This is a big ol’ lake in a sparsely populated area. Lake Buchanan isn’t the hot spot destination for partiers or retirees, and that’s its appeal. Tree-lined shores and vast open stretches of blue (sometimes brownish) water are welcome scenery for the boaters and fishermen that dot the lake’s surface.
Lake Buchanan is well known for its striper (striped bass) fishing, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department helps keep this reputation thriving by stocking the lake with the species. Fishing guides are available to take visitors to the best spots. Much like the other nearby lakes, accommodations on Lake Buchanan range from campgrounds and RV parks to rental homes and even houseboats.
Those in the area November through March should consider taking advantage of a unique opportunity to commune with nature. The Vanishing Texas River Cruise (800/728-8735, www.vtrc.com, $13–20) offers a rare chance to see one of the largest colonies of American Bald Eagles. The Texas Eagle II, a 70-foot, 200-passenger vessel, has two observation decks and covered viewing areas for catching a glimpse of the magnificent bald eagle in its natural habitat.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition