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South Llano River Texas State Park
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South Llano River State Park Information:
South Llano State Park is now comprised of the original 524 acre park and the former adjacent 2,133 acre Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area. The park is located 5 miles southwest of Junction on the south fork of the Llano River. The park has 2 miles of river frontage. The land for both the former WMA and the park were donated by Walter Buck in 1977. The park opened to the public in 1990. The habitat of both sites consists of limestone hills covered with dense stands of juniper, live oak, and Spanish oak. Buck Lake is a short hike from the camping area. The river is a favorite swimming spot due to its constant water level. The South Llano River flows from artesian waters located at an Edwards County Ranch, 50 miles south of the park. The river flows north and meets the North Llano River at Junction, Texas. Wildlife includes an abundance of wild turkeys, particularly from October through March when turkeys roost within the park. At this time, the park and the river bottom are closed to the public to protect the roosts. The bridge is the only river access during the roosting season. Other wildlife includes axis deer, white-tailed deer, black buck antelope, sika deer, fallow deer, javelina, fox, beaver, bobcat, cottontail, and armadillo.The original Buck family ranch home serves as the park headquarters building, and houses exhibits. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information, watch the Park Video.  From Junction, take U.S. 377 southwest for 5 miles to Park Road 73. Proceed on Park Road 73 to the park.
 
Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area Information:THE WMA IS NOW PART OF SOUTH LLANO RIVER STATE PARK.
This 2,133 acre Wildlife Management Area is located 5 miles southwest of Junction at the south fork of the Llano River, adjacent to the South Llano River State Park. The land for both the WMA and the park were donated by Walter Buck in 1977. Habitat consists of limestone hills covered with dense stands of juniper, live oak and Spanish oak. More than 150 bird species have been viewed in the area. The endangered Black-capped Vireo and the common Western Screech Owl have been documented on the WMA for the past several years. Amenities include 16 miles of roads and trails, hunting blinds, and a bird blind with water and feeding stations. Activities include birding, hunting, and hiking and biking. There are no restroom facilities; bring your own drinking water.For more information, call the adjacent South Llano River State Park at (325) 446-3994. From Junction, take U.S. 377 southwest for approximately 5 miles to the South Llano River State Park Entrance.
 
Llano River:
The Llano River rises in two spring-fed branches, the North and South Llano Rivers. The North Llano rises in west central Sutton County and flows generally east for approximately forty miles to its confluence with the South Llano, just east of Junction in Kimble County. The South Llano rises in northwestern Edwards County and flows northeast for fifty-five miles to meet the North Llano River. The Llano River proper flows east for approximately 100 miles, crossing Kimble, Mason, and Llano Counties on its way to its mouth on the Colorado River, at Lake Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) near Kingsland. Settlement of the Llano River valley began in the mid-to-late 1840s, when German Americans from Fredericksburg moved north. The communities of Castell, Hedwigs Hill, and Llano had been established by the mid-1850s, and the arrival of the railroad in the 1870s led to the flourishing of Kingsland and Junction. The Telegraph and Roosevelt communities, in the river's upper reaches, were not established until the 1880s, when the threat of Indian raids had been eliminated. The river has a constant flow and provides excellent opportunities for canoeing. The South Llano River State Park offers camping and other recreation activities.South Llano River Fish Stocking History 
 
South Llano River State Park Directions:   
From Junction, take U.S. 377 southwest for 5 miles to Park Road 73. Proceed on Park Road 73 to the park.