Lake Placid, Texas, USA

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All About Lake Placid

Lake Placid is a small reservoir on the Guadalupe River one mile southwest of Sequin, Texas in the Prairies and Lakes Region. Operated by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Lake Placid is one of the many lakes along the Guadalupe River created to control flooding and to supply water to the area. The reservoir was created in 1928 with the construction of a dam. Only about 5 miles in length, Lake Placid runs from downtown McQueeney to the outskirts of Seguin. Because Lake Placid is not as well-known as other lakes along the Guadalupe River, lighter boat traffic creates a more “placid” water playground.

With an average depth of 20 feet, Lake Placid is a venue for fishing, boating, jet skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding, and swimming. Most of the land around this residential lake is privately owned, so public access is limited. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department operates a public boat ramp off of Interstate 10. The ramp is closed while the Texas Department of Transportation rebuilds the US 90 bridge. Access to other boat ramps and to camping is privately controlled.

Lake Placid is stocked with fish species intended to improve the quality of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish species include largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, crappie, and sunfish. All fish species are managed with statewide regulations, so check number and size limits before fishing. Largemouth bass and white crappie are best fished from late fall through spring. Channel catfish are the most abundant catfish species in the lake with blue catfish present in moderate numbers. Sunfish species such as bluegill and redear are abundant in Lake Placid and are favorite catches for children.

For some recreation time off the water, the nearby town of Sequin is picturesque with Victorian and turn-of-the-century homes. Take some time for a walking tour of the downtown. Sebastopol House is an 1856 Greek Revival-style house that was acquired by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, restored to its original appearance, and opened to the public in 1989. Sebastopol House is a Registered Texas Historic Landmark and is in the National Register of Historic Places. Tours and family programs are provided throughout the year, so check the schedule for special events.

For more off-water fun, New Braunfels is less than 30 minutes northwest of Lake Placid. New Braunfels is home to a waterpark resort and the Gruene Historic District. San Antonio’s Riverwalk is less than one hour southwest of the lake. There are other numerous small towns to explore, including McQueeney, Gruene’s Historic District, Marion, Santa Clara, and Geronimo. The area also has numerous golf courses.

There are several state parks not far from Lake Placid, including Lockhart State Park, Buescher State Park, Palmetto State Park, and Bastrop State Park, that offer a wide range of recreational activities: camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, birding, nature study, pedal boat and canoe rentals, swimming, tubing, canoeing, and educational/interpretive programs for children. There is a scenic 12-mile road connecting Bastrop and Buescher State Parks that is a popular bike route. Lockhart State Park even offers a 9-hole golf course, the only staff-operated golf course in the Texas State Park System.

Vacation rentals are available on Lake Placid, so plan your romantic weekend getaway or an extended family vacation. Lake Placid may be a small lake, but the opportunities for outdoor recreation are abundant.

Things to Do at Lake Placid

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Playground

Fish Species Found at Lake Placid

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Blue Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)
  • Spotted Bass
  • Sunfish
  • White Crappie

Find Places to Stay at Lake Placid

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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Placid Vacation

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  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
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  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Lake Placid Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority

Surface Area: 198 acres

Shoreline Length: 15 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 498 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 493 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 503 feet

Average Depth: 20 feet

Maximum Depth: 40 feet

Water Volume: 2,624 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1928

Lake Area-Population: 4,000

Trophic State: Eutrophic

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