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Tow is a small community located in Llano County in central Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,249 residents. Residents pronounce the name of the town to rhyme with "cow" rather than "toe." Tow is about 60 miles northwest of Austin and sits on the western shore of Lake Buchanan. It's one of the oldest communities in the county and was named for two brothers, William and Wilson Tow, who settled in the area with their families in 1853. The town slowly grew and in the 1970s and 1980s became a retirement community. A tourist trade developed due to the lake, which is very important to the town's economy. Lake Buchanan was formed with the construction of Buchanan Dam in 1939. At the time, the dam was the longest multiple-arch dam in the United States. The lake was the first of what was to become known as the Texas Highland Lakes, and it's also the largest of the group of lakes. Lake Buchanan has 22,333 acres of surface water, 124 miles of shoreline and is five miles wide at the widest point. It's a very popular recreational lake for fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, jet-skiing and camping. There are RV parks, cabins for rent and vacation rental houses available around the lake. There's also several eateries, including a restaurant that specializes in catfish and another that is famous for their Texas BBQ. A great place for a vacation, a weekend get-away or for a day of leisure.

Surrounding areas: Lake Buchanan, Texas (6.7 mi), Inks Lake, Texas (10.9 mi), Llano, Texas (14.8 mi), Kingsland, Texas (15.7 mi), Sunrise Beach, Texas (20.0 mi), Lampasas, Texas (21.3 mi), Lake Lyndon B Johnson, Texas (23.4 mi)

Tow Vacation Rentals




Tow Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Chism Lodges IncRt 1Bluffton, TX4.5 mi.(325) 379-6331
Hill Country Suites609 Bessemer AveLlano, TX14.9 mi.(325) 247-1090
Best Western Llano901 W Young StLlano, TX15.3 mi.(325) 247-4101
Lake LBJ MotelRR 2 Box 139Kingsland, TX15.7 mi.(325) 388-4571
Lake LBJ MotelKingsland, TX15.7 mi.(325) 388-4571
Holiday Inn Express810 S Water StBuenet, TX17.1 mi.(512) 756-1789
Country Inn1502 S Key AveLampasas, TX21.1 mi.(512) 556-6201
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1200 Central Texas ExpyLampasas, TX21.8 mi.(512) 556-9292
Best Western Marble Falls Inn1403 Hwy 281 NMarble Falls, TX24.2 mi.(830) 693-5122
Hampton Inn On The Lake704 First StMarble Falls, TX24.2 mi.(830) 798-1895
Quality Inn1206 Hwy 281 NMarble Falls, TX24.2 mi.(830) 693-7531

Tow Weather & Climate

Central Texas basically has two seasons - summers that may last from April through October, and winters that start in November and usually lasts until March. When summer ends, it's too dry for autumn foliage, except in East Texas. Precipitation is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, although most occurs in May and September in the form of thunderstorms. Large amounts of rain falling within short periods of time cause flash floods. Hail is reported around the Central Texas area an average of 31 days per year and tornadoes are reported on an average of 12 days per year. Average yearly rainfall is near 32 inches. Average sunshine varies from about 50% in the winter to near 75% in the summer. Although tornadoes are rare, they are most often associated with dissipating tropical storms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 59°F 32°F 1.41 in. -
February 64°F 36°F 1.97 in. -
March 71°F 44°F 2.24 in. -
April 78°F 51°F 2.17 in. -
May 84°F 61°F 4.31 in. -
June 91°F 68°F 3.54 in. -
July 96°F 71°F 1.23 in. -
August 95°F 70°F 1.21 in. -
September 89°F 64°F 2.00 in. -
October 80°F 53°F 2.97 in. -
November 69°F 42°F 2.43 in. -
December 61°F 34°F 2.14 in. -

Tow Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Draughon Miller Central Texas Regional airport (TPL) located about 65 miles east of Tow in Temple, Texas, the Austin Bergstrom International airport (AUS) located approximately 67 miles southeast of Tow in Austin, Texas, the Brownwood Regional airport (BWD) located roughly 69 miles northwest of Tow in Brownwood, Texas, and finally Kerrville Municipal Louis Schreiner Field (ERV) located around 72 miles southwest of Tow in Kerrville, Texas.

Tow Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Landa ParkNew BraunfelsTX84.2 mi.
 
Water Parks
Schlitterbahn Waterpark ResortNew BraunfelsTX84.2 mi.
Splashdown San AntonioSan AntonioTX100.9 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Highland Lakes Golf CourseBuchanan DamTX10.9 mi.
Llano Municipal Golf CourseLlanoTX14.9 mi.
Gainesville Municipal Golf CourseGainesvilleTX15.0 mi.
Packsaddle Country ClubKingslandTX16.3 mi.
Delaware Springs Golf CourseBurnetTX17.6 mi.
Hancock Park Municipal Golf CourseLampasasTX21.2 mi.
Blue Lake Golf ClubMarble FallsTX24.8 mi.
Meadowlakes Golf & Country ClubMarble FallsTX24.8 mi.
San Saba Golf ClubSan SabaTX25.4 mi.
 
State Parks
Inks Lake State ParkTX12.2 mi. 
Longhorn Cavern State ParkTX15.8 mi. 
 
Museums
Gillespie Co. Historical Society Pioneer MuseumFredericksburgTX48.3 mi.(History)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
Cameron Park ZooWacoTX90.9 mi.
San Antonio Zoological Gardens and AquariumSan AntonioTX100.9 mi.
Sea World of San AntonioSan AntonioTX100.9 mi.
Fossil Rim Wildlife CenterGlen RoseTX102.5 mi.


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