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, reservable picnic table sites and a designating swimming area.
ALERT! - Due to the current stay at home order, all campsites are closed until April 13. Conditions subject to change/extension.
Park Improvement Work Alert!
Beginning January 3, 2020, electrical upgrades will be performed on all utility camping sites at the park. Work will potentially continue up to March 31.
At this time, all utility sites in this period are unavailable for reservation. Grove and Bluff sites will remain available during this period.
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 Fees - About the Park
Park Entry Fees:
- A vehicle entrance fee is charged per day per vehicle at the pay station.
- $1 per day - walk in or bike in (cash only)
- $5 per day, Monday through Thursday.
- $10 per day Friday through Sunday, and Holidays.
- Multi-entry pass per car (20 entries) Regular $75; Seniors age 62 and older $40
- Pay stations should be used for all Day Use Entry and by campers for entry when cashier is unavailable or after hours.
- Payment method: 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.
- Camping Guide and Fees
- 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)
- A vehicle entry fee will be charged as part of the reservation.
- Fees for additional vehicles/motorcycles shall be paid at the pay station at check-in. Check in starts at 3 pm.
- Check out must be complete by 10 am.
- Common Park Rules and Laws
- 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
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.
- Park History
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.