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LAKE MARBLE FALLS
Marble Falls


Excerpts From
Splash Across Texas
THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO
SWIMMING IN CENTRAL TEXAS



by Chandra Moira Beal


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Lake Marble Falls is the smallest of the Highland Lakes at 780 acres. It winds its way along six miles of steep limestone cliffs and hills in the City of Marble Falls. It is named for a series of waterfalls that have since been inundated by the lake waters. The marble part of the name comes from a great granite dome used for quarrying in the area. The view from the dome, off of U.S. 281, gives a great overview of Lake Marble Falls. It is popular for boating, sailing, water-skiing and swimming. Boat ramps give access to the water, which is otherwise surrounded by steep cliffs and not easily accessible. However, just below Max Starcke Dam there are wide, flat rocks and a decent swimming hole. Max Starcke was once the Mayor of Seguin, and was an expert on water law.

Falls Creek Park, Johnson Park and Lakeside Park are municipal parks located adjacent to each other on either side of an inlet of Lake Marble Falls. A public boat ramp can be found where the lake travels under a bridge at U.S. 281.
Lake Marble Falls
Lake Marble Falls
Photo courtesy Chandra Moira Beal
Lakeside Park has grassy slopes leading down to the lake. There is a man-made swimming pool in the park shaped like a cross. The pool has a diving board, and the bathhouse has rest rooms and showers. There is minimal shade except for three covered spectator benches. Lakeside Park also has tennis courts.

Falls Creek Park is a very simple park with concrete picnic tables and minimal landscaping. Here you can swim in the creek, a small tributary of the lake, next to the boat ramp.

Johnson Park has two playgrounds, one older and one modern. A covered amphitheater looks out over the lake for a spectacular view and a delightful setting for entertainment. There are picnic areas, plenty of parking and volleyball courts. Swimming is permitted near the boat ramp, and the waters are particularly serene and calm here. Ducks tend to gather here on the grassy banks, or seek shade under oak trees.


Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce
801 U.S. 281
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
(800) 759-8178



July 2001
Excerpted from Splash Across Texas, 1999
Copyright Chandra Moira Beal and La Luna Publishing


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