Inks Lake State Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 8.6

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Inks Lake State Park Overview:

Review and Rating of Inks Lake State Park Inks Lake State Park, Burnet Texas

Inks Lake State Park is a Texas Outside favorite and we have camped here a number of times. The Park is set among the rolling Texas hills and pink granite outcroppings.

A large majority of the sites are on or very close to Inks Lake, which is a small but pretty 803-acre lake - read our review of Inks Lake to learn more.


The park is clean and well maintained and the roads and sites are paved and large enough for some big rigs.

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

Inks Lake State Park has 200 campsites, 125 of which have water and electricity.  49 sites have water only and can accommodate RVs up 26 feet. 4 walk-in tent sites also have electricity.  There are 9 primitive walk-in sites.  The majority of the sites are spacious, most have some trees, and there are some excellent sites on the water.  Hook-ups are convenient and most of the parking pads are level.  Each site has a fire pit and picnic table.

Inks Lake State Park has  22 mini cabins which will sleep 4 in single bunk beds with mattresses.  The cabins have AC and heating, picnic table, firepit, outdoor grill, water and 30 AMP hook-ups. No pets or cooking is allowed in the cabins. 

Some of the other amenities include:

  • covered group picnic area
  • amphitheater and 8 playgrounds
  • 2 lighted fishing piers
  • boat ramp and canoe, paddle boat, and surf bike rentals
  • 9 miles of hiking trails
  • camp store.

The lake is excellent for fishing and skiing/boarding thanks to very little boat traffic. 

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

We start the day with some boarding and then head over to Devils Waterhole (far south west end of the lake) for some swimming and cliff diving/jumping. We also like to head into Burnet and play Delaware Springs which is an excellent course. There are some very good hiking trails in and around Devils Waterhole and over 5 miles of hiking trails over the granite, through the trees, and along the lake.

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Cool Nearby Activities:

If you want to get out on the water and enjoy the lake, call Splash Boat Rentals and they will deliver a ski boat, pontoon boat, or waverunner for you to enjoy for a few hours. If you own a boat and have time, explore some of the other Highland Lakes -- read Boating the Highland Lakes. Click here to find some other things to do in and around the area. Check out some of the nearby golf courses, read a review, and go play them. Longhorn Caverns is only 10 minutes away and they offer guided cave tours.

If you are staying for awhile, there are lots of fun things to see and do near Inks Lake - check out our 25 Things To Do In The Highland Lakes area.

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Campground Information

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: Campsites 92, 287, 232, 347, and 314. Screened shelter 7 or 11.

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”.  Each park is rated on:

  • Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
  • Park Condition:  the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
  • Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
  • Campsites:  low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
  • Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more