very popular with boaters, fishermen, campers and swimmers. One major benefit of being on a lake this large is that you'll never feel crowded. There's always plenty of elbow room on each of the Highland Lakes.

Lake Buchanan has a unique feature you won't find at the other Highland Lakes. There are granite gravel shores along portions of the lake that provide an ideal beach for swimming, wading and sunbathing.

The Lake Buchanan picture above is of a privately owned lighthouse that is near Buchanan Dam.  It can be seen as you drive along at the south end of Lake Buchanan on Hwy 29.

Waterfront RV Park

Lake Buchanan History and Facts

Lake Buchanan is the second largest of the Highland Lakes in Central Texas with a length of 30 miles and a width at the widest point of just under 5 miles. Lake Buchanan also has an astounding 124 miles of shoreline.

Lake Buchanan was formed by the construction of the Buchanan Dam. When it was built in 1938, Buchanan Dam was considered to be the longest multiple-arch dam in the U.S. with a length of just over two miles. The lake and dam were named after U.S. Representative J.P. Buchanan.

Lake Buchanan is located 60 miles northwest of Austin and 95 miles north of San Antonio. It's about 200 miles south of Dallas/Fort Worth and 200 miles west of Houston.


Where to Stay Near Lake Buchanan Attractions

There's plenty of lodging around Lake Buchanan that keep tourists at the center of the activity. However, there are also private accommodations in more remote lakefront areas. Some of the most popular Lake Buchanan lodging options include:

  • Resorts
  • RV spaces
  • Cabins
  • Campgrounds
  • Lakefront rental houses
  • Houseboats

See more information on Lake Buchanan rentals and lodging below.

Cabin Rentals and RV Spaces
Arrowhead Cabins on Lake Buchanan Arrowhead Cabins on Lake Buchanan
on the deep side of Lake Buchanan

The lodge and additional cabins can accommodate 6 to 24 overnight guests. Go fishing, enjoy the fire place inside or the fire pit outside. Play a game of pool or croquet or pinball or simply grab a lawn chair and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake.
Cedar Lodge Texas Cedar Lodge Texas
The perfect setting for family reunions, vacations, group retreats, corporate conferences or simply a cozy getaway, Cedar Lodge is centrally located in the Texas Hill Country on Lake Buchanan just an hour west of Austin.
Hi-line Lake Resort Hi-Line Lake Resort
"Where Heaven Kisses the Lake"
Located on scenic Lake Buchanan near the beautiful Fall Creek waterfall, Hi-Line Lake Resort has 16 waterfront cabins, 7 waterfront RV sites, and 46 RV sites overlooking the lake. The Hi-line Lodge sleeps 20 and is great for family reunions.
Thunderbird Lakefront Resort on Lake Buchanan
Thunderbird Lodge and Event Center
on  the east side of Lake Buchanan

Lake cottages, boat rentals, floating fishing house, swimming pool, children's play area, fishing guide and charters are available.

Poppy's Pointe Resort on Lake Buchanan
Poppy's Pointe Lakefront Resort
on the west side of Lake Buchanan

9 cabins for rent and 58 RV spaces, swimming pool, recreation/meeting hall, boat launching ramp, laundry room, and lots of waterfront for fishing. 

Beachcomber RV Park and Rental Cabins on Lake Buchanan
Beachcomber Park
on the west side of Lake Buchanan

Cottages for rent and RV Park at this waterfront resort.  They also have 2 boat launces and boat docking and storage.

Cottonwood Cove Lake Cabins on Lake Buchanan
Cottonwood Cove
on the west side of Lake Buchanan

Lakefront cabins, RV spaces, boat launch, lighted fishing dock, covered boat docks, and boat storage.  This resort is close to Fall Creek Vineyards.

Rainbow Hearth Bed and Breakfast
Rainbow Hearth Bed and Breakfast
east side of Lake Buchanan, TX

Nine lakeside acres of lush tree-covered hills and panoramic views.  Featuring: beautifully and deliciously prepared organic and natural food,  intimate, candle-lit dining,  "Sleep Number" (TM) beds, spa and hiking trails, and the finest massages available...anywhere!

Willow Point Resort Willow Point Resort
Willow Point Resort's family vacation cabins and large group Lake House are spread along the sandy shore of sparkling Lake Buchanan. Their central Texas location, modern accommodations, direct lake access, and beautiful lake views create the ideal setting for family vacations, business conferences, and awesome Texas Hill Country weddings.
Big Chief RV Resort and Cabin Rentals
Big Chief RV Resort and Cabin Rentals
on the east side of Lake Buchanan

Beautiful waterfront location on Lake Buchanan with full hookups for RVs, cabin rentals, awesome pool and hot tub, laundry, fitness room, TV/Game room, Clubhouse, covered pavilion, planned activities, boat ramp and more.

Texas Hills RV Haven
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Texas Hills RV Haven
on the northwest side of Lake Buchanan

Waterfront resort with 2 rental cabins and 15 RV spaces on beautiful Lake Buchanan .  A boat ramp for launching your boat is on the property.  Family owned and operated.
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Banta Circle Lake Rental House on Lake Buchanan

Banta Circle RV Park on Lake Buchanan
RV spaces on the west side of Lake Buchanan with a 317 ft. fishing pier on the property.  They also have 2 lake houses for rent at the park.  It is ideal for reunions when people want both RV spaces and lake rental houses.

Painted Sky Inn on Lake Buchanan in Texas
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Painted Sky Inn

Charming 50's era Boutique Inn located in the heart of the Central Texas Hill Country overlooking Lake Buchanan. All rooms are waterfront with stunning panoramic views. Newly modernized and perfect for quiet get-a-ways, family reunions, small weddings and group retreats. 5 full hook-up RV sites.


Lake Rental Houses
Banta Circle Lake Rental House on Lake Buchanan

Banta Circle Lake Houses on Lake Buchanan
2 Waterfront lake houses with beautiful views of Lake Buchanan, and reasonably priced, too!  3 bedroom, 2 bath homes with large covered porches with lake view. 317 ft. fishing pier on the property.  Rent one house or rent both houses for larger groups.


Fishing Guides
Ray's Striper Fishing Guide Service
Ray's Striper Fishing Guide Service
You can count on Ray Williamson to provide you with everything you need to catch stripers. He enjoys guiding novice and experienced fishermen alike on Lake Buchanan in the beautiful Hill Country of Central Texas and teaching novice fisherman how to find the big ones and catch them.
Clancy's Fishing Guide Service
Clancy's Fishing Guide Service
Stripers and Trophy Catfish guide service on Lake Buchanan and Inks Lake.  Ask about the Fish and Chips Package for people who like both golfing and fishing Bait and equipment are furnished.

Real Estate
Dale Riley
Riley Realty • Resort-Ranch-Residential Real Estate Service
Marketing Premium Properties • Specializing in Personal Quality Client Real Estate Broker Service Since 1968. You, the Client, Always Come First.
Todd & Mary Ann Liverman
Keller Williams Realty - The Liverman Team, Todd & Mary Ann
Specializing in Lake LBJ Waterfront Properties, and Ranch Properties. Serving all of the Central Texas Area.
Giles Summerlin
Lake LBJ Real Estate - MLS Search
Giles Summerlin with RE/MAX of Marble Falls specializes in Lake LBJ Real Estate and Texas Hill Country Lake Living.
Chad Thibodeaux at RE/MAX Real Estate
Chad Thibodeaux of RE/MAX Horseshoe Bay Resort Sales
Proven real estate agent specializing in Horseshoe Bay, Lake LBJ waterfront, and the entire Highland Lakes area.
Giles Summerlin Lake LBJ Real Estate - MLS Search
Specializing in Lake LBJ Real Estate including waterfront and residential real estate in the Lake LBJ area.

Boat Dock Builders
Spillar Boat Docks Spillar Boat Docks
If you are looking for a floating dock, deck, boat lifts and personal watercraft lifts, Spillar Boat Docks is the place to call.  Their family operated business has been building boat docks since 1945 in the Highland Lakes area.


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Popular Lake Buchanan Locations and Events

If you find the willpower to pull yourself away from the lake activities you'll discover there are many other locations, events and attractions that make the area a sweet escape. Each Lake Buchanan attraction offers a unique experience for lake lovers.

  • Fall Creek Winery is a popular winery on the west side of the lake where you can stop in for a little tasting and buy a bottle or two of Texas wine to enjoy during your trip.
  • regatta on Lake Buchanan

  • The annual Regatta and Dam Jam at Cedar Lodge is the premier Lake Buchanan attraction each April. Dozens of boats participate in the regatta and bands from around the country perform live music.
  • There are a lot of restaurants near Lake Buchanan that offer delicious food and entertainment. Stop by Reverend Jim's Dam Pub for fantastic views of the lake and dam, great grub and live music.
  • Bluffton Store
    Bluffton Store - Established in 1848

  • There are quite a few artists and craftspeople in the Lake Buchanan area that create one-of-a-kind art pieces. Visit the Buchanan Arts & Crafts gallery for more details.

Events in the Highland Lakes Area
Check out this page for the events throughout the entire year in the area.

Beaches around Lake Buchanan There is a nice granite gravel shore around some of Lake Buchanan, providing an ideal beach for swimming, wading and sun bathing.

Buchanan Dam
View of a portion of Buchanan Dam

Lake Buchanan Boat Tours and Fishing Guides

Fishing is one of the most common reasons visitors make their way to Lake Buchanan. The lake is famous for its striper fishing. Striper bass are well stocked and ready to be caught. There's also good catfish fishing to be had on Lake Buchanan.

fish caught on Lake Buchanan
Striped Bass caught in Lake Buchanan

Find fishing guides who are available to take you out on the lake.

lake view of Lake Buchanan

Lake Buchanan Information for Boaters

Planning on bringing your boat to Lake Buchanan? Many visitors choose to bring their own watercraft rather than renting once they get here. If you plan to tow a boat to Lake Buchanan there are a few things to keep in mind.

Waterfall on Colorado River above Lake Buchanan

There are a total of seven public boat launches along Lake Buchanan. Anglers will also find a spot for wading within Colorado Bend State Park. However, only Thunderbird Lodge has the only boat launch with bait and gasoline for sale.

Bluebonnets on Lake Buchanan in late March of 2012
Bluebonnets in late March, 2012 on Lake Buchanan

 

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