Walter E. Long/Decker Lake - Paddling

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This is a small lake that's great for beginner paddlers. It's close to downtown Austin and has great fishing.

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Taylor Reilly


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Destination Distance From Downtown

8.9 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

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All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Entrance Fee $5 wds/$8 wknds

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Walter E Long Info

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Walter E Long Lake



Lake Walter E. Long (also known as Decker Lake) is very close to downtown Austin, and is well known for its fishing. Surrounding the lake is Austin's Lake Walter E. Long Recreational Park, which is a great place for Austinites to recreate on the weekends or even after work on the weekdays.

What Makes It Great

Besides great fishing, the small flatwater lake's easy access make it an ideal place for standup paddleboarding. The sport has become quite popular here due to the close proximity to the city of Austin. The lake may be small, but it's a fun place to get out on the water and relax. 

Who is Going to Love It

It's a small lake but it's easy to access. It's best suited for standup paddleboarding and mellow family canoe adventures. It's right in Austin, so it's a good place for a quick paddle when you have other things afoot. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The address of the lake is: Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park, 6614 Blue Bluff Rd., Austin, TX 78724. Weekdays are $6 for a day use permit, $8 for weekend day use. 

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Walter E. Long/Decker Lake

6620 Blue Bluff Road
Austin, TX, 78724
30.281619, -97.609128

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