McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Outdoor Programs


Summer Camps

Just east of Austin, nestled along the Colorado River and the Lost Pines, your child can discover the wonders of the outdoors in a safe, fun and educational day-camp setting. LCRA's McKinney Roughs Nature Park has 1,100 acres of pine forests, box canyons and post oak meadows to explore.

Campers explore new areas each week. They investigate ponds, meadows, forests and the Colorado River using binoculars, insect nets, dip nets and more.

Camps and sessions


McKinney Roughs offers summer camps based on a child's age at the time camp starts. Each week's camp activities will revolve around a different natural science theme.

Camps Tonkawa (ages 5-6), Comanche (ages 7-8) and Caddo (ages 9-12), $195 per week

Campers ages 5-12 may attend up to eight weeks of day camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays:

  • June 13-17: InStar Wars.
  • June 20-24: Navigating Nature.
  • June 27-July 1: Waking Your Wild Side.
  • July 11-15: Things With Wings.
  • July 18-22: Slink, Rattle and Roll.
  • July 25-29: Wild for Water.
  • Aug. 1-5: Stealth and Survival.
  • Aug. 8-12: Nature's Pantry.


Tonkawa, Comanche and Caddo campers will enjoy nature hikes, guest presentations, direct nature study, and games and activities related to the weekly themes. Tonkawa campers also will experience a camp-based water day, and Comanche and Caddo campers will swim at Bastrop State Park, experience select high elements on the challenge course and raft the Colorado River. All campers – Tonkawa, Comanche and Caddo – will come together to enjoy a field day as a group each week. Learn more about camps for ages 5-12 and register here.

Teen Adventure Camps (ages 13-15), $195 per week

Teens aged 13-15 may attend up to four weeks of day camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays:

  • June 13-17: Riverventures.​
  • June 27-July 1: Wilderness Survival.
  • July 11-15: Wildfire Academy.


Teens embark on a journey of self-discovery and adventure while learning the skills of a naturalist and outdoor leader. Campers will swim at Bastrop State Park, experience the thrill of high elements on the challenge course, take a river trip, and work with the group to plan and execute an outdoor adventure.

Learn more about camps for ages 13-15 and register here.

Camp information and options

Before and after care are available on-site only during sessions three and six. The cost is $30 for either before or after care, or $60 for both. Before care is from 7-9 a.m., and after care is from 4-6 p.m. Late fees will be charged if children are picked up after 6 p.m. Before and after care can be chosen during online camp registration. Do not sign up for before or after care if you choose the shuttle service.

Shuttle service is $75 per week from two convenient Austin locations:
LCRA General Office Complex
3700 Lake Austin Blvd. [map]
Pickup: 7:30 a.m. / Drop-off: 5:15 p.m.
LCRA Service Center
3505 Montopolis Drive [map]
Pickup: 8:15 a.m. / Drop-off: 4:30 p.m.


Camp registration and cancellation policy

Registration and tuitionRegistration is online, and full payment is required at the time of registration. The cost of camp is $195 per week, and the shuttle cost is $75. Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards are accepted. Customers registering for four or more weeks of camp have the option to pay in two installments, but must register by calling 512-303-5073.

Camp installment plan (four or more camps only) – Anyone registering for four or more sessions may place a 50 percent deposit at the time of registration and pay the remaining balance by May 15. If the remaining balance is not paid by May 15, the registration will be canceled and the deposit will be forfeited. You must register by calling 512-303-5073 for this option.

Camp cancellation policy – No refunds will be given for cancellations made after May 15. A $35 processing fee will be deducted from refunds for cancellations made on or before May 15. Cancellations should be made by sending an email to outdoorprograms@lcra.org. Please include the camper's name and session(s) being canceled. A confirmation email will be sent to you when the refund is processed.

Session transfers – Once registration is complete, campers may transfer to a different session by paying a $10 transfer fee. Sending an email to outdoorprograms@lcra.org to request a transfer. Please include the camper's name and session(s) to which you want to transfer. We will do our best to accommodate transfers. You will receive an email notifying you of the status of your transfer request.

For more information, call 512–303–5073 or email outdoorprograms@lcra.org.