Inks Lake State Park


TPWD unveils Inks Public Use Plan

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Park Planner Chris Beckcom outlines plans for improvements and changes to Inks Lake State Park and Longhorn Cavern at a public hearing held Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Burnet Community Center.




Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Lake-area residents heard a future Public Use Plan for the Inks Lake State Park complex, including Inks Lake State Park, Longhorn Cavern State Park, and Park Road 4, at a public hearing held Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Burnet Community Center.

Inks officials and the Inks Lake planning group agreed to develop a plan with safety of their campers in mind, while retaining the beauty of the area and maintaining water quality.

Planners also strived to create a plan to help staff maintain optimal capacity and not maximum capacity, with the expected spike during holiday weekends, and to continue with the plan to construct a day visitor boat ramp, and managing areas that are used by boaters. . . .


Inks Lake Park day use expansion planned

File Photo
An overhead view of the old Highland Lakes Golf Course at Inks Lake State Park. A proposed new use for this area will be discussed at a Dec. 12 public meeting in Burnet.




By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The public will have one final chance to give input on the Public Use Plan for the old Highland Lakes Golf Club course at Inks Lake State Park during a 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, public hearing at the Burnet Community Center.

“Our park planner is putting together the final presentation now to be given at the meeting,” said Cory Evans, superintendent of Inks Lake State Park. “At this meeting, we will roll out the final plan for the park and this will be the final opportunity for the public to make comment about the plan. We know a lot of people are interested in what the plans are for the golf course.”


Prop. 5 will benefit Inks state park

Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
Despite sub-freezing conditions Tuesday, Nov. 12, Joseph Salazar spent the night with his family at Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County. The venue is slated to benefit from the passage of proposition 5, a voter-approved amendment to the Texas Constitution due to the dedication of more funds generated from existing sales taxes on sporting goods. The Texas Historical Commission will also benefit.






Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

With an overwhelming 1.7 million votes tallied at the end of election day Tuesday, Nov. 5, Texans approved Proposition 5, a constitutional amendment appropriating revenue from the state's Sporting Goods Sales Tax to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission, ensuring steady funding for these entities to maintain their parks and historic sites for the enjoyment of future generations.

Local parks like Inks Lake State Park and Longhorn Cavern State Park will be able to enjoy the benefits of this revenue, and though it is too soon to tell how the funds will specifically impact these parks and others in the area, the appropriations will allow officials to plan and perform projects on a regular basis to maintain their property for the public's use.


Inks Lake Park intern battles light pollution

Photo by Steve Shubert, Special to the Bulletin
Our ancestors were once able to behold the twinkling night sky like the one pictured after every sunset, but thanks to inefficient outdoor lighting, that experience is becoming endangered. The Night Sky Conservation movement was started in hopes of reversing this sad truth, and Lauren Sweat, an intern at Inks Lake State Park, is doing her part in educating residents of the Hill Country on the issue.






Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

There was once a time in which every star in the sky could be seen at night. Our ancestors experienced an absolute absence of light once the sun set, and the twinkling black sky above was untouched; one could watch the stars twinkle from anywhere in the world.

Today, much of the night sky is tainted by light pollution, and billions of people rarely have the chance to behold a sight as breathtaking as the Milky Way on a dark, clear night.

Lauren Sweat, a Sustainability major at the University of Texas at Austin and an intern at Inks Lake State Park, is on a mission to reverse this sad truth and is actively sharing knowledge and suggestions with the public to help bring back the beauty of the night sky.


Evacuees returning to homes after fire

Contributed/Burnet County ESD Commissioner Clayton Smith
A lone individual with a water hose is doing his best to help fight the County Road 116/Park Road 4 fire as flames rise on a nearby ridge. Some 557 acres have burned and the fire is 60 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.





By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) officials were hopeful residents evacuated from Park Road 4 and County Road 116 (Hoover Valley Road) due to fire would be allowed to return to their homes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.

More than 50 local personnel from 17 different departments have responded to a blaze which consumed 557 acres, forced evacuations of residents from 150 homes and closed the two major roads as well as Inks Lake State Park.

Fortunately, no one has been killed or injured and no homes have been reported damaged from the grass fire, which began at about 2:52 p.m. Sunday, July 29, along County Road 116, better known as Hoover Valley Road, near Park Road 4, close to Inks Lake State Park, and quickly escalated to yet another raging wildfire for Burnet County.

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