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Inks Lake
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Inks Lake and Inks Dam Information   
The 831 surface acre Inks Lake is located on the Colorado River. The Buchanan and Inks Dams were basically constructed at the same time so when completed, they could work in tandem with each other. Lake Buchanan was impounded in 1937. Inks Lake was impounded in 1938. Inks Dam has no floodgates. The bulk of its floodwater passes over an uncontrolled spillway. The lake is 4.2 miles long, has a maximum width of 3,000 feet and a maximum depth of 60 feet. The water level fluctuates 1 foot annually and is generally not affected by drought. The lake is the third smallest in the chain of 7 Highland Lakes that stretch from Tow to Austin, Texas. Inks Lake is located below Lake Buchanan, and above Lake LBJ. It is relatively untouched by development. Public access is available through the 1,200 acre Inks Lake State Park which borders approximately one half of the lake’s eastern shoreline. There are no marinas located on the lake. The Lower Colorado Authority (LCRA) manages the Highland Lakes. The City of Buchanan Dam is located just west of the Buchanan Lake Dam. The city of Kingsland is located down river near Lake LBJ. Inks Lake is located 9 miles west of Burnet, Texas. 
Inks Lake Area Map 
TPWD Inks Lake Public Access Facilities Map 
Current Inks Lake Level
 
Colorado River:
The Colorado River is the largest of the rivers that exist wholly in Texas. The river rises in intermittent draws in northeastern Dawson County and flows generally southeastward for 600 miles before it bends to the east across southern Burnet County and continues its southeastern course across Travis, Bastrop, Payette, Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda Counties to its mouth on Matagorda Bay near Palacios, Texas. Major towns on its route include Austin, Lamesa, Colorado City, Robert Lee, Ballinger, Paint Rock, Marble Falls, Bastrop, Smithville, La Grange, Columbus, Wharton, Bay City and Matagorda. Important reservoirs (lakes) on the Colorado include Lake J.B. Thomas, E.V. Spence Reservoir, Buchanan Lake, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, Lake Austin, and Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) in Austin; the latter 7 lakes are known as the Highland Lakes. Early in the 19th century the river’s slow current caused the formation of a raft, or a log jam, which gradually grew upstream so that the river was navigable in 1839 for only ten miles above its mouth. By 1858 the situation in Matagorda and Wharton counties had become so bad that the state appropriated funds for the construction of a new channel around the raft; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the channel in the mid-1800s, but it was not maintained so the raft filled it up. After the Civil War the Colorado ceased to be a factor in transportation. The delta that developed after removal of the log jam in 1925, reached across Matagorda Bay as far as Matagorda Peninsula by 1936. In 1936 a channel was dredged through the new delta from the Gulf of Mexico to the town of Matagorda, thus forcing the river to deposit its flotsam and sediment directly into the Gulf. With the removal of the raft, the seaport town of Matagorda gradually became landlocked. The present Caney Creek channel was the original channel of the Colorado River until approximately a thousand years ago. The Lower, Central, and Upper Colorado River Authorities are the three agencies that oversee the conservation of and use of the Colorado River.  Fish Stocking History
 
Historic Inks Lake SH 29 Bridge:
This beautiful old bridge on Old SH 29 over Inks Lake (Colorado River) is now a pedestrian bridge offering beautiful views of Inks Lake and the Lake Buchanan dam. Fishing and diving from the bridge are prohibited. The bridge offers stunning views of Inks Lake and the Buchanan Lake Dam. It was built in the 1930s by the Austin Bridge Company and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The new utilitarian looking vehicular bridge is located adjacent to it. The town of Buchanan Dam is located on the west end of the bridge.