Emma Long Park
Emma Long Metropolitan Park is over 1000 acres and borders Lake Austin making the park accessible by road or boat. The park is hugely popular with family day trips and on major holidays such as Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day weekends make it almost impossible to visit as park employees will turn away visitors hours before noon. The park is equipped with 68 barbecue pits, 151 picnic tables, 66 campsites, 3 sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, and a fishing pier. Restrooms are available behind the concession stand near the waterfront. Many of the campsites along the water are shaded by towering larch, pecan, and cottonwood trees.
Did You Know?
For years, the park on Lake Austin was named City Park. Then, on June 28, 1984, Mayor Carol Keeton Rylander, proposed to the City Council that the park be renamed for Emma Long. Emma Long was first elected to the Austin City Council in 1948. During her tenure, she reactivated the Parks Board and became a long time supporter.
Public Boat Ramp
Emma Long Park offers two boat launch ramps and a sizable pier to tie up to. The best park about the boat ramp at this location is the abundant parking for vehicle and boat trailers. From this location, you can boat up river to a neighboring park named Commons Ford Park or go down river to a local favorite restaurant named Ski Shores.
Hours of Operation
Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m
Location: 1600 City Park Road, Austin, TX 78730
Admission and Camping Fees: Entrance fee: $5 Monday through Thursday, $10 Friday through Sunday and holidays; primitive camping: $10 per night; waterfront campsite with water and electricity: $25 per night