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Shaffer Bend Recreation Area

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Location

Shaffer Bend Recreation Area is located in Texas

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Address

706 County Rd. 343A
Marble Falls, TX 78654

Coordinates

30.54665948 N
98.17405497 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Equestrian

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Pull-Through Sites

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6 Reviews

Steve L.
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2022

Awesome beach day

We set up at site 15 it has an awesome view of the river/lake and it’s walking distance down to the waters edge. Great spot to fish for some bass or take a dip in the water. Looks like you can also have a fire out in the sand as we found some charred wood out there, there is ample spacing at the site with a fire ring, and a table provided and plenty of shade. The trees are great to set up a Hamic, which we did, which gave you an awesome view of the water and the sunrise in the mornings. They have good trails not too difficult, the only negative items I can mention are the various amounts of stickers everywhere we got plenty on our ankles and our hands other than that there was an issue with loud music from a venue outside of the park that would echo through the valley not much could be done about their music, but the on-site personnel contacted the local authorities to have a talk with them and the music wasn’t a problem after the first night. I’m definitely coming back here in the summer since the water is so close and so cool. Do we great to cool down on those hot days. 

Site15
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Steve L., October 12, 2022
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Steve L., October 12, 2022
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Steve L., October 12, 2022
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Reviewed Oct. 10, 2022

Great beach day

Great stay. The site we had was walking distance to the sandy beach of lake Travis. Great fishing and the sand carrier up so it’s a soft bedding for the evening. Lots of tree cover to help combat the sun. There is a table, a fire ring, and a grill at each site. Walking trails are nice for a stroll not too difficult and not much elevation change. Only negative is the amount of stickers everywhere. Got one right between the toes and a venue near the park plays music if there is an event. The echo of the rock face by the lake didn’t help it. That’s not the parks fault though.

Site15
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Steve L., October 10, 2022
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Steve L., October 10, 2022
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Steve L., October 10, 2022
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Reviewed Apr. 20, 2022

Small RV and tent-dry camping

Relaxing and clean. Very windy, so no bugs! Dogs love running along water’s edge and jumping in. Horses ok too from the looks of it. Sites 1-13 closer together and more in site if each other but still ok. Great hiking and walking. Small RV plus tent for us.

Site17
Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by robin , April 20, 2022
C
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2021

Wildflowers Ji

This is a great little place on Lake Travis. Going in the spring time is the best because of all the wildflowers. Trails are easy. Campsites are clean with a fire pit and a grill. There is easy access to the lake to go swim or paddle. Be mindful that Lake Travis is not a constant level lake and this is a narrow and shallow part of the lake. There is a chance of low water levels. Also it’s Texas and there is wildlife. We saw about a 5 ft rattlesnake. Overall a great place!

  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Candice C., March 29, 2021
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Candice C., March 29, 2021
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Candice C., March 29, 2021
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Kyle G.
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2018

hot

the campsite is good for equestrians. if you're a kayaker you can put in here and travel down and take out elsewhere. the lower Colorado River Authority has plenty of places along the Colorado to facilitate this. we stayed here for 4 days before Memorial Day weekend and it was hot. there are no showers or bath houses. there are Porta-Johns located throughout the campground. Texas in summer can be unforgiving. Lake Travis is home to boaters and Jet skiers. there are fish if you're into that.

  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Kyle G., June 6, 2018
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Kyle G., June 6, 2018
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Kyle G., June 6, 2018
Erik F.
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2016

Weekend Trip

Shaffer Bend Rec. Area has a beautiful setting in the Texas Hill Country right off of Lake Travis. At the gate entrance you have wonderful landscape views. All of the camp sites are situated next to or a short walk to the water.

The camps are clean. Most are equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. In the large camp area, some have BBQ pits with a couple big communal grill/smoker. The same area has a horse pen as well if you're an equestrian enthusiast on top of a camper. It is a primitive campground. The large camp area has a couple port-a-poties. At the gate entrance there are men's and women's rooms with running water. That's about 3 miles from the camp sites. So, be prepared to dig holes, bring your own portable toilets, or hold it.

Considering you're on the lake, the water access is surprisingly limited. There are a few areas along the water you can walk in, but there's not a dock or boat access. I recommend sandals or water shoes since there's a fair amount of plant life along the shore. The same areas you can walk in would be good for kayaks though. The camp sites are situated along a narrow section of the lake. So, there would be plenty to explore.

  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Erik F., October 10, 2016
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Erik F., October 10, 2016
  • Review photo of Shaffer Bend Recreation Area by Erik F., October 10, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are fires allowed at Shaffer Bend Recreation Area?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Shaffer Bend Recreation Area, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Shaffer Bend Recreation Area have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Shaffer Bend Recreation Area does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Shaffer Bend Recreation Area?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is unknown.