(Check in is NOT REQUIRED at the Headquarters before using the trails at Doeskin Ranch and Warbler Vista or the Shin Oak Observation Deck; maps for all trails are available at each site and at the Headquarters entrance.)
Here, refuge staff and volunteers are available to provide you with maps, brochures and checklists and let you know what's happening on the refuge. This is also where the business of the refuge is conducted. Please note, the entrance gate is timed to open and close automatically just before and just after regular business hours. DIRECTIONS: The refuge headquarters is northwest of Austin, Texas. It is located on FM 1431 approximately five miles west of Lago Vista, one mile east of the intersection with Cow Creek Road/CR328. Go to the maps section of this website for additional directions. The lat/long for the refuge headquarters is 30.506769 and -98.024185.
Doeskin Ranch, Warbler Vista and the Shin Oak Observation Deck
The refuge offers many exciting special events and activities! Check out the Events Calendar, Environmental Education and For Educator pages for fun things to do. Or go to www.friendsofbalcones.org for more special events and activities.
More help is at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.
For information on nearby lodging and businesses, contact the Lago Vista/Jonestown Chamber of Commerce at 512-267-7952 or visit their website. You can also find more lodging information at www.friendsofbalcones.org.
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