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The Best Texas Hill Country Local Lakes and Rivers

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Spending time on the water is one of the favorite Hill Country activities, and the abundance of local lakes and rivers provide great options. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly choice for tubing, the best place to go fishing in New Braunfels, or a relaxing spot to picnic with a view, you’ll find it on one of the Hill Country lakes and rivers.

Guadalupe River

When you land in the Hill Country, you’re surrounded by bodies of water like the Guadalupe. Running from Kerr County to the San Antonio Bay through the cities of Kerrville, New Braunfels, and Seguin, the Guadalupe River is a favorite spot for Hill Country recreation. Tubing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and fly-fishing provide excitement. Tubing on the Guadalupe in New Braunfels and just East of Boerne in Guadalupe River State Park are two of the most popular recreational activities along the river.

Comal River

The Comal River joins the Guadalupe in New Braunfels. Called the “longest shortest river in the world,” it travels only 2.5 miles on its own. The spring-fed Comal is known for being a calmer choice for tubing and other recreational activities—and is, therefore, a great choice for family activities in the Hill Country. With its mild currents, natural environment, and constant 72-degree temperature, it’s a favorite spot during warm weather.

Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake is a reservoir along the Guadalupe near New Braunfels and San Marcos that is a haven for water sports in the Hill Country. Camping, swimming, boating and picnicking, fishing, as well as hiking, biking, and horseback riding on the equestrian trails are favorite things to do on Canyon Lake.

Lake Buchanan

Just west of Burnet, Lake Buchanan is a favorite Hill Country fishing spot, stocked with largemouth bass, catfish, white bass, and striped bass. Boating on the lake is another popular activity, accessible through county parks and private marinas.

Llano River

Fly fishermen flock to the Llano River, which travels through the Hill Country north of Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg and through the town of Llano, for Guadalupe bass, largemouth bass, alligator gar, and sunfish. 

Lake Marble Falls 

A destination for Texas water skiers, Lake Marble Falls is a small (600 acres) lake that’s also a favorite for boaters. Fishing on the lake is another popular activity, with largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish, as well as a record number of striped bass. 

Inks Lake

Located near Burnet, Inks Lake is a great spot to spend a day on the water. Rent a canoe or paddleboat, or fish for bass, crappie and catfish.

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