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Lake-Buchanan is located in central Texas, the first and largest of what is known as the Texas Highland Lakes. The other reservoirs in the system include Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake. Lake Buchanan was formed with the construction of Buchanan Dam in 1939. At the time, the dam was the longest multiple-arch dam in the United States. The lake was named for Representative James P. Buchanan, who is credited with securing the funding to build the dam that created the lake. Called "Big Buc" by locals, Lake Buchanan has 22,333 acres of surface water, 124 miles of shoreline and is five miles wide at the widest point. It's a very popular place for fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, jet-skiing, camping and more. The lake has been stocked with several species of fish including largemouth bass, catfish, white bass and striped bass. There are RV parks, campgrounds and cabins and cottages for rent around Lake Buchanan. Much of the property around the lake is privately owned, so there are also lots of homes, many of them available for rent on a regular basis. There's also several eateries, including a restaurant that specializes in catfish and another that is famous for their Texas BBQ. In addition to all this, the Lower Colorado River Authority maintains three parks on the Lake Buchanan; Cedar Point Recreation Area, Black Rock Park, and Canyon of the Eagles.

Surrounding areas: Inks Lake, Texas (4.3 mi), Tow, Texas (6.7 mi), Kingsland, Texas (9.4 mi), Sunrise Beach, Texas (13.4 mi), Llano, Texas (14.8 mi), Lake Lyndon B Johnson, Texas (16.7 mi), Marble Falls, Texas (17.5 mi)

Lake Buchanan Vacation Rentals

Lake Buchanan Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Chism Lodges IncRt 1Bluffton, TX4.1 mi.(325) 379-6331
Lake LBJ MotelRR 2 Box 139Kingsland, TX9.4 mi.(325) 388-4571
Lake LBJ MotelKingsland, TX9.4 mi.(325) 388-4571
Holiday Inn Express810 S Water StBuenet, TX12.3 mi.(512) 756-1789
Hill Country Suites609 Bessemer AveLlano, TX14.8 mi.(325) 247-1090
Best Western Llano901 W Young StLlano, TX15.4 mi.(325) 247-4101
Hampton Inn On The Lake704 First StMarble Falls, TX17.5 mi.(830) 798-1895
Best Western Marble Falls Inn1403 Hwy 281 NMarble Falls, TX17.6 mi.(830) 693-5122
Quality Inn1206 Hwy 281 NMarble Falls, TX17.6 mi.(830) 693-7531
Country Inn1502 S Key AveLampasas, TX23.4 mi.(512) 556-6201
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1200 Central Texas ExpyLampasas, TX24.1 mi.(512) 556-9292

Lake Buchanan Weather & Climate

Central Texas basically has two seasons - summers that may last from April through October, and winters that start in November and usually lasts until March. When summer ends, it's too dry for autumn foliage, except in East Texas. Precipitation is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, although most occurs in May and September in the form of thunderstorms. Large amounts of rain falling within short periods of time cause flash floods. Hail is reported around the Central Texas area an average of 31 days per year and tornadoes are reported on an average of 12 days per year. Average yearly rainfall is near 32 inches. Average sunshine varies from about 50% in the winter to near 75% in the summer. Although tornadoes are rare, they are most often associated with dissipating tropical storms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 58°F 33°F 1.41 in. -
February 63°F 37°F 1.97 in. -
March 70°F 45°F 2.24 in. -
April 77°F 52°F 2.17 in. -
May 83°F 61°F 4.31 in. -
June 89°F 67°F 3.54 in. -
July 93°F 70°F 1.23 in. -
August 93°F 70°F 1.21 in. -
September 88°F 64°F 2.00 in. -
October 79°F 54°F 2.97 in. -
November 67°F 44°F 2.43 in. -
December 60°F 35°F 2.14 in. -

Lake Buchanan Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Austin Bergstrom International airport (AUS) located about 61 miles southeast of Lake Buchanan in Austin, Texas, the Draughon Miller Central Texas Regional airport (TPL) located approximately 65 miles east of Lake Buchanan in Temple, Texas, Kerrville Municipal Louis Schreiner Field (ERV) located roughly 68 miles southwest of Lake Buchanan in Kerrville, Texas, and finally the San Marcos Municipal airport (HYI) located around 70 miles south of Lake Buchanan in San Marcos, Texas.

Lake Buchanan Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Landa ParkNew BraunfelsTX77.5 mi.
Water Parks
Schlitterbahn Waterpark ResortNew BraunfelsTX77.5 mi.
Splashdown San AntonioSan AntonioTX94.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Highland Lakes Golf CourseBuchanan DamTX4.4 mi.
Packsaddle Country ClubKingslandTX9.9 mi.
Gainesville Municipal Golf CourseGainesvilleTX10.1 mi.
Delaware Springs Golf CourseBurnetTX12.8 mi.
Llano Municipal Golf CourseLlanoTX14.6 mi.
Blue Lake Golf ClubMarble FallsTX18.1 mi.
Meadowlakes Golf & Country ClubMarble FallsTX18.1 mi.
Hancock Park Municipal Golf CourseLampasasTX23.6 mi.
Pedernales Country ClubSpicewoodTX27.9 mi.
State Parks
Inks Lake State ParkTX5.6 mi. 
Longhorn Cavern State ParkTX9.2 mi. 
Gillespie Co. Historical Society Pioneer MuseumFredericksburgTX44.5 mi.(History)
Latin American Collection of the Jack S. Blanton Museum of ArtAustinTX54.7 mi.(History)
Texas Military Forces MuseumAustinTX54.7 mi.(History)
Texas Memorial MuseumAustinTX54.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & MuseumAustinTX54.7 mi.(Art)
Charles W. Moore FoundationAustinTX54.7 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Cameron Park ZooWacoTX92.1 mi.
San Antonio Zoological Gardens and AquariumSan AntonioTX94.7 mi.
Sea World of San AntonioSan AntonioTX94.7 mi.
Fossil Rim Wildlife CenterGlen RoseTX107.2 mi.

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