At confluence of Llano and Colorado Rivers, this spot was popular for fishing even
before area lakes were built; trains brought fishermen at the turn of the century.
The scenic area is still popular with fishermen and water sports enthusiasts who enjoy
convenient access to present Lake Lyndon B. Johnson.
Packsaddle Country Club offers 18 holes, 7,200 yards, par 72, rating 71.6; public play.
The small Hill Country town is at the north end of Lake LBJ on F.M. 1431.
Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery -
Thousands of fish bred in scientific facility's ponds. Lakes from across the
country are stocked from here. Of interest regarding aquaculture, but limited
sightseeing; no aquarium exhibits. Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (till noon
on weekends). Take F.M. 2342 northeast 4.4 miles to the intersection with Park Road
4; take Park Road 4 north approximately 1.5 miles; watch for signs.
For information, call 830/ 793-2474.
Lake L.B.J.'s Lady -
Thirty-four foot excursion boat offers Hill country sight seeing on Lake L.B.J., the
Llano and Colorado rivers. A narrated tour of two hours duration points out Lyndon
Johnson's former lake house, Packsaddle and Backbone Mountains, wildlife including green
and blue herons, cormorants, kingfishers, and white-tailed deer; views of marinas and
luxury resorts like Horseshoe Bay. Cruises are Monday - Saturday, 9a.m. & 1
p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. only.
Also, sunset and dinner cruises to lakeside restaurant. Take F.M. 1431 at Colorado
River bridge; fare. Telephone: 915/ 388-6339.
Packsaddle Mountain -
An area landmark that is of interest both to historians and geologists. Much of
the long, low mountain is 600 million year old sandstone in horizontal layers, which rests
on even more ancient Packsaddle schist, exposed in Honey Creek at the foot of the mountain
off Texas 71. Intriguing traces of gold, silver and other minerals have been
reported in sands of the creek. Packsaddle Mountain was also the site of a
fierce battle with Apache Indians on August 5, 1873.