Looking for a refreshing break?
One of the best ways to relax around Georgetown is to spend some quality time on the water. Watery surroundings can have a calming effect on the soul and there are many spots to choose from – namely Lake Buchanan, Georgetown Lake, and Blue Hole.
This awesome place makes for a wonderful day trip from Stone Oak Ranch. Just 39 miles west of the resort, Lake Buchanan is the largest (and the 1st!) of the Hill Country Highland Lakes, created back in 1939. With over 22,000 acres of glorious outdoor fun, the lake is named after James P. Buchanan, who secured the funding to build this massive reservoir that has become a true outdoorsman’s paradise.
The fishing here is superb, with largemouth bass, Guadalupe bass, striped bass, white bass, and catfish. White bass runs happen primarily in the spring, but fall is also a good time to fish.
Cedar Point Recreation Area is a large park along the lake’s north shore, offering a quiet picnic area, some camping spots, and incredible views of the water. There’s also a boat ramp launch, so bring your boat, or rent one nearby. Black Rock Park offers swimming, bank fishing, and kayaking. There are also picnic areas and a nice group facility for larger gatherings.
There are several swimming spots all around the lake – nothing beats a cool dip in the clear waters of Lake Buchanan. For a relaxing sojourn on the water, bring or rent a canoe or kayak. Jet skiing is also popular, with rentals available nearby. Zip around the lake at exhilarating speeds if you desire something a bit more heart-pumping. And the hiking! With miles of trails, you can explore the gorgeous scenery and varied terrain of Texas Hill Country.
An unusually scenic serpentine lake is located just 14 miles east of Stone Oak Ranch and just west of Georgetown. Several areas of the lake are bordered by shrub-covered, white limestone cliffs and is surrounded by low-lying prairie lands, giving it a very remote feel. You’d hardly think this gorgeous lake is actually a reservoir formed as a result of the US Army Corps of Engineers damming the north fork of the San Gabriel River back in the 1970s.
While the lake provides water to the nearby communities, it is also a haven for relaxation. It is 1,300 acres of recreational fun. The tranquil waters are perfect for boating fans, with all sorts of watercraft seen out on the water at all times of the year. Sailboats, motorboats, jet skis, stand-up paddleboards, canoes and kayaks are great ways to spend time on the water.
Around the shores and running through the surrounding park lands, you’ll find miles of trails for hiking and biking. There’s also a pebble swim beach located on the mid-north shore for those wishing to take a refreshing dip. Anglers will be pleased to know that Georgetown Lake is the best place for bass fishing.
Blue Hole Lagoon
This scenic spot bordered by tree-covered limestone bluffs located on the south fork of the San Gabriel River is a popular swimming hole. Just a few blocks from downtown and located near West Second and Rock Streets, the park’s location is so convenient and offers wading areas for a refreshing break. Bring your picnic lunch – there are a few picnic spots with restrooms, all in a peaceful setting.