All Getmyboat operators are required to and are responsible for operating legally within and fully compliant of local guidelines — this includes obtaining proper registrations, passes, permits, etc., meeting vessel and captain requirements, using the correct docks and boating areas for commercial activities, and any other stipulations by your local laws and facility regulations.

To help, we’ve gathered the following essential details for boating in Lake Buchanan.

Situated along the Colorado River in Burnet and Llano Counties, Texas, Lake Buchanan functions as a reservoir that holds significant importance for the state and its inhabitants. Its contributions encompass crucial services like water supply, flood control, hydroelectric power generation, and diverse recreational options.

The lake is managed by the following three entities:

  • USACE: Ownership and operation rest with The United States Army Corps of Engineers who is responsible for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Buchanan Dam, which impounds Lake Buchanan.
  • LCRA: The Lower Colorado River Authority is a state agency that is responsible for the management of the Highland Lakes, a system of reservoirs on the Colorado River that includes Lake Buchanan. The LCRA manages Lake Buchanan for water supply, flood control, hydroelectric power generation, and recreation.
  • TPWD: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is responsible for the management of the fish and wildlife resources of Lake Buchanan. The TPWD also manages several public access sites on the lake.


To ensure the safety of your passengers, safeguard your business, and maintain compliance with legal and regulatory standards while running a boat for hire, it's crucial to secure the right commercial and marine insurance. We suggest getting in touch with our affiliated partner, Boat Charter Insurance for valuable guidance on the necessary insurance coverage.


To register your boat, you will need to provide the following information:

Your name and address
The boat's hull identification number (HIN)
The boat's length
The type of motor(s) on the boat
The date of purchase

Here is a direct link to update or get a new Registration in the State of Texas.

USCG Captains License:

If you intend to operate a commercial boat on Lake Buchanan, you are required to possess a valid USCG Captain's License, which comes with specific prerequisites based on the size of the vessel. Those who possess this license must comply with all rules, which encompass speed restrictions and the obligation to keep a secure separation from other boats. Additional information can be obtained from the USCG.

Our partner Mariners Learning System offers online captain's licensing courses. Use the promo code GETMYBOAT10 for 10% off all products.

Pick Up / Drop off :

There are several locations suitable for both boat drop-off and pickup for rental purposes. Here are a couple of options worth considering

  • Burnet County Park Public Boat Ramp: On the eastern side of the lake, around the midpoint along FM 2341, there is a two-lane concrete boat ramp. It remains generally accessible even when water levels are low.
  • Thunderbird Lodge Boat Ramp: On the eastern shore of the lake along FM 2341.It features a concrete boat ramp, wind protection, courtesy dock, restrooms, cleaning stations, live bait, ADA accessibility, boat gas, and a picnic area.

It is important to check with the marina or dock in advance to confirm their passenger pick up and drop off policies.

Additional information:

  • You must have a valid boater education certificate. This is required for all boaters born after September 1, 1993 who operate motorized watercrafts over 15HP or wind-blown vessels over 14ft.
  • All commercial boats must be equipped with a marine radio.
  • Your boat must be titled and registered in Texas. This is required for all motorized boats, regardless of length; All sailboats 14 feet in length or longer or any sailboat with an auxiliary engine(s); USCG Documented vessels must be registered (no title will be issued);
  • Your boat must have the required safety equipment. This includes a life jacket for each person on board, a fire extinguisher, a first-aid kit, and a sound-producing device.
  • You must comply with all other applicable boating laws and regulations. These include laws regarding navigation, anchoring, and fishing.
  • Commercial boats must not operate at speeds greater than 25 mph in designated slow-speed zones.
  • Boats are prohibited from fishing within 50 feet of any public boat ramp.
  • The maximum capacity of a for-hire pontoon boat is 12 passengers, plus the operator.
  • Commercial boats are prohibited from operating within 100 feet of any swimming area.
  • All boats must comply with the zebra mussel prevention regulations, which require draining and drying of all watercraft and equipment before entering or leaving the lake.

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