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Lake LBJ
Highland Lakes Presidential Vacation Destination

Water sports are very popular on Lake LBJ.

Lake LBJ, named after President Lyndon B. Johnson, is part of the Highland Lakes chain of seven lakes starting in Austin and going northwest for over 85 miles.  Lake LBJ starts near Horseshoe Bay, 50 miles from Austin, and goes all of the way to Kingsland.  

Sailing on Lake LBJ
Sailing on Lake LBJ

Lake LBJ is normally a constant level lake and is just over 21 miles long with a maximum width of 10,800 feet.  Lake LBJ is perfect for sailing, boating and all water related activities.

Relaxing by Lake LBJ at Sandyland
Relaxing by Lake LBJ

Lake LBJ History

Lake LBJ was originally known as Lake Granite Shoals when it was formed in 1950. The lake is a result of the Granite Shoals Dam (now called the Wirtz Dam), which is managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority.

In 1964, the lake was renamed Lake Lydon B. Johnson in honor of the U.S. Senator for Texas who went on to become a U.S. President. President Johnson and his wife even had a home on the lake that they enjoyed during his presidency and after.

Shore at Sandyland

Popular Lake LBJ Locations

Lake LBJ is a sizeable body of water that offers endless outdoor entertainment. If you want a change of pace there are plenty of other interesting locations and attractions in the area. Today there are five communities located around Lake LBJ:

Each city has it's on unique character and charm. Some of the most popular Lake LBJ locations include:

  • The Nightengale Archaeological Center at Kingsland.
  • One Lake LBJ attraction you don't want to miss is Longhorn Cavern State Park.
  • The Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort event in April offers visitors a chance to take a hot-air balloon ride.
  • Kids love the Water Park at the Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Marina.
  • The three Trent Jones, Sr. designed golf courses in Horseshoe Bay.

Where to Stay Near Lake LBJ Attractions

The shores of the lake are dotted with beautiful homes that have boat houses and automatic boat lifts. There are several popular communities along the lake that also offer rentals near the lake activities. Many visitors choose to stay in:

Lake LBJ is a great place to rent a cabin, home, condo, motel or park your RV. Accommodations are available year round. RV Parks located on the waterfront of Lake LBJ in Kingsland allow you to enjoy all of the boating activity on the lake for an affordable rate.

Lake LBJ is a great retirement community as well as a recreational area for seniors. The surrounding towns have been rated in the top three areas of the U.S. for retirement.

waterpark at Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Marina
Kids love the Water Park at the
Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Marina

Lake LBJ Boat Tours and Fishing Tours

Lake LBJ is great for fishing with largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, and catfish being the predominant fish. One of the best ways to explore the area is by taking a boating or fishing tour. There are a number of professional fishing guides around Lake LBJ that can accommodate small or large groups. Ask the property manager at your vacation rental for boat tour suggestions. Both Lake LBJ Resort and Marina locations can also provide information on boat tours and guided fishing trips.

Lake LBJ Information for Boaters

Planning to bring your own boat to the Lake LBJ? The lake's constant level is perfect for boating and water skiing. Tourists from all over Texas and the U.S. visit Lake LBJ year round with their boat in tow.

However, boaters need to keep a few things in mind. Always clean, drain and dry your boat to prevent the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species. You can find more lake and fishing information from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Don't own a boat? That's not a problem. There are number of places along Lake LBJ that rent out boats and waverunners.

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Services Available at Lake LBJ:

Featured Boat Rentals
Lake LBJ Yacht Club & Marina Lake LBJ Yacht Club & Marina
Whether you're looking for a jet ski, fishing boat, a boat for water skiing or tubing, or a pontoon boat that will hold 10 people, Lake LBJ Yacht Club & Marina has it all. They also have boat slip rentals, cabins, and a restaurant. Check them out!


Granite Shoals

Blue Cove Lake House
Waterfront lake house for rent nightly on Lake LBJ.

Near Marble Falls

Sunset Point on Lake LBJ
RV Spaces on Lake LBJ just west of Marble Falls, TX.

Horseshoe Bay

Sunrise Beach

Landmasters Real Estate
Three offices in Llano County - Llano, Kingsland, Sunrise Beach - Waterfront Homes, Small Acreage, Hill Country Ranches.

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