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Inks Lake State Park, TX

Inks Lake State Park Map (click to enlarge)


Our Site #76 – Under an Oak Tree

Burnet, TX (Elevation 1300’) — We arrived on Tuesday (March 7) and we’ll stay three nights. On Friday, we’ll travel to Pecan Grove RV Park in downtown Austin for SXSW.

Inks Lake State Park has outcrops of gneiss (pronounced “nice”) rock which is over a billion year old. Flirt enjoyed walking over a gneiss “island” in Inks Lake.

Flirt on Gneiss Island

Inks Lake reminded us of some of the Wisconsin state parks we used to camp, particularly Devil’s Lake and High Cliffs.
However, there are noticeable differences in flora — Inks Lake has numerous Yucca and Pin Cushion cactus.


Pin Cushion Cactus

One of the most tourist-worthy places in the Texas state park is the Devil’s Waterhole, a small part of the lake surrounded by rock . . . think Wisconsin Dells.

Besides the geology, Inks Lake wildlife includes the mockingbird and the Great Egret.

Great Egret

Jan caught up on her watercolor painting . . .

Jan’s Watercolor

On our first day at the park, a camping neighbor came over to warn us about a territorial bird who was trying to plug up our RV’s heater outlet. It seems that the bird attempts to remove all the potential nesting sites in it’s territory. Our heater outlet fit the bill.

So on Wednesday afternoon we put metal screening over the heater outlet and also over our water heater vents.

Campground Notes:

  • Great views
  • 50A electric and water hookups
  • Cell coverage: Verizon 20+ Mbps
  • 10 miles from Burnet which has grocery and other stores
4 Comments Post a comment
  1. emhuze609 #

    I love the way you two make each place a special home. You find what each place has to offer and make the best of it. Thanks for sharing your adventures. Love to see Jan painting .. and her subject matter is so extensive out there.

    Wondering what kind of bird it is that goes to such extremes to ensure no competition for food, etc. Amazing.

    Looking forward to hearing about your SXSW adventures.. Have a great time.

    Mary H.

    March 10, 2017
    • Jan #

      It is a wren! What a tenacious beauty.

      March 10, 2017
  2. Kathy Graff #

    I really like your vertical landscape photo with Devil’s Waterhole, ominous clouds, and cacti in the foreground. Have you identified the territorial bird?

    March 10, 2017

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