Visitors and Tourist Guide for Lake Buchanan, Texas
|Lake Travis is a popular lake for sailing, boating, jet skiing, water skiing and swimming.|
The longest of the 6 Highland Lakes, Lake Travis winds its way northwest through the central Texas Hill Country for over 60 miles down into the outskirts of Austin. Lake Travis is 4.5 miles wide at the widest point and has 270 miles of shoreline. The reservoir was formed in 1942 by the construction of Mansfield Dam on the western edge of Austin, Texas by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).
Lake Travis is ideal for all types of boating.
There is a lot of open space around Lake Travis and a few ranches and four communities around the shores of Lake Travis. On the south side of Lake Travis, closer to Austin, on Highway 620 is the Golfing community of Lakeway. Volente Village is also on the south side of lake Travis.
Two communities are on the north side of Lake Travis: Lago Vista, another Golfing community, and Jonestown. Both of these communities are on Highway 1431.
On the northwest side of Lake Travis is the community of Briarcliff. It is directly across the lake from Lago Vista. It can be reached by taking Hwy 2322 east from Highway 71.
Lakeway Entrance on Hwy 620
If you are looking for a golfing community or a nice lakeside city to retire in, Lakeway and Lago Vista are both worth considering. Either of the two communities are an easy drive to Austin for shopping and entertainment.
A marina on Lake Travis
The rolling hills of the central Texas Hill Country offers fantastic views of the lake and the surrounding hills from both Lakeway and Lago Vista. The sailboats on Lake Travis add to the beauty of the lake.
Condos in Lakeway with lake view
There are many nice homes, condos and building lots in the communities around Lake Travis that offer outstanding views of the lake and the hill country.
If you are looking for a lake for boating, swimming and fishing you will like Lake Travis.
This popular lake is close enough to Austin that it attracts a lot of boaters in the area.
CAUTION: Lake Travis is not a constant level lake and when the water is lower, there can be water hazards that you need to be aware of like sand bars and other things just under the top of the water.
You will see all kinds of boats on Lake Travis.
The Joseph J. Mansfield Dam
to the northwest of Austin was
finished in 1941 to form Lake Travis.
Until recently the dam was part of Hwy 620 and traffic drove over the top of the dam. A large bridge has now been built to route the traffic on Hwy 620 down below the dam.
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Photo taken from below the dam
For a real treat on Lake Travis you can rent a waterfront lake house and experience lake life at its best.
Services Available around Lake Travis
The Oasis - overlooking Lake Travis
The Sunset Capital of Texas. Dining, music, weddings, breweries, and shopping, all with a breathtaking view of Lake Travis.
White Owl Retreat - Cabin on Lake Travis
This charming cabin is located on 5 beautiful waterfront acres on Lake Travis. This recently, completely renovated cabin has a large covered back porch with a view of the lake, a fireplace and more. Enjoy nature at its best at this delightful cabin.
Spillar Boat Docks - Spicewood, TX - near Austin
If you are looking for a floating dock, deck, boat lifts and personal watercraft lifts, Spillar Boat Docks is the place to call. Their family operated business has been building boat docks since 1945 in the Highland Lakes area.
Map of Lake Travis
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