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The three best places to camp on Lake Travis are Pace Bend, Arkansas Bend, and Sandy Creek. I recommend them all.
The magnificent Lake Travis, which essentially came into being because of the impounding of the Colorado River by the Mansfield dam, stands as one of the most popular tourist attractions in today’s date. All things said the chief attraction of Lake Travis is embedded in the enormous amount of space it offers to its visitors. The lake itself occupies an area of 63 miles and the shoreline circumscribing it stretches across a whopping 270 miles.
The reason why Lake Travis is the first spot that hits most people’s minds when they think of camping in Texas is that it presents abundant camping opportunities at the public parks, campgrounds, and RV grounds located at the shore of the lake. To help you understand the camping scenario at Lake Travis better, in the following segment, we will be noting down the prime locations that you should hark upon.
- Pace Bend
As compared to all the other parks in Lake Travis, we can safely claim that Pace Bend draws the maximum number of tourists on any given day and justifiably so. The Park is spread across an area of 1,368 acres and is capable of accommodating around 35,000 visitors every year. Pace bend Park can be truly qualified as all camping lovers’ paradise; it has more than 400 primitive campsites and 20 campsites that boast of their own showers, electricity, and water supply. When at the Pace Bend Park, you cannot give their boat-free swimming areas a miss! Ideally, there’s no need of reserving a spot at the park but, just to be on the safer side of the spectrum and evade commotion on weekends and holidays, you can give pre-bookings a thought.
- Arkansas Bend
The Arkansas Bend situated near Lago Vista is essentially 323 acres parkland that comprises of 2 miles of Lake Travis’s shoreline. Even though the park grants permit for primitive camping only, you will be furnished with the fundamentals including trails, grills, restrooms, and a boat ramp. There’s no scope of reservation at Arkansas bend but to avoid the crowd and find yourself a peaceful spot for camping, it advisable that you reach the park before midnight because according to campers, it experiences the least hustle during the window of 10 pm – 7 am.
- Sandy Creek
Sandy Creek Park occupies the northern part of Lake Travis and is adorned with the unparalleled natural bounties. If you are an avid nature lover and prefer encountering it in its rarest form, Sandy Creek Park should make it to your camping list under all circumstances. If you get lucky, you can spot the golden-cheeked warbler in all its glory along with some other endangered species of birds in this 25-acre park. Before finalizing your plans, you should be aware of the fact that the park only facilitates primitive camping but, you will have reliable sources of water supply and restrooms at your disposal.
The three spots that we have mentioned in the preceding section constitute the major camping grounds at Lake Travis. Apart from these, there are seven small parks, all of which, call for a minimal per-night fee and therefore, successfully magnetize thousands of campers all throughout the year.