| 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.
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
Photo courtesy Chandra Moira Beal
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
Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce
801 U.S. 281
Falls, Texas 78654
Excerpted from Splash
Across Texas, 1999
Chandra Moira Beal and La Luna Publishing
Country Swimming Holes