Emma Long Metropolitan Park (City Park) is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 7:00am to 10:00pm. A gate is locked during the night hours.
NOTICE - Effective July 6, CASH will no longer be accepted for daily park entry fees. Credit cards will be accepted at the park entry area.
NOTICE – Online/call-in camping reservations availability will begin in the upcoming summer season. Please check back frequently for updates! Sign up for Austin Notes - select the “park” option! Links/information will be posted here when online reservations are available.
A park entrance fee is charged per day.
$5 per day, Monday through Thursday.
$10 for weekends and holidays.
Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.
Note: As on Monday, October 27, 2014, new automated pay stations will be available to pay park entry fees. Credit cards and coins are accepted at the automated pay stations.
Common Park Rules and Laws:
Pets must remain on leash and under the control of the owner at all times.
Styrofoam is prohibited.
Collection of fire wood at the park is prohibited.
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.
Primitive Camping Site (no utilities) - $10.00 per night
Primitive Camping Site (with water) - $20.00 per night
Premium Camping Site (Utility Camping Non-Waterfront with water and electric) - $20.00 per night
Premium Camping Site (Utility Camping Waterfront with water and electric) - $25.00 per night
We do not reserve campsites. Camping is first come first serve.
Checkout of campsites are done by 12:00 PM (Noon).
Please call (512) 346-1831 for any questions regarding Emma Long Metropolitan Park.
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.