This weekend, we visited Lake LBJ, primarily to look for lake front property for a friend. They drug us around for 8 hours a day in the drizzle and freezing cold, looking for the ideal party house on the lake. Wow -- lake front property is expensive but we did see a lot of very nice houses in the $400,000 to $1,100,000 range on all sides of the lake – from Kingsland to Horseshoe Bay.
There are plenty of properties for sale right on the lake with boat docks, 60 to 160 feet of waterfront, and great views. Prices seem to range from $250 to $350 per square foot depending on the location on the lake (open water versus canal), area, and age of the house. Our friends finally fell in love with a zero lot line house in Horseshoe Bay.
Horseshoe Bay is a great area with restaurants, mini golf, 3 excellent golf courses, Horseshoe Bay Resort & Spa, and other amenities – what a great place to visit or buy property (if you can afford it, we sure can’t cuz we’re just poor website owners).
We stayed at Rio Vista Resort (three stars, 325 388-6331) in a very nice and clean two bedrooms, two bath Villa that was 50 yards from the water. Rio Vista is a combination of Villas (2 and 3 bedroom), RV and mobile home park, plus a nice rental lake house. The unit we stayed in was very clean and equipped with all the basics (silverware, microwave, coffee maker, plates, stove, refrig,). Rio Vista has a recreation room with a pool table, a swimming pool, boat ramp and guest boat slips.
For one dinner, we ate at Club Pocahontas (512 793-6128), 2.5 stars out of 5) in Buchanan Dam which serves steaks, fried seafood, and a few other items including a small salad bar – at reasonable prices. They have a very friendly staff and live country music in the bar on the weekends.
After diner we went next door to a couple of lively nightspots – Partners and The Ranch. Partners seems to be for the younger crowd and The Ranch has live music, a great dance floor, and a diverse crowd of locals from Llano to Lampasas. You can have some serious fun at either one.
Lake LBJ is a Texas Outside favorite because it is a constant level lake (watch your depth finder or you’ll end up with some nasty prop dings) with some good cruising spots (the canals through Applehead Island with huge beautiful million dollar plus homes) , a couple places to eat on the water (Storms in Kingsland, Tropical Hideaway, and Horseshoe Bay), and a fun place to drop anchor on a sandy beach and play volleyball (down the Sunrise Beach arm). Click here to read a review of Lake LBJ or here for a map and more on Lake LBJ.
Some other activities within 30 miles of Lake LBJ include: