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Quayle Report - Jeff Quayle
September 2003
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Lake Buchanan Adventures

Located on the watershed of the Colorado River, Lake Buchanan is part of the Highland Lakes, along with Inks Lake, below Buchanan Dam.  One of the few remaining relatively undeveloped areas in Central Texas lies in the Lake Buchanan watershed and upstream on the Colorado River, where you'll find a hidden treasure: Colorado Bend State Park.  But the most interesting area to begin your exploration at Lake Buchanan, besides the state park, is the Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park.  Two eco-tourism companies operate out of Canyon of the Eagles: Lake Buchanan Adventures and the Vanishing Texas River Cruise.  Lake Buchanan Adventures offers adventure tours of the water fall areas along the high cliffs of the Colorado River.  They offer several options, including a 3 hour "Waterfalls Paddle", a "Hike and Paddle" tour, a "Canyon to Falls Run" for intermediate or advanced paddlers, a "Wilderness Paddle Trip", and a "Fall Creek Vineyards" tour.


Links:

Lake Buchanan information

Vanishing Texas River Cruise

Lake Buchanan Adventures

Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park



Plant of the Month
Senna marilandica

Maryland Senna (Senna marilandica) is in the legume family (Lamiaceae).  It is a rare plant usually found in disturbed areas, open areas or open woods.  It is a relative of Two- Leaved Senna (Senna roemeriana) and Lindheimer's Senna (Senna lindheimeri).   Lindheimer's Senna is native to the south in the Edwards Plateau and the Trans-Pecos.  Leaves are even pinnately compound with yellow corollas. Plants are usually 3-4 feet tall, blooming in part shade, from August to September.  It has been recorded from Bell, Dallas, Grayson, and Johnson counties.  The leaves were used as a cathartic by Native Americans.


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