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Planning a trip to ATX? Why not rent a boat for your adventures? Austin boasts outdoor recreation opportunities on many lakes, perfect for renting boats or booking boat tours. Popular Austin lakes for boating include the beautiful Lake Travis that accommodates pontoon party boats, also called party barges, wakeboarding, hiking, picnicking, swimming, bird watching, canoeing, and kayaking. Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake are two other spots to enjoy a boat rental around Austin. Visitors can also enjoy sailing lessons, private boat charters and tours with a local captain, and jet skiing. Whether you’re looking for something low-key or something more adventurous, Lake Travis and Lake Austin are the places to be!
Here are some of our favorite things to do in Austin on the water:
Go fishing. Anglers love Lake Travis fishing opportunities, particularly those who are trying to catch largemouth bass, catfish, white bass, and striped bass. Plan ahead for the white bass season, which runs from February to May! Recreational fishing is a popular pastime for locals and travelers alike, and all you need is a valid fishing license with a freshwater endorsement. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department charges $30 for the season, starting on August 31st of every year, though there are discounted options for seniors, active military personnel, special residents, and veterans too. If you’re under the age of 17 years, you don’t need a license. Looking to take a group out to experience the fun of fishing? Book a fishing charter in Austin and make a great catch.
Stay on a houseboat. Don’t want to drive back to Austin or can’t find the right lakeside house rental? Experience the water from a 360º perspective! There are many Lake Travis houseboat rentals available, many of which are outfitted with luxurious bedrooms, big-screen TVs, full kitchens, stereo systems, grills, and jet ski lifts.
Book a party boat in Austin
Austin is a popular city destination for bachelorette and bachelor parties, and many groups report a boat party on Lake Travis or Lake Austin during the getaway was the best part of their itinerary.
Try out some of Austin’s more unusual offerings. If you’ve never been to a nude beach, Austin presents you with the opportunity to do so – almost in your own backyard. Hippie Hollow is Texas’ only public, clothing-optional park where you can go swimming, hike, and enjoy sunbathing without tan lines. Daily park entrance fees are $15 per car or $8 if you come by foot or bike. Another unique experience to try out is the Austin Salt Cave, which has been reported to have therapeutic effects for ailments and stress. The anti-gravity chairs and the soothing pink-hued salt cave are certainly something to experience for yourself.
With this lake being such a popular destination for families, groups, and more, it’s just as important to brush up on key safety skills as it is to pack sunscreen. When planning your boat rental, here are two key questions to consider:
Does everyone in your party have a personal flotation device (PFD)? Life jackets can go a long way in preventing drowning, and it’s absolutely essential that every adult, child, and animal has a properly fitting PFD. Children are some of the most at-risk individuals for drowning. When you’re booking through GetMyBoat, you can double-check with your host that there are enough life jackets in a multitude of sizes for your group.
Do you know how to swim? Lake Travis is notoriously imbalanced, with shallow spots that make it tricky to navigate boats as well as very deep spots which can be dangerous for inexperienced swimmers. We suggest taking an open water swim class to brush up on skills, especially since lakes are quite different than pools. Local organization Colin’s Hope is a great resource for Lake Travis water safety, and many swim schools offer open water clinics to help you prepare for the water.
We hope you’re ready to rent a boat and experience the water!
Just 30 minutes from downtown Austin, Lake Travis is a relaxing and idyllic destination for locals looking to escape the hustle and bustle. Known for its clear, clean waters, the lake also supplies vital water for the greater Austin metropolitan area.
Such a fun experience! Rented for a bachelorette and it was such a blast! 10/10 recommend! Our caption was knowledgeable, fun, and an all around cool guy! We will definitely be returning to Austin & renting Austins pontoon again this summer!
We hired Clint (and through Clint - his partner Steve) for a Bachelorette party. Once we arrived, Steve was very communicative and helped us locate the boat to start the trip. He allowed us to enjoy our boat ride in the way we wanted to and we truly had a blast. We were unable to join the other boats at Party Cove because of the crowding and weather conditions but Steve made sure to give us even better accommodations by taking us to another dock and allowing us to hang out with fellow boaters in a different location. The bride had an absolute blast and the boat trip likely would have been so much more different if it was not for Steve's A+ hospitality. Book your Bachelorette boat ride with Clint and Steve - you won't regret it!
Loved it! Thank you bret! Cody was such a great, patient captain. He waited on us I appreciate that so much. He was very adventurous. He took us all over and showed us many things. Talked to us the whole time really kept us entertained. It was my family’s first time being on a boat and they loved it. I look forward to booking agin!
Mark was amazing! His way of communicating was wonderful and highly appreciated; from booking the ride to leaving the ride. I booked this pontoon ride for my bachelorette party and all my ladies had a wonderful time! Mark knows how to make you feel welcome and cared for. He knew all the stops to take us to and provided ice and water. On top of that, he was just a funny, humorous and nice captain! Wish I had booked an extra hour with him, that’s how much fun with had. Can’t wait to book my next pontoon ride with captain Mark!
Captain Mark was an AMAZING captain. He seriously was so focused on us and so curtious of our needs it was so helpful. He made the vibe perfect and brought us to all the right spots. Wish I could have stayed on longer! Also his timing was perfect.
Colton and Tim were seriously amazing. I planned a whole afternoon for a friend's birthday with a group of 11 people, many of which had to request off of work in order to attend, and at 10:00AM on the day of, the person I had originally booked with cancelled on us. I panicked thinking my friend's birthday would be ruined but Colton (and Tim) saved us! Not only was he the only person on Get My Boat who was willing to brave the incredibly windy day on such short notice, but he also worked with me on the price given that I had found myself in a bind. I highly recommend Colton and our captain, Tim! 10/10!!!
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