The lodge includes 64 guest rooms, in a choice of either one or two queen-size beds, with available views of the lake or the courtyard. Each lodge room has a large window seat complete with a futon mattress for extra guests. The attractive rustic design of the buildings include porches complete with rocking chairs, board siding and metal roofs.
The cottage buildings house four separate rooms, with a dogtrot breezeway in the middle and porches on the sides. Our room gave us an expansive view of Lake Buchanan from our porch. Each cottage room includes two queen-size beds, with mini-refrigerator, microwave, and rustic table and chairs.
From the lodge restaurant you can enjoy tasty gourmet meals as you view spectacular views of Lake Buchanan below. The selections are impressive, especially for the remote location, with choices also for the kids. As shown, the pork tenderloin and salmon with a citrus chutney sauce are two that we enjoyed, with many other selections available to please your palate. The park also includes a conference center for business and entertainment functions and environmental learning center. Entertainment and activities are scheduled throughout the year in the park, including music, talks at the amphitheatre, or stargazing from the observation tower.
A complimentary continental breakfast is served from Monday - Friday in the lodge restaurant. Our breakfast included a selection of pastries, english muffins, toast, cereals, cereal bars, yogurt, raisins, juices, and jelly.
Birders will enjoy possibly catching a glimpse of the golden-cheeked warbler, black-capped vireo, the American bald eagle, and others while hiking the 14 miles of trails that wind through the park. We didn't see any eagles, but did see numerous wildlife. The best times to catch a glimpse of eagles are from December to March. Armadillos can be seen throughout the park, and you will usually hear them before you see them as they go about their business of rummaging among the leaves and dirt searching for insects. Their distinct shells are made of bone, and their tails have rings of bone for protection as well. If they are surprised, they can jump several feet in the air.
We took the Bird and Butterfly Trail, which connects to the Rocky Point Trail. The Rocky Point Trail meanders around, with a gradual 300 foot descent when nearer to the lake. Certain trails are closed during the year for endangered species such as the bald eagle and vireo when nesting.
The beach area includes a general store, grill, boat and canoe rentals, and volleyball net (an armadillo had no interest in playing a game with me).
The RV park includes 25 sites, some with scenic views of Lake Buchanan. All sites include electric, sewer, and water hookups. Primitive and improved (with potable water) tent sites are also available. Reservations can be made using the Texas Parks and Recreation Service (512-389-8900) or the Canyon of the Eagles. You can park your RV for $20 a day or tent camp from $10 a day (plus a $5 per person day use fee).
The best part of our trip to the park was to go kayaking with Lake Buchanan Adventures, which is the exclusive outfitter service in the park. We met Scott Tiller, our guide, and Jan Clark, who outfitted us with all the essentials, including life preservers, paddles, and lunch. Scott, a native local Texan, has a solid background in geology and taught us alot about the varied landscape and wildlife that surround the lake.
We rode in a two-person kayak. Kayaks are quite stable on the water, with little chance for turning over. Solo kayaks, canoes, and sailboat rentals are also available, as well as a boat-shuttle service if wanting to quickly get across the lake.
We paddled along the shoreline, seeing pelicans, great blue herons, terns, cormorants, a kingfisherand, and even an armadillo on one of our stops to stretch our legs. Paddling past an island, Scott noted that it is usually almost submerged, and is now a peninsula due to the water levels being much lower than normal.
Being shallower and wider, you won't find ski boats here, and it was almost like we had the lake to ourselves, seeing only an occasional fishing boat in the distance.
We would like to thank Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park and also Lake Buchanan Adventures for assisting with our feature.
Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park
16942 Ranch Road 2341
Burnet, TX 78611
Lake Buchanan Adventures 512-756-9911