Lake Buchanan



Buchanan Dam, Texas, weather forecast



Lake Buchanan (pronouced buh-CAN-un) is the 2nd 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 and a shoreline of 124 miles. It is named for Representative James P. Buchanan (1867-1937), not the 15th President of the United State as some believe, who is credited with securing the funding to build the lake and dam. When it was built, 1938, Buchanan Dam was considered to be the longest multiple-arch dam in the U.S. with a length of just over two miles.

Lake Buchanan is located about 60 miles northwest of Austin and approximately 95 miles north of San Antonio. It is about 230 miles south of Dallas and Fort Worth and 230 miles west of Houston.


Lake Buchanan in Texas - aerial view


The lake is very popular with boaters, fishermen, campers and swimmers. The lake is so large that you will never feel crowded on the lake. There is always plenty of "elbow room" on each of the Highland Lakes. In 1995 over 1 1/2 million Striper Bass were stocked in Lake Buchanan.

RV Parks, cabins for rent and campgrounds, and lake rental houses are available along the lake. There are a few cafes near the lake: one specializes in catfish, another in good old Texas B-B-Q and some with Texas home style cooking.


Waterfalls up the Colorado River from Lake Buchanan
Waterfalls up the Colorado River


You can take a cruise up Lake Buchanan on a 200 passenger vessel complete with an enclosed all-weather deck plus two observation decks. Operating year round with the 2 1/2 hour scenic wilderness tour through the historic Colorado River Canyon. Perfect for spotting the nesting Bald Eagles and looking at the waterfalls.

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


A vineyard near Lake Buchanan
A vineyard near Lake Buchanan


There are many great wineries near Lake Buchanan, and many new ones popping up everyday.The Texas Hill Country wineries (AKA Texas Wine Country or the Texas Wine Trail) are often compared to California's Napa Valley.



 

Featured Cabins

 
Big Chief RV Resort and Cabin Rentals

Big Chief RV Resort and Cabin Rentals

At the dam on Lake Buchanan

Voted Area's Best RV & Cabin Resort and the BEST VALUE in 2 counties! Stunning sunsets, Clean cabins, incredible pool and hot tub, large pull through sites, Clubhouse, Boat Ramp, easy deep water access for boaters and much more.

 
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!.

 


 

Cabin Rentals and RV Spaces

 
Beachcomber Park

Beachcomber Park

west side of Lake Buchanan

Beachcomber Park has many enchanting cottages for rent, RV spaces - both pull through and back-in, as well as boat ramp and boat storage. Cottages for rent and RV Park at this waterfront resort. They also have 2 boat launches, boat docking, and storage.

 
Big Chief RV Resort and Cabin Rentals

Big Chief RV Resort and Cabin Rentals

At the dam on Lake Buchanan

Voted Area's Best RV & Cabin Resort and the BEST VALUE in 2 counties! Stunning sunsets, Clean cabins, incredible pool and hot tub, large pull through sites, Clubhouse, Boat Ramp, easy deep water access for boaters and much more.

 
Cottonwood Cove

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.

 
Hi-Line Lake Resort

Hi-Line Lake Resort

Located on scenic Lake Buchanan near the beautiful Fall Creek waterfall

"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.

 
Poppy's Pointe Lakefront Resort

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.

 
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!.

 
Thunderbird Lodge and Event Center

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.

 


 

Real Estate

 
Lake LBJ Real Estate - MLS Search

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.

 


 

Boat Dock Builders

 
Spillar Boat Docks

Spillar Boat Docks

Highland Lakes area

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.

 


 

Fishing Guides

 
Fernandez Striper Guide Services

Fernandez Striper Guide Services

Lake Buchanan

Hello folks. My name is Fermin. I've been guiding Lake Buchanan and Inks Lake for over 30 years. I fish out of a 25-ft twin engine center console with a full array of electronics and the know-how and experience of a lifetime spent guiding the lake. I also supply the bait and tackle plus clean your fish at the end of the trip.

 
Clancy's Fishing Guide Service

Clancy's Fishing Guide Service

Lake Buchanan

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.

 
Ray's Striper Fishing Guide Service

Ray's Striper Fishing Guide Service

Lake Buchanan

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.

 


Vacation Rentals

Lake Houses, Cabins For Rent
and RV Spaces are needed.

Our viewers are looking for vacation rentals on Lake Buchanan.  If you have a vacation rental, we can bring you renters.    

 

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