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Pedernales River Nature Park to open for limited use Memorial Day weekend
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 • Posted May 19, 2009

LCRA Press Release - Pedernales River Nature Park in Blanco County, LCRA’s newest park, will open for limited use beginning May 23 between the hours of dawn until dusk. The park is located on U.S. Highway 281 at the northern edge of Johnson City.

“Thanks to community assistance from Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the City of Johnson City, and Blanco County, LCRA is ready to welcome park visitors,” said David Whatley, LCRA’s manager of Parks Operations. “Site cleanup of the property included clearing utility rights of way and removing old electric poles with obsolete equipment, mowing large acreage, and tree trimming to create more of a park setting.”

Typical LCRA access and facility use fees will be temporarily waived until the park is developed. During the expected 24-month planning, designing, and development phases, the park will offer limited day use options like fishing and picnicking. As with other LCRA nature parks, admission fees will be charged and rental fees collected for facility use once the new recreational facilities are constructed and available to the public.

LCRA closed on the sale of the 222-acre tract of riverfront land, known locally as the Rainbow Ranch Trout Farm, on Nov. 7, 2008. The property is centrally located, easily accessible to all citizens in Blanco County, and will feature picnic tables and portable toilets during its interim opening.

LCRA staff anticipates that master planning for the property could begin as early as fall 2009. At that time, citizens will have the opportunity to give input on the types of outdoor recreation facilities and activities they would like to see added to the park in their county.

LCRA owns 42 parks along the Colorado River Trail, which runs 600 river miles from the Texas Hill Country to Matagorda Bay. More than 1 million people have access to the Colorado River and Highland Lakes annually through LCRA’s parks and recreation areas.

For more information about Pedernales River Nature Park, visit or send an e-mail to

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