Your Guide to Lake Buchanan

Lake Buchanan

regatta on Lake Buchanan
A Regatta on Lake Buchanan

Lake Buchanan (pronouced buh-CAN-un) 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 and a shoreline of 124 miles. It is named for Representative James P. Buchanan (1867-1937), 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.

Buchanan Dam

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.  To find a fishing guide to take you out on Lake Buchanan - click here.

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

The photo above is 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.

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

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.

Fall Creek Vineyards is a popular winery on the west side of the lake where you can stop in for a little wine tasting and buy a bottle or two of Texas wine.  They also offers tours of the winery.

fish caught on Lake Buchanan
Striped Bass caught in Lake Buchanan

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

You can click on these links below to see more photos and information:
Bird Watching, Wildlife and Wildflowers.

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Cabin Rentals and RV Spaces
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.

Texas Hills RV Haven Texas Hills RV Haven
on the northwest side of Lake Buchanan in Tow, TX

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.

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.

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 to fish from. 

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 Rainbow Hearth Bed and Breakfast
on  the east side of Lake Buchanan

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
New waterfront log cabins on the shores of Lake Buchanan.  Each cabin sleeps six, has a full kitchen, AC/Heat, and covered front porch with fantastic open water views of the lake.  The resort has a Club House, Meeting Room, free canoes, hot tub and campfire areas.
Big Chief RV Resort and Cabin Rentals
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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, a general store, fitness room, TV/Game room, clubhouse, covered pavilion, planned activities,  a boat ramp and more.
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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.
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.Lake Rental Houses
Lake Rental House on Lake Buchanan Lake Buchanan Rental Home
on  the east side of Lake Buchanan

Waterfront vacation home for rent.  3 bedrooms, 2 baths, spacious deck with great views of the lake.

Island Escape Lake House Island Escape Lake House
on the west side of Lake Buchanan

Waterfront lake house with fishing pier/boat dock, waterfront patio, extra large covered deck with lake view.  3 bedroom, 2 bath and bonus room will sleep up to 12 people.

The Little Red Lakehouse on Lake Buchanan

The Little Red Lake House on Lake Buchanan
This lake home is on 1/2 acre on the west side of Lake Buchanan with 150 feet of waterfront, fishing pier and one of the largest and nicest patios with a nice view of the lake. Can sleep 8 people in beds.

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.

Lake House at Willow Point on Lake Buchanan in Texas

Lake House at Willow Point on Lake Buchanan
Very large, newly remodeled lake house, perfect for family reunions and other gatherings. Sandy beach for great swimming and wading.  Two large decks, covered patio, picnic area, canoes, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, fire pit - 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 living areas, and more.

Lake Vista Lodge lake house rental on Lake Buchanan in central Texas

Lake Vista Lodge - Lake Buchanan
This spacious, beautiful waterfront log home has 2,500 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.  Sandy beach for swimming and wading, long fishing pier, large deck, and beautiful lake views make this a popular vacation spot on beautiful Lake Buchanan.   Sleeps 10 in beds.

Shaw Island Retreat

Shaw Island Retreat on Lake Buchanan
Waterfront lake house on beautiful Lake Buchanan with sandy beach, large deck facing the water, wall of windows facing the lake, two living areas, and covered patio area.  Your group will love this home!

Sellers Lake House on Lake Buchanan

Sellers' Lake House
Enjoy beautiful unparalleled panoramic lake views from this attractive 3 bedroom home on 200 feet of waterfront on one of the best parts of Lake Buchanan.  It has 4 decks with great views and great views from inside the home.  Great fishing, too!

.Fishing Guides
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.
Jerry Moore Fishing Guide Service Jerry Moore Fishing Guide
Striped Bass Fishing Guide Service on Lake Buchanan,TX.   Jerry has made several appearances on television with the "Fishing Texas" Show.  He has been a striper guide for the past 28 years. Bait and equipment are furnished.
.Real Estate

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.
.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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throughout the entire year in the area.

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