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A Regatta on Lake Buchanan
Lake Buchanan 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. When it was built, Buchanan Dam was considered to be the longest multiple-arch dam in the U.S. with a length of just over two miles.
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.
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.
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.