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BUESCHER STATE PARK
BUESCHER STATE PARK
100 Park Road 1E
Smithville, Texas   78602

Phone: 512-237-2241
Reservations: 512-389-8900
Buescher State Park

Buescher State Park, a scenic area, is 1016.7 acres just north of Smithville in Bastrop County. Between the years 1933 and 1936, Mr. Emil and Mrs. Elizabeth Buescher originally deeded 318 acres of land to the state. After Emil Buescher's death, his heirs donated 318 more acres. The rest of the parkland was acquired from the city of Smithville. The original park totaled 1738 acres and opened in 1940. Approximately 700 of the acres were later deeded to MD Anderson and UT Cancer Center.
Nature of the Area
The beautiful wooded setting, that includes a tranquil lake, makes an excellent area from which to observe the seasonal distribution of some 250 species of birds. Mammals include white-tailed deer, raccoons, opossums, bobcats and armadillos along with rabbits, squirrels and small rodents. Enjoy fishing for catfish, bass, crappie, perch and also rainbow trout in the winter
History of the Area
El Camino Real (King's/Royal Highway) once ran near the park, connecting San Antonio de Bexar with Spanish missions in East Texas and generally followed present-day Texas State Highway 21 and Old San Antonio Road. This park land was part of Austin's colonial grant, and the original park improvements were made by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). A scenic park road connects Buescher State Park with Bastrop State Park and travels through a part of the lovely lost pines, a remnant of what is thought to have once been an extensive pine-oak forest covering much of Central Texas, during the time Ice Age glaciers reigned to the north.
Events
June 20
From Boys to Men
Explore the lives of boys working in the Civilian Conservation Corps who grew to manhood while creating Buescher State Park over 80 yrs ago.

See several structures they built and some of the tools they used while you are learning about their struggle to survive into manhood during the Great Depression.

Starts at Lakeview Pavilion

Contact:Ethan Turner
Ethan.Turner@tpwd.texas.gov

June 20
Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing.

Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.

More information about this event.

Contact:Bill Brooks
(512) 581-0377
b.brooks@utexas.edu

June 27
Catching the Rain
Interactively learn how to build a rainwater harvester, and why they are a great idea!

Meet behind park headquarters.

Contact:Ethan Turner
Ethan.Turner@tpwd.texas.gov

July 11
Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event
Youth and adults can learn the basics of fishing.

Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Registration and start time is 9:00 A.M.

More information about this event.

Contact:Bill Brooks
(512) 581-0377
b.brooks@utexas.edu

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Area Attractions
Nearby attractions include Bastrop State Park, Monument Hill/Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites, Lockhart State Park, Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway, and McKinney Falls State Park. Lake Bastrop, and the cities of Bastrop, Smithville and Austin.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 6 Nice and clean by D Chittwood
Nice quiet park with clean restrooms and sites. The only thing that could have been much better were the tent sites. They need more gravel to help with the mud and dirt. The site I really wanted to stay at did not have electricity. Got to have a fan in Texas! Good place to ride a bicycle and walk. Friendly staff. It would be GREAT. Thanks.


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Directions
The park is located 2 miles northwest of Smithville on State Highway 71 to FM 153, then north on 153 for .5 mile to enter Park Road 1. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112. Camping fees vary; as do entrance fees. For reservations call 512/389-8900.

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