Lake Travis in Austin, Texas is a favorite destination among Lone Star State boaters. The lake features stunning natural scenery, luxurious resorts, tons of family activities, world-class marinas and marine facilities, and is widely known as a boater’s paradise. On top of that, it’s located in one of the coolest cities in the country—Austin, home to amazing restaurants renowned for its vibrant live music scene.
The lake is nearly 65 miles long, running from the Max Starcke Dam near Marble Falls, Texas, through the hills of central Texas to Travis County, northwest of Austin. It’s 4.5 miles wide at its widest point and has 270 miles of shoreline.
When traveling to Lake Travis, boaters should visit Austin Boats and Motors (www.austinboats.com; 877-554-5495) in Austin. They’ve been a Crownline dealer for more than two decades and are a wealth of information for visiting boaters.
As a boating hotspot, Lake Travis is home to plenty of marinas and marine facilities. Among them is Lakeway Marina (www.lakewaymarina.com; 512-261-7511). Started in 1963, it was the first marina on Lake Travis and has slips for boats of all sizes. NorthShore Marina at The Hollows (www.northshoremarinahollows.com; 512-267-6222) is a three-time winner of the Texas Marina of the Year award and has a state-of-the-art facility, huge ship’s store, fuel services and more. West Beach Marina (www.westbeachmarina.com; 512-266-2277) has well-maintained docks, a great location and breakwaters to protect its boats.
The area around Lake Travis has tons of activities for visitors to enjoy, from zip lining to golfing to splashing around at one of the several water parks near the lake. Watersports are popular on Lake Travis, and you’ll find many people enjoying activities like waterskiing and wakeboarding. The area is also popular among fishermen. Lake Travis is home to a large population of largemouth bass. It also has white bass, plus blue, channel and flathead catfish.
In nearby Austin, visitors will find a vibrant theater and music scene. In fact, Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” and is home to more than 250 music venues. In addition, the city hosts more than a dozen major music festivals throughout the year.
Austin also has a restaurant scene that is as lively as its music scene. Whether you’re in the mood for seafood, Mexican, Japanese, Italian or something else, Austin has a huge variety of world-class restaurants with imaginative menus. Truluck’s Seafood (www.trulucks.com; 512-482-9000) is an upscale restaurant known for its amazing crab, fresh seafood and tender steaks. Torchy’s Tacos (www.torchystacos.com; 512-366-0537) offers Mexican and southwestern food at cheap prices. Elizabeth Street Café (www.elizabethstreetcafe.com; 512-291-2881) is a neighborhood Vietnamese cafe and French bakery in South Austin that has sunny dining rooms, a shady garden patio and serves fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner.
To learn more about visiting Lake Travis, check out www.LakeTravis.com.
For more information on visiting Austin, Texas, visit www.austintexas.org.