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Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park & Lake Austin TX- Fishing Spots & Boating Reviews

Updated on April 21, 2017
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Brigitte Thompson has been a realtor in Austin, TX, since 2007. She enjoys cooking and writing blogs about Texas.

Fishing at Lake Walter E. Long (a.k.a Decker Lake)

If you enjoy fishing this lake is the place to go.

  • 3 lane concrete boat ramp
  • Bank fishing areas
  • Picnic tables located close to the shore line


Hybrid striped bass are stocked annually and fish larger than 5 pounds can be caught and enjoyed at Lake Walter E Long.

8-10 lb Largemouth bass are also caught, and is primarily known for producing slot sized 14-21 inch bass.

Channel cat and flathead catfish are low in population.

You can catch Bluegill and Redbreast Sunfish that can range to more than 8 inches.

Additional information about fishing in/at Lake Walter E. Long can be found on the TPWD website.

There is a bait shop located near the park entrance known as the Hog-Eye Bait Shop (512-926-3522) You can stop in and ask about the fishing and purchase bait, tackle, and ice.



Lake Walter E. Long Boating and Recreational Activities

You and your family can enjoy boating, jet skis, kayaking, swimming, on this 1,200 acre lake. For your pleasure there is a boat ramp and docks located at the end of the entrance road. The boat docks allow for safe boarding of your vessel -see photos.

The park features sand volleyball courts, picnic areas, tables, pavilions and grills. There is plenty of room to run, hike, bike, fly kites and more.


My Review of Lake Walter E Long:

I found this park and lake to be charming it was nice and quite --not too many people on the weekdays, so if your looking to get away from the crowds this is a good place to take your family. The boat traffic seemed to be reasonable.

However, I have heard that if there is an event going on.. it can be very crowded. Some people have been turned away at the gate. So far, I have not found any event postings on any websites related to Lake Walter E. Long. I know they have had triathlon events at this park in the past.

The park was clean, mowed and well maintained. The picnic tables were well maintained and there was plenty of trash cans around to dispose of your picnic items. I did not like the portable restrooms strung though out the park, and the road could use some repairs.

I grew up on Lake Belton and have my boat stored there. So I am familiar with having a great boat ramp to launch your boat. This boat ramp is topnotch. I even like the boat docks that are available for loading and unloading passengers and gear safely.

This lake is located about 10 miles (about 26 minutes) from Down Town Austin TX and seems like it is one of Austin's best kept secrets. If you have been to Town Lake you know what I mean - the crowds are getting larger and larger and renting a paddle board or kayak can be a challenge.

I took several photos of this lake and the park facilities - hope this helps with showing what the Walter E. Long Lake and Park has to offer.

I am a licensed Texas Realtor and when I am showing homes I try to take the time to discover the parks around me. I hope you found this blog useful and informative. Please feel free to leave a comment below.



Photos of Lake Walter E Long

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Entrance Sign Lake Walter E LongBoat Ram Lake Walter E LongFishing Lake Walter E LongBank fishing at Walter E Long LakePark and picnic at Lake Walter E LongLake Walter E LongBoat Docks at Walter E Long Lake
Entrance Sign Lake Walter E Long
Entrance Sign Lake Walter E Long
Boat Ram Lake Walter E Long
Boat Ram Lake Walter E Long
Fishing Lake Walter E Long
Fishing Lake Walter E Long
Bank fishing at Walter E Long Lake
Bank fishing at Walter E Long Lake
Park and picnic at Lake Walter E Long
Park and picnic at Lake Walter E Long
Lake Walter E Long
Lake Walter E Long
Boat Docks at Walter E Long Lake
Boat Docks at Walter E Long Lake

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Location - Entrance fees - Hours

Lake Walter E. Long located in Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park

6614 Blue Bluff Road

Austin, TX 78724

Phone: 512-974-6700

Entrance Fees: Per Car Load

$5.00 on weekdays

$10.00 on Friday-Saturday-Sunday and Holidays

***No cash is accepted - must pay with debit/credit card or coins only*****

The park is day use only no camping allowed.

Pets must be on a leash. Please clean up after your pet.

Park Hours:

7:00 A.M to 10:00 P.M


Fun Facts:

Location: Travis County, just east of the City of Austin; also known as Decker Lake
Surface area: 1,269 acres
Maximum depth: 60 feet
Impounded: 1967

The shoreline is owned by the City of Austin - there are no homes or private boat docks located around the lake.

Normal water level: 555 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Nearly constant level
Normal Clarity: Clear to slightly stained

This lake is a power plant cooling reservoir and provided water to turbines used in the production of electricity from petroleum based fuels.






© 2017 Brigitte Thompson

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