Bastrop County Angling Series: Vernon L. Richards Riverbend Park Posted in: Sports This is the third article in a series of articles about fishing in Bastrop County. Each article will cover detailed information about the lakes, rivers, and streams that call to the seasoned and novice anglers, alike. Vernon L. Richards Riverbend Park, which is located on Highway 71 in Smithville, is named after former mayor Vernon Richards. Riverbend Park is Smithville's finest outdoor recreational area bordering the Colorado River. The fenced “Chuckwagon Square” offers a covered stage and dance floor. There are acres of old shaded oaks for shade with picnic tables beneath them. There are also barbeque pits available, an ideal place ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!