10 Best Lakes Near Marble Falls

Jul 8, 2020

One of the best ways to spend a spring or summer day in Texas is out on the water. We’re thankful for a number of refreshing, beautiful lakes in the Marble Falls area to swim, boat, waterski, tube, kayak, fish or just hang out. Here’s a list of our favorites in the nearby area. Some lakes don’t have entrance fees and allow motorized watercraft (ski, wakeboard, speed, etc.) as well as paddle board, kayaks and more. There may be fees at some entrances and not others, plus charge for boat ramp use depending on which ramp you choose. Also check for any updates due to COVID restrictions.


1. Lake Marble Falls

Lake Marble Falls is the fourth lake in the Highland Lakes string of lakes on the Colorado River. Residents and visitors enjoy fishing and boating on this lake, situated near our favorite little  town — Marble Falls. Most of the property along the shore is privately owned, but still plenty of opportunities to drop in your boat. Catch the annual drag boat race that takes place during the Lake Marble Falls Lakefest. After a hiatus, the event will return summer 2020.

Just a few miles from Gregg Ranch in Marble Falls.

Entrance fee? No.



2. Lake Austin

The sixth lake in the chain of Highland Lakes on the Colorado River, Lake Austin is an excellent choice for fishing and boating as well as hiking and biking. Wonderful view from the 360 Bridge suspended over the lake. The lake underneath the bridge is also a popular gathering point.

Just about an hour southeast of Gregg Ranch.

Entrance fee? Yes.



3. Inks Lake 

A Hill country gem, the crystal-blue waters of Inks Lake offers family fun on water and land. Visitors enjoy nine miles of hiking trails through serene forests and hills, plus camping, backpacking, geocaching, even volleyball. On the water enjoy swimming, boating, water skiing, scuba diving and fishing with a large no-wake zone perfect for paddleboards, kayaks and canoes. Some of the best fishing in the region with sunfish, catfish and several species of bass.

3630 Park Road 4 West, Burnet about 30 minutes north of Marble Falls and Gregg Ranch.

Entrance fee? $6 Adult Day Use fee, Children 12 and under free.



4. Ladybird Lake

The lake is named after Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson, who was First Lady of the United States from 1963-1969, wife of Lyndon B. Johnson. A popular spot for local residents, the area boasts parks, water sports, swimming, hiking and more.

About an hour southeast of Gregg Ranch.

Entrance fee? No.



5. Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake is a great spot for relaxing, enjoying water recreation and spotting wildlife. There are eight park areas around the lake for camping, swimming, boating and picnicking, with several boat ramps to access to the lake. The nearby golf course has a terrific view of the lake.

A little over an hour south of Gregg Ranch.

Entrance fee? $3.00



6. Quarry Lake

The perfect place to take the family, this local favorite is a true hidden gem among the lakes in the area. It is extremely clean, has great amenities and terrific staff. Enjoy paddle boarding, hikes or runs along the shore or sunning on the charming dock.

About an hour southeast of Gregg Ranch.

Entrance fee? No.



7. Devil’s Cove at Lake Travis

The Lake Travis Facebook page says, “Devil’s Cove is the biggest party cove and meeting place for boaters on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. Every year thousands of people pile on hundreds of boats in THE hot spot for Memorial Day, summer, Fourth of July and Labor Day.”

About an hour southeast of Gregg Ranch. Sound intriquing? Then check it out!

Entrance fee? Yes.



8. North Shore of Lake Travis at Lago Vista

Texans love this area of Lake Travis for relaxation and a slower pace of life. Water sports and boating are huge pastimes and it’s also known as one of the best spots for reeling in the big ones.

About an hour southeast of Gregg Ranch.

Entrance fee? Yes.



9. Lake LBJ

Named for President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lake LBJ is one of our favorites of the Highland Lakes chain of seven lakes. It’s normally constant lake levels make is a popular destination year-round and at 21 miles long and a maximum width of 10,800 feet, it is perfect for boating, sailing, fishing and all other water-related fun. The smooth water makes it great for wakeboarding, skiing and kneeboarding and a large shallow sandbar in the middle of the lake – Sunrise Beach – allows boaters to take a break, socialize and maybe even set up a volleyball net. Expect to catch Largemouth or White Bass, Crappie or Catfish and occasionally a Sunfish at one of the most popular fishing spots in the region.

Less than 20 minutes from Marble Falls and Gregg Ranch.

Entrance fee? No.



10. Lake Buchanan

Popular with boaters, campers, fishermen and swimmers, Lake Buchanan has many lakeside cottages and homes available to rent. A picturesque lighthouse can be seen near Buchanan Dam.

30 minutes north of Gregg Ranch.

Entrance fee? $5 adults, 12 and younger free, seniors $2.



Take your pick of any of these local lakes and make a day of it!

Located in charming Marble Falls, Texas this 240-acre master-planned community is north of Austin and is anticipated to be home to approximately 700 single-family and 250 multi-family residences. A central community area with an outdoor pool, ramada, barbecue area, shaded play area and bocce ball and horseshoe pits are planned. Gregg Ranch outdoor amenities will also include 5.5 miles of jogging and biking trails throughout the community and a dog park. The community is conveniently located at the intersection of State Highways 281 and 71, and is a short drive to Lake Marble Falls, Lake LBJ and the famed Texas Lake and Hill Country. Visit http://greggranch.com/ to learn more.