Exploring Lake LBJ


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, Houses in Horseshoe BayHouseshoe Bay house on canal 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). 

Horseshoe Bay Applerock CourseMarriott at Horseshoe BayHorseshoe Bay Caprock Pool

Rio Vista RentalsRio Vista RentalWe 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:

  • Horseshoe Bay – Apple Rock, Ram Rock, and Slick Rock Golf Courses are some of the toughest, priciest, and best in TexasHorseshoe Bay Applerock Course
  • Blue Lake Golf Course – we haven’t played it yet but it looks fun with trees and rolling hills and nine holes
  • Delaware Springs – a  fun course and excellent value – to see the Texas Outside rating and review, click here
  • Inks Lake Golf Course – nine holes alone the lake and the last time we were there was over 5 years ago and it was in pretty rough shape but it did have a couple fun holes, great views of the lake, and was very cheap
  • Legends on Lake LBJ – I understand that in late 2005 the Legends went bankrupt – click here to see the rating and review
  • Meadow Lakes Country Club – haven’t seen or played this one, so I can’t help you
  • Lighthouse Country Club – heard that it was undergoing some major renovations and has a new pro and will be dynamite in the later part of 2006 
  • Llano – nice course along the Llano River

Marble Falls

  • Restaurants
    • Blue Bonnet Café – over 25 years old and still getting excellent ratings and reviews
    • River City Grill – same owner as the Blue Bonnet and overlooks Lake Marble Falls
    • Chili’s Grill and Bar– overlooking Lake Marble Falls
    • Lucky Buffet -- pretty good Chinese buffet with a lot of choices
    • Santa Fe House
    • 909
  • Shopping – historic Main Street with quaint antique stores, specialty boutiques, art galleries, and more
  • Bars and music – Patton’s On Main is a bar with live music
  • Miscellaneous
    • Champ Champions -- excellent girls and boy’s camp
    • Marble Falls is big enough to have a Wal-Mart if that’s where you like to shop
  • Parks on Lake Marble Falls
    • Adam Johnson Park
    • Lakeside Park
    • Fall Creek Park

      Close-by cities for some day trips

      Nearby places to visit or fun things to do

      Bottom line -- spend a few days anywhere around Lake LBJ and you'll find plenty of fun things to do. Have fun!

      Lake LBJ calm water Horseshoe Bay Yacht Club


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