Hill Country Sunset

The Lakes and Hills of the Highland Lakes, in the heart of the Central Texas Hill Country, is the ideal destination for a day, a weekend, or a lifetime.  Adventure, recreation, fun in the sun and hill country hospitality await you in every Highland Lakes community.   We invite you to come enjoy Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, the Colorado River, the Llano River, hundreds of things to do, places to shop, eat and sleep.   With over 1,800 square miles of lakes and hills, the Highland Lakes region is one of the largest playgrounds in Texas.




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"The Slab" on the Llano River - A popular swimming area.

The Llano River is one of Texas' few remaining wild rivers.  Spring-fed, the spectacular Llano flows eastward from West Texas through rural and ranch country before it empties into Lake LBJ on the Colorado River.  The terrain is rocky (some of the rock outcroppings are more than one billion years old--the oldest exposed rock on the North American continent), mesquite and cactus-covered hill country.  More than 100 miles from a major city the sparkling water and clean, dry air make for an incredible angling experience with an unexpected bonus of startling nighttime stargazing.


Castell Cottage
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Castell, Texas

(325) 248-4270
(325) 247-3288


Castell Cottage, Castell, Texas

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The Llano River rolls over solid rock (granite and limestone) with occasional sand and gravel bars.   Its forgiving river bottom combined with clear water makes for reasonably easy wading.  Wet wading is comfortable from about April until the first freeze in October or November, then you'll need to strap on the waders.  The Llano is a perfect river for fishing from a canoe--and a kayak is even better.  Occasional rapids make paddling interesting and there is enough quiet, deep water to hold the plentiful perch and bass.

Llano River View

Catfish The crystal-clear waters of the Llano River are home to graceful (read trout-like) native Guadalupe bass that share the river with spotted bass, largemouth bass, catfish, sunfish, gar, carp, and dozens of other species
Large Mouth Bass Although fish can be caught all year long -- certainly there are many sunny, glorious days in the dead of winter -- the fish are more active in warmer water (March through November).    However, we catch the biggest largemouth bass in early Spring while the water is still chilly.
Crappie Fishing is allowed all year long.  I recommend and practice catch and release, but if you intend to keep your fish there is a limit of 5 bass per day (in any combination of largemouth, spotted or Guadalupe bass) with a minimum length of 14" for largemouth and 12" for Guadalupe and spotted bass.  There is no limit on panfish.    Don't forget your license!

Visit the Llano River Website for more information



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