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Inks Lake State Park - Tour Texas!

As of 12/26 there are 34 campsites available for reservation.

Monthly car-camping adventure touring Texas' State Parks. Bring kids, dogs, and everything that will fit in the car. 

Inks Lake State Park is 180 miles southwest of Fort Worth near Marble Falls.  This park is very popular during the summer due to constant lake levels and proximity to Austin Metro area.  The lake area is very scenic with granite bluffs jutting from the shoreline.  There is hiking and fishing at the park.

For a daytrip, those interested can visit Longhorn Caverns State Park.  It is 6.5 miles from Inks Lake and offers a guided tour into a huge sandstone cave system. 

Colorado Bend State Park (1.5 hour drive) offers spelunking, hiking, and spectacular waterfall views.

We will be staying in the west tent camping area. These sites are numbered in the 300's.  These are primitive sites, with no water or electricity at the sites themselves. A water spigot is located in the vicinity of the campsites, and toilets are a short walk away.

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It's car camping, so bring your luxury items. Big tent, big bag, and lots of good food. Campfire games and adult beverages are always welcome. Just remember to put your beverage in an alternate container. State parks have a strict 'no public consumption of alcohol' policy.

Everyone is responsible for securing their own campsite.  You can reserve a campsite on Texas Parks and Wildlife's website, however, they will not allow you to reserve a particular primitive site. You'll be asked your preference of site when you check in at the park. Consider sharing a ride and a camping site with another NTO-er.

The first person to check in should post their site number on this meetup page under the comments after checking in, that way we can all get sites near one another.

Firewood gathering is prohibited in all Texas State Parks. Please bring firewood so we may continue our tradition of awesome NTO campfires.

The itinerary for these Tour Texas! adventures is standard:

Friday:
3:00 - 7:00 Early Bird check-in and camp set up
7:00 - 9:00 Dinnertime
9:00 - ? Campfire Fun

Saturday:
7:00 - 9:00 Camp Breakfast
9:00 - 5:00 Latecomer Camp Setup & Park Exploration
5:00 - 7:00 Dinnertime
7:00 - ? Campfire Fun

Sunday:
7:00 - 9:00 Camp Breakfast
9:00 -10:00 Break Camp
10:00 - Conclusion of Meetup, you can explore, hangout, or head home.

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Here is the link to the park page:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/inks-lake

Here is the link to the park map:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4507_015k.pdf

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  • A former member
    A former member

    i just noticed that i had packed someone's blue plate. Its blue with white dots. My aploligies. I will bring it to the next trip.

    February 10, 2014

    • Amber J.

      Pretty sure that's ours, Rahel. They are easy and inexpensive to replace so don't sweat it. But I hope to see you again soon anyway!

      February 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Amber! I m definitely coming to another one so I will bring it with me. Hope to see you soon.

      February 24, 2014

  • Bob S.

    I had a great time and as always, Look forward to the next meet up. Hope to see everyone again soon and be safe.

    February 10, 2014

  • Amber J.

    Absolutely fantastic weekend. Cannot say enough good things about it!

    February 9, 2014

  • Karen

    I'm sorry to have to cancel, but I've had a family matter spring up and will not be able to make it down there tomorrow. David, let me know if I need to pay my share of the site, it's not a problem.

    February 7, 2014

    • David

      Sorry you had to miss it! We had a terrific weekend. See you at another meetyup down the line, Karen.

      February 9, 2014

  • David

    Excellent weather, excellent challenging trails and caverns, excellent friends focused on learning and doing the whole outdoor experience. Great park. NO downsides, it was all good. Great job Della and +1.

    February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was such a great weekend. Very nice meeting all of you!

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • Laura

    Another great weekend of camping, hiking, eating, etc. Thanks to Della for putting this event together. Looking forward to the next one!!

    1 · February 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was such a great weekend. Very nice meeting each of you.

      February 9, 2014

  • Craig

    Awesome like usual

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Jason

    Great weekend!
    I'm really glad daughter had some friends to play with and wasn't bored.
    It was good seeing everyone again, and the new faces.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Della M.

    Great weekend, wonderful weather, fantastic friends. Look forward to seeing y'all again real soon.

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fab weekend, thank you all :)

    3 · February 9, 2014

  • Kib R.

    Yet another great event and weekend. Thanks Della for getting all these going.

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • Kib R.

    Passed through a small town and pointed out the radio station studio to my 7yo son and he asked "what's a radio station?" Hmmm

    February 7, 2014

  • Craig

    First one here. In site 341.

    February 7, 2014

    • Craig

      Plenty of trees Kib.

      1 · February 7, 2014

    • Craig

      I'm at[masked]-2236. Reception here not so good.

      February 7, 2014

  • Laura

    From Waco south on 35 it's misty and damp. That may be a problem as the temps drop. Y'all be careful if you're headed that way.

    February 7, 2014

  • Laura

    Dallas North Tollway thru downtown is a little wet but not icy. 35 to West is dry. Yes I stopped in West and picked up some goodies! First come first served.

    February 7, 2014

    • Raymond

      Yummy you need to save me and rj one :)

      February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be leaving around four from downtown dallas. I m excited but I m a little nervous about getting there after dark. Is our site too far from the entrance?

    February 7, 2014

    • Bob S.

      Just Call one of us and we can come let you in or get you. My number if you need it is[masked]-0827. Good Luck.

      February 7, 2014

  • Bob S.

    Decided at last minute to go...Hope Ya'll don't mind. On my way and willing to share a cite id anyone needs one.

    February 7, 2014

  • David

    I'll be heading down soon, from downtown Fort Worth.

    Cell [masked]

    February 7, 2014

  • Jane

    Leaving frim Saginaw in about an hour hope my GPS takes me a nice route

    February 7, 2014

  • Jane

    Ok just got to put this out there I going to head out today & im very anxious about the drive

    February 7, 2014

  • David

    Getting my stuff packed, but there's a business trip trying to happen, so 50/50 chance it'll make, and I have to flake out. Starting off Friday ready to camp and see how it goes.

    February 6, 2014

    • David

      Pot luck: planning peach cobbler Saturday, bring spoon.

      February 6, 2014

  • cara g.

    I am still crying about having to cancel this trip but just to sick to go I was really looking forward to going . Kib just send me your address and what I owe you for the campsite and I will send you a check sorry to have to cancel but no other choice. Hope you'all have a great wkend take lots of pictures so I can see what I missed, and hope there will be another trip there sometime.

    February 5, 2014

    • David

      Get well quick, Cara!

      February 6, 2014

    • Jane

      Hope you feel better real soon

      February 6, 2014

  • Jane

    @Jason... The weather is calling for a chance of freezing rain south of us in morning so I will decide if I will head out tomorrow. (my fear of driving will decide, i should say) If not I will be there for sure Sat morning. Hope the share is still open.

    February 6, 2014

    • Jason

      That's fine. I plan to head out at noon.

      February 6, 2014

    • Jane

      Cool , thanks.

      February 6, 2014

  • Jane

    Can anyone recommend a good route to the park from N Ft Worth? Im looking at google maps and its giving me several ways to go. The easier the better for me. Thanks

    February 6, 2014

    • Craig

      I was considering the same route as Raymond. But the weather conditions in the area south of Waco and near Inks shows 20% sleet tonight and freezing rain and sleet in the morning and afternoon. I'm sticking to 35 to Georgetown then 29 to Inks. I'm leaving in the morning regardless of conditions. Perhaps I should take the additional insurance on the rental.

      February 6, 2014

    • Jane

      Thanks guys. I'm not good driving in weather so I will probably wait till sat morning early. Too much going on weather wise. 35 will b my route of choice, does look easier. See ya sat. Have a safe drive down

      February 6, 2014

  • Karen

    Tomorrow's forecast is a bit too cold for me, and I'm not able to do some of the things I needed to do today to get ready to head down Friday, so I will be coming on Saturday. I plan to be there by midday.

    February 6, 2014

  • Craig

    I guess we should post what site we grab when we check in right? There are 49 sites in the 300's at Inks. I'm leaving Friday morning sometime.

    February 5, 2014

    • Raymond

      If they cancel school tomorrow in Northwest ISD we are leaving around 12 to get there early enough to set up camp in the light hopefully it is not raining.

      February 6, 2014

  • Win M.

    @Della: What time do you expect to get there on Friday? I plan on leaving early...say around noon. If I get there before you, I'll find a site and register. I generally try to get near the bathrooms. Is that ok with you?

    February 5, 2014

    • Della M.

      I'm leaving around 1:00 pm on Friday. Yeah, a site near the bathroom is fine with me, I hope we will all be grouped together.

      February 6, 2014

  • Amber J.

    Yes...site preferences? We plan to leave around lunch time Friday. If no one beats us, there are a lot of sites in "west loop." We can just wing it when we get there, but if someone has suggestions post them here so early arrivals know where to start congregating.

    February 6, 2014

    • Della M.

      Tell the park ranger to give you a site that has many other unoccupied sites next to it so we can all be together.

      February 6, 2014

  • Amber J.

    It's too far out to trust the weather report, but it don't look good so far. My kids have informed me that we will camp no matter how cold, and "be men about it." Thank God for obstinate children and wool blankets.

    2 · January 29, 2014

    • Della M.

      LOL, obstinate children. Yeah, the forecast is calling for crummy weather, but I'm waiting until Wednesday to really believe the weatherman.

      February 3, 2014

    • Della M.

      Hope springs eternal! High of 68 on Saturday! If you can live through Friday night (low 32) then you're promised a great weekend.

      February 5, 2014

  • Della M.

    Campsite Roll Call! Please post if you have reserved a site, how many nights you're staying, and if you're sharing a site and with whom.

    Della M. - Site Reserved - 2 nights (Fri & Sat) - Sharing with Win

    January 14, 2014

    • Craig

      Nicole can no longer make the camp out. I now have a spot at my site available to share.

      February 3, 2014

    • Kib R.

      Since Cara can't make it, I also have a spot to share.

      February 5, 2014

  • Karen

    This is the first one of these I've been able to go on, so a question about food ... do we coordinate food, or just bring our own, or bring to share? I suspect I'm both overthinking AND underpreparing food-wise. lol

    February 5, 2014

    • Kib R.

      Typically it is a bring your own kinda thing, unless a potluck is posted or discussed, then bring to share. As for coordinating, if you want to do that you can, especially with whomever you are sharing a site with. It often comes down to personal preference and eating needs/wants.

      February 5, 2014

  • Nicole

    Hey Craig, I got your email and just to update on here, I was asked to work a 10 day assignment so I will be unable to attend & no longer sharing a site with Craig. Craig hope all your pool stuff works out soon for ya!

    February 3, 2014

  • Win M.

    @Group. Wow, this is what it is all about: http://vimeo.com/76820114

    I hope you enjoy this!

    January 30, 2014

    • Della M.

      Very impressive photography. Makes you want to get out to the really untraveled spaces and go lay under the stars and feel insignificant.

      February 3, 2014

  • Jason

    Checking directions and 281 is the main route. Does anyone know if there are stop lights on that road? Im wanting to avoid stop and go fuel consumption. Thanks.

    January 31, 2014

    • Della M.

      Yes there plenty of little towns you have to go through. But it will be less stop and go traffic than I-35 for sure.

      February 3, 2014

  • David

    Ride share: I'll be departing downtown Fort Worth any time after noon on Friday, in case any one would like to ride along.

    February 3, 2014

    • Kristie

      If my ride partner backs out, I'll ride with you

      February 3, 2014

  • Kristie

    Im sure I arranged to share a site here with some one a while ago, but I cant find the conversation anywhere. Does anyone happen to have any space left over for me and a hammock on this trip?

    January 29, 2014

    • Kristie

      Jenny and I will be in cliffs spot, but if there are trees, I'll be hanging so there would be room for another if you want to join us!

      January 31, 2014

    • Laura

      Works for me. Thanks!

      January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello! I'm v new to the group so it would be great to share a ride / site with others if available? Also - I've just moved to the states for 6 months (from England!) so will be looking to buy a lot of new kit. If anyone has any that they are looking to pass on or could maybe loan please let me know!! Looking forward to meeting you all :) Jenny.

    January 29, 2014

    • Kristie

      Jenny, I sent you an email- I have gear and room to share

      January 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Kristie - thank you!! Just replied to your message (I hope at the right address!)

      January 29, 2014

  • David

    Spelunking and caving sounds like it would be really interesting, anyone planning or wanting to do that?

    1 · November 25, 2013

    • Della M.

      Created a separate meetup for the cave tour event. http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · January 28, 2014

    • Craig

      Thanks Della!

      January 28, 2014

  • Nicole

    Thanks Rahel :) but I'm sharing a site with Craig

    January 26, 2014

  • Nicole

    Ok, thanks Craig & Clif, I'll share with Craig in order to stay in line with the postings. It will feel so great to camp :) if anyone wants to car pool let me know what you think, otherwise see you there :)

    January 20, 2014

    • Craig

      If you live near Burleson you are welcome to ride with me. I'm leaving that Friday morning.

      January 20, 2014

    • Nicole

      Ok, thanks Craig that would be great, thank you. I live by Lake Worth, so it's on the way :)

      January 20, 2014

  • Nicole

    Thanks Craig, I just need space for a chair & share the fire pit :) maybe we can see how it all works out after we see the sites, I think Clif also said he's not sharing with anyone yet too.

    January 19, 2014

    • Clif E.

      Nope, mines still open for sharing:)

      January 20, 2014

    • Craig

      Nicole, a space at my site is available and you are welcome to it. I mostly don't bother with a fire though unless I need to cook or my site becomes the gathering place.

      January 20, 2014

  • Jane

    Hi all, just want to see if I can share a spot with someone. Jason had mentioned a few people have room to spare. I have a small tent so won't take up much space. Thanks

    January 18, 2014

    • Jane

      I just posted on Jason's feed. I hope to have an answer soon. Sorry I don't have definite answer. It will be cool if you want to set plans with Nicole. Don't want to leave her hanging. I will figure something out if doesn't work out w Jason.

      January 19, 2014

    • Jane

      I am set for Jason's site. Thank you

      January 19, 2014

  • Jane

    I have not made reservations yet. I just got the days off approved at work. I will be calling tomorrow to grab a site. Hoping one still available. Looking forward to hanging out.

    January 16, 2014

    • Jason

      Sorry for the delayed response. Had a full weekend. You're welcome at my site Jane. See you then.

      January 19, 2014

    • Jane

      Thanks Jason, much appreciated :)

      January 19, 2014

  • Jason

    Does anyone have a car DC to AC converter they'll lend to inflate an air mattress? I'm hoping to avoid buying one since it'll only be used on trips like this. Thanks

    January 17, 2014

    • Della M.

      Oy, I have three. I'll give you one.

      January 17, 2014

    • Jason

      Thatd be awesome! Thank you.

      January 19, 2014

    • Kib R.

      Have have done that WAY more than once. Wonder if that could be incorporated into the backpacking training...hmm. Lol

      1 · January 9, 2014

    • Miranda

      Haha!!! Awesome

      January 11, 2014

  • Raymond

    Site Reserved for Fri and Sat Night.....willing to share site for both nights.

    December 24, 2013

    • Brittany R.

      Do you still have room to share a sight? Me and my sister will be going

      January 9, 2014

    • Raymond

      Yes maam. Its all yours

      January 9, 2014

  • Brittany R.

    How does reserving sites work? Is it a max number of tents or max number of people... or both? Just curious if I should go ahead and reserve a site for me and my sister or if we could share with someone.

    January 5, 2014

    • Della M.

      Looks like Raymond has space available at his site. Or you can reserve your own site and split the fees with someone else.

      January 9, 2014

    • Brittany R.

      Great, thanks! I'll ask him

      January 9, 2014

  • Ellen

    Hoping to be at Lake Whitney this weekend.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • David

    Site reserved, can share

    December 26, 2013

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