Emma Long Metropolitan Park (City Park) is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 7:00am to 10:00pm.  The park features open space, camp sites, boat ramps, reservation based picnic table sites and a designating swimming area.

ALERT! - COVID19 CLOSURES - closures and updates

Campsite rentals are currently open with limits.

Picnic site rentals are currently NOT allowed through end of year.

CONSTRUCTION ALERT!
Masterplan related park improvements continue in the reservation picnic site, grove campsitse and at the south restroom area in phases.  Expect daily work on site Monday-Friday.  Northern utility site area restroom/showers will remain open.

  • September 2020 – May 31, 2021 – Reservation Picnic Areas closed
  • October 2020 – December 31, 2021 – Grove Campsites closed
  • December 2020 - April 30, 2021 - South restroom complex closed

 

Park Office Hours

(all camping reservations must be made online)

8 am – 4 pm year      Monday through Sunday*

  • May through the 1st week of September, office hours are extended Friday through Sunday 8 am – 7 pm, dependent on the availability of staffing.
Park Entry Day Use Fees

Park Entry Passes for Day Users

October - February

  • Pay in person by coin/credit at the park pay station kiosk.

March – September 7th

  • Monday - Wednesday:   Pay in person at pay station (coin/credit only)
  • Thursday – Sunday:       Must be reserved in advanced online   
    • Online Pass Reservation Guide
    • Applies to vehicle and walk/bike in (pedestrian) passes.
    • No entry without a day pass reservation.
    • Passes also required Memorial & Labor Day Mondays, and 4th of July.

September 8th - 30th

Seasonal Online Pass Information:  Passes available 14 days in advance, and no less than midnight the night before.  Passes are emailed and should be printed or displayed on a mobile device. Once at capacity – no additional queuing to get into the park will be allowed.  Limit 2 per day/household. Passes also required Memorial & Labor Day Mondays, and 4th of July. Persons who do NOT have a computer, may call for assistance during normal office hours 512-974-6797. (NOTE - Currently the city is working under modified operations due to COVID19.  Please call, leave a message for assistance.)

ALERTS!

  • Campsite reservations ALREADY INCLUDE fees per day for 1 vehicle.  Additional vehicle passes should be purchased at the pay station.
  • Picnic site rentals or large groups should contact the Office of Special Events if they wish to coordinate and pay for guest park entry passes.

Policies – All Park Entry Passes

  • Vehicles - 1 pass/vehicle, valid ONLY, and up to 8 persons.  Passes are non-refundable.
  • The person purchasing the pass must be present.
  • Passes are NOT transferable and may not be used for commercial/business use.
  • A valid ID may be required upon arrival for seasonal online sales.
  • No in/out privileges are allowed.
  • Once at capacity – no additional queuing to get into the park will be allowed.
  • Parking along the right of way outside the park is not allowed.  Those without a day pass may not park along the right of way and enter the park.

Fees

  • $5 per day/vehicle, Monday through Thursday.
  • $10 per day/vehicle Friday through Sunday, and Holidays.
  • $1 per day - walk in or bike in (Monday - Wednesday, coin /credit at pay station, online Thursday - Sunday)
  • Multi-entry pass per car (20 entries) Regular $75; Seniors age 62 and older $40
  • Disabled Veterans receive free park entry day use passes. See the Disabled Veterans section on this page BEFORE making an online day pass, camping or picnic reservation.  Parks staff must provide online account changes to designate free park entry PRIOR to making any reservations.

Payment method:  

  • Pay stations must be used Monday - Wednesday for all bike/hike-in day use entry, by campers for entry when cashier is unavailable or after hours.
  • Credit cards or coins are accepted at the automated pay stations.
  • CASH is NOT accepted for park entry fees.
  • Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.
  • ALERTS!
  • Campsite reservations ALREADY INCLUDE fees per day for 1 vehicle.  Additional vehicle passes should be purchased at the pay station.
  • Picnic site rentals or large groups should contact the Office of Special Events if they wish to coordinate and pay for guest park entry passes in advance.

Campsite Amenity and Picnic Site Map - Google Map

Park Photo Gallery

Motorcycle and Mountain Biking Trails Info

Camping Guide and Fees

ALERT! - COVID19 CLOSURES - information about Austin Park closures.

Camping currently open with limits.

  • EXISTING RESERVATIONS will be honored for each location beginning as they currently exist  (no additions or extensions).
  • NEW RESERVATIONS - Sites will be available for reservation in managed fashion to prevent overcrowding, assist with social distancing, and safeguarding public health.  Odd numbered campsites will be available for booking until further notice.
  • NOTICE - local health conditions could affect or change availability and conditions in the future.  Notices will be sent if conditions change.

CONSTRUCTION ALERT!
Masterplan park improvements continue in the reservation picnic site, Grove campsite and at the south restroom areas in stages.  Expect daily work on site Monday-Friday.  Northern utility site area restroom/showers will remain open.

  • September 2020 – May 31, 2021 – Reservation Picnic Areas closed
  • October 2020 – December 31, 2021 – Grove Campsites closed
  • December 2020 - April 30, 2021 - South restroom complex closed

Camping Guide Book - Rules, Site Overview, Check In/Out

Campsite Amenity and Picnic Site Map - Google Map

Utility Campsite Images

Park Wide Photo Gallery  

  • Campsites
  • All camping reservations must be made online
  • Primitive Camping Site (no utilities) - $10.00 per night   
  • Primitive Camping Site (with water) - $10.00 per night    
  • Premium Camping Site (Non-Waterfront with water & electric) - $20.00 per night   (32' maximum length)
  • Premium Camping Site (Waterfront with water & electric) - $25.00 per night   (32' maximum length)
  • Park Entry
  • A vehicle entry fee is charged as part of the reservation per day.
  • Fees for additional vehicles/motorcycles by CAMPERS shall be paid at the pay station at check-in. Check in starts at 3 pm.
  • Fees for local or DAY VISITING GUESTS MUST be paid by the guest.  March - September passes must be purchased online in advance.

Disabled Veterans receive free park entry day use passes. See the Disabled Veterans section on this page BEFORE making a day pass, camping or picnic reservation. 

  book a campsite cancel reservation

Picnic Table Reservations

CONSTRUCTION ALERT!
Masterplan park improvements continue in the reservation picnic site, Grove campsite and at the south restroom areas in stages.  Expect daily work on site Monday-Friday.  Northern utility site area restroom/showers will remain open.

  • September 2020 – May 31, 2021 – Reservation Picnic Areas closed
  • October 2020 – December 31, 2021 – Grove Campsites closed
  • December 2020 - April 30, 2021 - South restroom complex closed

Rentals start at $60 per site per day, and are between 10 am - 9 pm.  Bookings start 6 months in advance - review the booking schedule (pdf).

Full payment is due received within 14 days from when you first book a site to confirm the reservation.  Last minute bookings require immediate payment online.

Tips for a Successful Picnic

  1. Find a site         Picnic and Shelter Sites at a Glance (PDF)
    • See picnic site features and allowances for all sites.  Find a site that meets your needs.
  2. See the Sites    Maps and Images
    • Map Tip - Red icons show parks at large, green icons show reservation sites within each park.
    • Map Tip - Switch between "map or satellite" views.
    • Map Tip -  Use the map navigate function to map a route to the picnic site!
  3. Check availability online! Select "picnic tables only" in the features box, and set the location to "Emma Long".
  4. Email to book:  reservations@austintexas.gov   Voicemail - 512-974-6797.
Common Park Rules, Laws, and Boating

Rules:

  • Pets must remain on leash and under the control of the owner at all times. Styrofoam is prohibited.

Common City of Austin Laws:

  • Alcohol may be consumed directly at an approved (paid) campsite or picnic site reservation. Alcohol is not permitted in other park locations. Sales are NOT allowed. Glass containers are prohibited in the entire park system.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all park areas.  Violations are a Class C Misdemeanor.
  • Amplified music/sounds/dj’s and/or bands all require a sound permit, and are ONLY issued for the picnic table(s) with a paid reservation. A person may not operate sound equipment in a watercraft audible or causing a vibration 100 feet from the equipment.
  • 8-5-81 - WATERCRAFT AND OTHER MOTORIZED CRAFT ON LAKE AUSTIN. (A) A person may not use or possess a jet ski, wet bike, motorized surfboard, or similar device on Lake Austin:  (1) from sunset on the Friday before Memorial Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Memorial Day; (2) from sunset on the Friday before Labor Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Labor Day; or (3) from sunset on July 3 until sunrise on July 5.
  • Boating: Know Before You Go - Austin Police Department Boating Video
  • Collection of fire wood at the park is prohibited.
  • Alcohol consumption is allowed at rented campsites at this park, and at confirmed (paid) reservations of the picnic table event areas. 
  • Full Park Rules
Disabled Veterans

Disabled Veterans receive free park entry day use passes.

October - February - display credentials to the park attendant upon entry.

March - September - Complete this form BEFORE making a day pass, camping or picnic reservation. The online account will be established or updated to allow for a free pass.

  • Parks staff are able to assist with received account forms Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday-Friday except City holidays. Parks staff must complete online account changes to designate free park entry PRIOR to making any reservations or day use pass purchases.

Disabled Veteran access policy.

Fishing Tournaments and Events

Fishing Tournaments and Events

By City Code and Park Rules, all organized events require permits to ensure proper planning and logistical coordination.  This includes all tournaments that require admission or participation fees.  This ensures successful experience for those proposing tournaments, while maintaining public park access.   Applications are strongly encouraged to be submitted a minimum of 4-6 months in advance to ensure organizers have sufficient time to prepare permit requirements such a use fees, insurance and related submittals.

Use this form to apply, or go www.austintexas.gov/parkevents.

Park History

Emma Long, 1993 Former Council Member

For years, the park on Lake Austin was named City Park.  Then, on June 28, 1984,  Mayor Carol Keeton Rylander, proposed to the City Council that the park be renamed for Emma Long.  Emma Long was first elected to the Austin City Council in 1948.  During her tenure, she reactivated the Parks Board and became a long time supporter.  In 1967, she became the first woman to serve as Mayor Pro Tem in Austin.  She also supported an Open Housing Ordinance and in 1969, she became one of three Council Member to lose reelection, due to their support of the ordinance.

The unveiling renaming the park took place on Friday, December 10, 1993.   “It’s nice to have a park with a lot of natural features”, said Long.  In clarifying park names, she distinguished herself from Walter E. Long, “we are no kin, in fact he thought I was radical.  We later became friends”.  Her political career spanned nearly two decades.