Visitors and Tourist Guide for Lake Buchanan, Texas

Lake Marble Falls Texas
In the Highland Lakes of Texas

Sailboats on Lake Travis

Lake Travis is one of 6 Highland Lakes in the chain of lakes on the Colorado River in central Texas.  Lake Travis is the fifth lake down with Lake Austin on the south and Lake Marble Falls on the northwest of Lake Travis.

Lake Travis is a popular lake for sailing, boating, jet skiing, water skiing and swimming. Lake Travis Boating

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).

boating on Lake Travis
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.

Boating past the houses along the shore 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.

Entrance to Lakeway Photo
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
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 on Lake Travis
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.

Jet Skiing on Lake Travis 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.

boating on Lake Travis  sailboat on Lake Travis
You will see all kinds of boats on Lake Travis.

Mansfield Dam 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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Mansfield Dam
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.

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Lake Travis Map
Map of Lake Travis

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can enlarge to see the streets and roads - Click Here


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