Sandy Creek is a local water authority campground located on lake Travis just outside of Austin, Texas. The site has about 10 or so sites best suited for tent or small camper vans. During our visit, the camp was empty on a holiday weekend. They have a nice boat ramp and boat trailer parking lot as well as swimming facilities on the lakeshore. The camp sites are located along the tree line with some limited views of the lake. They have restrooms and each site has a picnic table and a fire pit. Given the proximity to Austin and the lake we gave this a 3 out of 5. I suspect when the weather cools this would be a popular option for visitors and locals.
This campground is better than a 3, and probably deserves a 3.5. It is better than average with just a few shortcomings.
The park is managed by the Travis County Park System. As of 2018 the admission fee is $10/car for day use (so carpool to save money), $5 with a trailer, $3 for pedestrians and bicyclist and free for seniors 62+. Overnight camping is $15
It is a nice scenic winding drive to the park along Lime Creek Road. At the entrance there is a little booth where you can pay your admission fee. I believe that the booth is only open from sunrise to sunset.
Most of the campsites are located along the main road that goes both right and left from the entryway. Go right if you want more isolation. Go left if you want closer access to the water and don't mind the crowds. The campsites are available on a first come first served basis. A typical campsite has tree coverage, parking for 1 or 2 cars, clearing for 1 or 2 tents, a picnic table and bbq grill. There are water fountains with potable water spread throughout the park. There are basic restrooms with flush toilets, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. There are a few porta potties in some areas. There is typically a burn ban in effect at the park, so no ground fires. You may use charcoal in the provided grills.
The main attraction of this park is access to Lake Travis. There is a boat ramp for trailered boats and some rocky outcroppings from where you can launch a kayak or canoe. There is a area along a rocky outcropping which has floating barriers that is available for swimming and fishing. The shelf drops off rather steeply so be aware. Bring a floatation device for a more relaxing time. Children should be closely monitored because this is a lake and the water is deep.
One of the shortcomings of this park is that there is boat traffic that passes by. The wake definitely approaches the shore, but the noise from engines and sometimes music often disrupts the peace. If you are looking for a more tranquil outdoor experience you might consider Pace Bend Park. Another downside is that this park gets quite a bit of day use, so sometimes park guests are a little more interested in having a party than having peace and quite in nature.