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Lampasas, San Saba
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Hill Country
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Colorado Bend Texas State Park
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Colorado Bend State Park Information:
This 5,328 acre park is located on the Colorado River west of Lampasas on the former Gorman and Lemons Ranches above Lake Buchanan, the largest of the Highland Lakes. When water levels are high enough, water access to the lake dam is available from the park. The park’s premier asset, the 70 foot Gorman Falls, is fed by Gorman Springs and other smaller springs which feed into Gorman Creek. The falls are reached by a 1.5 mile round trip trail. The smaller Lemon Falls is also a popular park site. The Spicewood Springs Creek flows through the southern end of the park. The park has over 400 caves; cave tours are available. The spring-fed swimming holes and small waterfalls may be accessed from the Spicewood Springs Trail. Park entrance and camping fees apply. The park is located off FM 580, 3.7 miles south of Bend, 21 miles southeast of San Saba, and 27 miles west of Lampasas, Texas. For more information watch the Park Video.  Colorado Bend State Park Facilities Map  Colorado Bend State Park Trails Map
 
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   
 
Lake Buchanan Information:
The 22,211 surface acre Lake Buchanan is the largest of the 7 Highland Lakes located on the Colorado River between Llano and Austin, Texas. When the 2 mile long Buchanan Dam was completed in 1937, it was the longest multiple-arch dam in the United States. Lake Buchanan covers 36 square miles, has 124 miles of shoreline, has a maximum width of just less than 5 miles, and a maximum depth of 132 feet. The western shore has sandy swimming beaches. The eastern shore is rugged and hilly with granite cliffs, cactus and deep waters. The lake is generally not crowded. Lake amenities include three LCRA parks, cabins, rental houses, the Canyon of the Eagles Resort and other resorts, and RV parks and restaurants. Colorado Bend State Park, famous for its Gorman Falls, is located west of Lampasas on the Colorado River above Lake Buchanan. When lake levels are normal, boaters are able to access the lake via a 10 mile boat trip from the state park. Lake activities include fishing, boating, water skiing, sailing, camping, lake cruises, and bird watching. Bald eagle viewing cruises are available. The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) manages the lower Colorado River, Lake Buchanan and the other Highland Lakes. Lake Buchanan is located in Burnet and Llano Counties, west of the town of Burnet, Texas. The town of Buchanan Dam is located at the dam.  Lake Location Map  Current Lake Level 
 
Colorado Bend State Park Directions:
From the intersection of U.S. 281 and U.S. 183 in Lampasas, take FM 580 west 24 miles to Bend; follow the signs 4 miles to the park entrance. The headquarters and main camping area are located on a dirt road, 6 miles past the park entrance. There are no gas stations in Bend, Texas.