Canyon of the Eagles Campground Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 9.4

Burnet ยท 512 334-2070
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Canyon of the Eagles Campground Overview:

Review of Canyon of the Eagles Campground

Canyon of the Eagles Campground sits on 940 acres of beautiful hill country terrain loaded with lots of wildlife, camping options, an observatory, over 14 miles of hiking trails, over 3 miles of Lake Buchanan shoreline, and a fantastic resort.  There is a full hook-up RV park, a group camping area, and two primitive campgrounds at Canyon of the Eagles and all are designed to make you feel at home with nature.  For all your friends and family who want to join you but won't fit in your tent or camper, they can stay in one of 62 distinctive cottages at Canyon of the Eagles Resort which were patterned after 1920's Hill Country Homes.  Read our review of Canyon of the Eagles Resort to learn more about this outstanding Resort. 

This is a perfect place to stay if you want to enjoy camping, Lake Buchanan, hiking, nature and birding, kayaking, and more and take advantage of resort amenities at Canyon of the Eagles.  

Lower Colorado River Authority owns the property which was acquired in 1993 as part of its commitment to preserve natural resources for future generations and to provide science education, recreation, nature tourism opportunities and economic benefit to the region.

In 2009, Caliber Resorts took over management of the campgrounds and resort and poured a lot of money into renovation, improvements, and maintenance.  On our last visit in April 2011, the Resort and campgrounds were very well manicured, very clean, and well maintained.  

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

Canyon of the Eagles has four distinct areas for camping - a full hook-up RV park, a group camping area, and two primitive areas for camping.  The RV Park has 25 sites with water, electric (20, 30, & 50 AMP) service, and sewer hookups - hookups are in a convenient and easy to reach location.  Each site also has a wooden picnic table and a fire pit.  The sites range from all shade to partial shade.  And sites 13, 15, and 17 have a partial view of Lake Buchanan. 

All of the roads and site pads in Canyon of the Eagles Campground are paved and the circular road through the 25 sites is one way and wide enough to easily get into and out of the sites.  Most of the sites are long and wide enough for big rigs with quad slides - they range in length from 48 to 78 feet with most around 65 feet long.  One of the things we like about camping here is that the sites are very spacious with lots of trees and within a 5 minute walk you can be enjoying all of the Resort's amenities. 

The RV park restroom has a men's and women's restroom as well as private individual restrooms that are very spacious and have a toilet, sink, and shower.  When we visited they were well maintained and spotless.  Some of the sites will be within range of the free Wi-Fi - we were in site 13 and had very good coverage. 

Tanner Point Campground is about a half mile from the Resort and is home to 10 primitive sites with no water or electric service.  Each site has a tent pad, picnic table, and fire pit.   The sites are an easy walk from the parking lot down a gently sloping hill that leads to Lake Buchanan. The sites are in a loop around the parking lot and most are a stones throw from the lake.  One of the sites has handicap access and there is one porta potty in the parking lot.  Access to the sites from the main park road is down a third of a mile dirt and crushed gravel road.

Chimney Slough Campground has 23 well shaded and protected sites, 10 of which are a within 100 yards of Lake Buchanan.  Each of the sites has a picnic table, tent pad, and fire pit.  The sites are all well spaced out and none are side by side.  Some of the sites are closer to the dead end dirt road that leads to all of the sites(you may catch a little dust) and others are set well back under the trees. All but one of the sites are well treed and shaded.  Chimney Slough Campground is a little over a half mile from the Resort.   Along the road are two port-a-pottys.

For large groups, the Fisherman's Point group camping area is perfect with lots of picnic tables under the trees, two port-a-pottys, an open field, and 100 yards to the lake. 

All of the campgrounds are well maintained and manicured.  You do need to keep an eye out for the wandering turkeys, armadillos, lizards, rabbits, roadrunners, white tail deer, and cactus.  In April, the cactus bloom with beautiful yellow flowers. 

In addition to great sites, access to Lake Buchanan, and lots of wildlife we also enjoy staying here because all campers have full use of the resort amenities, some of which include:

  • a small oval rock pool with a waterfall leading to a beautiful large pool with a stone patio
  • a fantastic restaurant sitting on a bluff with magnificent views of the surrounding hill country and Lake Buchanan - the sunset over the lake is worth a million bucks
  • Eagle Eye Observatory  has two large telescopes that provide magnificent views of the stars during the scheduled viewings
  • a store with T-shirts, snacks, ice, and more
  • over 14 miles of hiking trails that vary from easy to strenuous and most with lots of wildlife and magnificent views
  • an amphitheater for some outdoor shows
  • a store on the shore of Lake Buchanan which has ice, limited fishing gear, some snacks, T-shirts, cold drinks, and more
  • a garden with herbs and butterflies
  • free Wi-Fi in the Resort and parts of the RV park
  • TV and game room
  • meeting rooms and wedding ceremony sites
  • a stone fire pit on the patio overlooking the lake

Each weekend during the season, the Resort hosts a number of activities for kids.  During our visit over Easter weekend, some of the activities included:

  • movies under the stars each evening on the stone patio overlooking the lake
  • star gazing at Eagle Eye Observatory
  • Easter egg hunt
  • "Shake, Rattle, & Coil" a very informative talk and demonstration of snakes, lizards, turtles, spiders, and more
  • American Indian Relics Programs

A paved road leads down the hill, or you can take a short walk from the RV Park or Tanner Point to the lake where you'll find the Store, a pier, picnic tables, and plenty of access to the lake for kayaking, swimming, or fishing. 

Buchanan Adventures is located next to the store and they offer kayaks and canoes for rent, guided pontoon boat tours to the falls or a winery, or they will take you on a pontoon boat with some kayaks and let you paddle around the beautiful 30' Fall Creek Falls. 

After all that kayaking, swimming, hiking, and biking you're bound to be hungry and the Outlook Restaurant is the perfect place to load up on some good food.  During the season they serve a continental breakfast, lunch (burgers, salads, appetizers, chicken sandwiches, enchiladas, and lots more good stuff), and some excellent choices for dinner.  For example, during our stay we had a very tasty bow tie pasta (a combo of spinach, tomato and wheat pasta served with a Gorgonzola cream sauce and assorted vegetables), a great sirloin steak in a red wine and mushroom bordelaise sauce, perfectly cooked peppercorn venison (a pan seared peppercorn crusted tenderloin of venison topped with a jalapeno-blueberry reduction plus garlic mashed Yukon potatoes and seasoned vegetables).   But the highlight was the Chef's famous Pulled Pork Enchiladas - a secret recipe for seasoned pork roast slow cooked for six hours then hand pulled and layered with Monterey Jack and goat cheese, corn tortillas and a jalapeno lime cream sauce - yummmmm!

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

There is so much to see and do during a stay at Canyon of the Eagles, I usually have to come up with a daily activity grid for our stay.  Some of the things we enjoy doing include:

  • hike some of the trails and then head over to the resort pool to cool off
  • enjoy a great dinner at the restaurant
  • take the grandkids to one of the many kids activities at the Resort
  • pile aboard our boat and explore Lake Buchanan - Canyon of the Eagles doesn't have a boat ramp but there is a public park about two miles down the road
  • play golf on any of the several nearby golf courses
  • play a round of frisbee golf - we make up our own holes around the campground using trees, fire pits, and more as the holes
  • roast marshmallows on the fire pit for s'mores
  • check out the stars at the observatory
  • play a lot of dominos and devour some great campground meals

You shouldn't get bored during a stay at Canyon of the Eagles Campground. 

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Cool Nearby Activities:

Most likely once you arrive at Canyon of the Eagles Campground, you're going to want to park the vehicle, pull out the camp chairs and games and never leave the Park until it's time to hit the road for home. 

If you do feel like venturing out here are some fun things to see and do that are nearby:

  • Vanishing Texas River Cruises offers scenic houseboat  tours to the falls on Lake Buchanan  
  • sample some wine at any of the several  wineries within an hour of the lake
  • call one of the Lake Buchanan fishing guides - they'll pick you up at the Canyon of the Eagles dock and take you to where the big ones are waiting
  • play 18 holes of golf at any of the nearby golf courses - use this Burnet Golf Map to find a course and read our review of it
  • visit Longhorn Caverns to tour a fantastic cave
  • rent a kayak and explore nearby Inks Lake
  • rent a boat on Lake LBJ and check the huge multi-million dollar mansions or a jet ski on Lake Buchanan - see this page to find boat rentals

To learn more about Lake Buchanan, read our review of Lake Buchanan and check out our interactive Lake Buchanan Map.

Campground Information

Phone:
512 334-2070
Website:
Website Link
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Area Map
Map:
Location Map
Reservations:
Reservations Link or 800 977-0081
Texas Outside Favorite Sites: RV sites 13, 15, 17 have limited views of the lake, and 19 is long and closest to the Resort. Pick a primitive site that has easy access or views of the water.

Campground Rating

Overall Rating:
9.4
Condition:
10.0
Scenic Beauty:
8.0
Campsites:
9.0
Amenities:
9.0
Things To Do:
9.0

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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

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