About the Area

There is something very special about Kingsland, Texas and the surrounding hill country! The information below will help you learn a little more about the area and what makes it so special. From the unforgettable wildflowers to the breathtaking sunsets, this area bears the pride of Texas. Lake LBJ, part of the Highland Lakes chain, is one of the most popular lakes in Texas.

Things to Do and Explore

The area attracts visitors from all over the world and offers a wide variety of things to do for people of all ages! Some of the more popular activities in the area include the following:

  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Wineries
  • Breweries
  • Dining


A Little History

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Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, commonly referred to as Lake LBJ, is a reservoir on the Colorado River in the Texas Hill Country. The lake was originally called Lake Granite Shoals and was renamed to Lake Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 in honor of US President Lyndon Baines Johnson. President Johnson owned a ranch on the lake, and he and Mrs. Johnson entertained national and foreign dignitaries on the lake during his vice presidency and presidency. Lake LBJ is located 45 miles northwest of Austin.

The most popular of the Highland Lakes, Lake LBJ offers visitors some of the best fishing, boating, water activities and FUN in the area. The water levels remain fairly stable throughout the year, with the exception of extreme rain events.

Lake LBJ offers 6,449 acres of water surface, it’s perfect for boats with sails or motors as well as personal watercraft. Cruise around Horseshoe Bay and Applehead Island to view multimillion-dollar mega-mansions belonging to local astronauts, professional athletes, Hollywood personalities, and uber-rich Texans. Or, venture up the Colorado River arm of the lake for smoother, yet colder waters. The passage is narrow, but it’s great for water sports. Venture up the Llano River arm on shallower water, which is perfect for pulling tubers behind a boat. Finally, in the middle of Lake LBJ, is Sunrise Beach, a shallow sandbar where boaters cast their anchors and spend hours relaxing. The water here is more shallow (waist-deep at most) and a great place for some water volleyball or simply cooling off!

Love fishing? Come catch largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, and catfish. Bass fishing tournaments are also held on Lake LBJ, and a number of guides make a living taking people to fishing holes known by no one else.

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