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Amazing time on the water! Captained boat is definitely the way to go! Heather and Lan were awesome and made the day so much more fun. They gave us tips on how to use the water sports equipment and made sure everyone was comfortable.
We had Eric as our captain that day and he was amazing. Overall experience in communicating with Clint/Eric was fantastic and the day with Eric could not have been more enjoyable. We were tied up in a busy area with other boats for the day and Eric was going out of his way to keep the boats together and safe and completely allow us to just enjoy the day. 100% would book through them again.
Rick and Stefanie were the perfect hosts to our group of 20 celebrating a birthday party. Excellent communication that made the entire experience seamless and fun. I would highly recommend booking with them and will be sure to contact them in the future should I ever be making another reservation on Lake Travis
We had a great time on Frank’s boat and his service is excellent!! Frank is so helpful and professional about boat service!! Looking forward to having more time on the lake by using Frank’s boat again !!
Great experience! Loved that we were able to book 6 hours and able to decide ourselves what the timeframe would be instead of what the boat owner offered. Pick up and drop off was very smooth and excellent communication when booking and the day of. A great time was had by all!! Thank you!
Simon was super responsive and flexible and our captain Dominic was amazing and extremely accommodating. Loved the experience; I will definitely rent from Simon again!
A sprawling reservoir of the Colorado River just west of Austin, Texas, Lake Travis was formed in the 1940s with the construction of the Mansfield Dam.
It quickly became a vital water source for the city of Austin — and now, it has become the go-to spot for boat parties (especially for the city’s many, many bachelor parties and bachelorette parties), as well as weekend water sports, fishing, and general relaxing. No wonder it’s one of the most well-regarded and popular water destinations in all of Texas.
It’s no secret that Austin, Texas has experienced a growth explosion over the past decade, and with it has come an explosion of interest in experiencing Lake Travis, especially during the summer months. Luckily, the lake offers 30 square miles of opportunities for boating, water sports, fishing, and more. It’s a top destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties, and with the high temperatures experienced in Texas during the summer months, it’s an essential place to visit to beat the heat.
The average rental duration for GetMyBoat bookings on Lake Travis — perfect for a long and leisurely party.
May to September rentals account for 87% of all GetMyBoat trips in Austin, though the weather allows for year-round boating.
Like most places, summer is definitely the peak season — especially so in Austin since cruising through the waters and jumping in for a swim is one of the best ways to beat the oppressive summer heat, where temperatures are routinely in the triple digits.
But luckily, you can enjoy boating on Lake Travis year-round. The spring and fall are still plenty warm and full of sunshine for extended days out on the water, and while Austin’s winter weather has a bit of chill in the mornings and evenings, there’s still enough sun and warmth to get out onto a boat during the daytime if you’re dedicated.
Our personal preference is the springtime, from April to June, which is when you’ll have bright sun and warm weather, but before the intense heat of the Texas summer sets in.
Lake Travis tends to be quite warm, ranging in the high 70ºs up to 80º or so at the peak of late summer. In the springtime, it’s in the lower 70ºs, with a more refreshing feel. And then there’s a sharp drop-off in the wintertime, when the water temperature will get down to 60º or even lower.
Water temp.72 °F
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An annual cinema fest spread out along the shores of Lake Travis, with screenings, Q&As, and more
Head out onto the water, or grab a seat at a lakeside restaurant, to catch the annual fireworks show explode into the Austin sky
Enjoy Austin’s relatively warm December weather while celebrating the season with this festival of holiday boating lights
Enjoy Austin’s famous live music while you enjoy some food & drinks at this iconic, sprawling restaurant and venue perched high above Lake Travis
Lake Travis offers a variety of different boat styles to rent, making it easy to find the ideal vessel for a day on the water. Pontoons, powerboats, wake boats for water sports, and even houseboats for overnight adventures on the water are available.
A yacht is a larger sailing or power vessel that can be used for racing or pleasure cruising.
A flattish boat that relies on two floats for buoyancy. Pontoons are great for casual cruising, sandbar stops, swimming off the sides and for groups partying in Austin. It can be a really budget-friendly boating option.
A houseboat is a boat that has been designed to have all the comforts of home - including bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and living area.
A wake boat (sometimes called a ski boat) is a style of powerboat that is most often used for enjoying water sports like wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakesurfing, kneeboarding, and more.
A sailboat is a vessel with sails that relies on wind power and/or sometimes also has a backup motor. Sailboats come in a huge variety of styles and sizes.
A catamaran can be power or sail-powered and is a vessel with two parallel hulls. Catamarans get their stability from the wide beam across the hulls. Catamarans are great party boats and for staying overnight on the water in Austin.
A fishing boat is any vessel that is designed for fishing. They can have flat bottoms for inshore angling or be large charter boats used for deep-sea fishing.
A fast and fun way to explore the local waters, jet skis (or PwC, personal watercraft) come in single-, two-, and even three-seat styles and can be used for all kinds of water sports and tours.
Lake Travis and the surrounding Austin shores have so much to offer — where to even begin planning your itinerary when you’re in town? Here’s a start. We’ve pulled some of our favorite local spots for every aspect of an Austin trip, like boat-up restaurants to experience the “dock & dine” lifestyle. And that’s to say nothing of all the amazing boating destinations, spread all throughout the surrounding area.
Arguably the most iconic establishment on the lake, this massive restaurant is known for having amazing food, live music, and being the best spot to watch the sunset on the lake. Indulge in some nachos and margaritas after a day of boating, admiring the sunset and listening to local bands.
Located at the Volente Beach Resort, this restaurant offers casual upscale dining, with menu highlights including the best burgers on the lake, pizza, wings, and fresh salads. With an on-site waterpark, this is a great place to visit if you’re at Lake Travis with kids.
Park your boat in a dock slip and come into Shack 512 for a laidback Lake Travis dining experience. They are best known for their burgers, and the patio is dog friendly. Enjoy a sunset on the massive deck with a beer or cocktail in hand.
Vincent’s is at the Emerald Point Marina on Lake Travis and it offers a pleasant atmosphere for sipping a margarita while overlooking the lake. Try the fried catfish or come for the live music. Vincent’s has everything you need for a relaxing evening on the lake.
A cozy bed-and-breakfast property that’s exceptionally boat-friendly, with private lake access, ramp, and two private docks for guests and boats. They have multiple suits and a larger house you can rent, all of which put you in a terrific position for a long day of Lake Travis boating — followed by relaxing back at your accommodations once the day is through.
Put your feet up and relax in this indulgent destination with a multi-tiered pool and patio set right up against the shores of Lake Travis. Their location is ideal for boaters, given that the Lakeway Marina is located right on the hotel’s property — so you can go from a morning spa session to an al fresco poolside lunch to an afternoon cruise around the lake, all from your accommodations.
Known for great camping opportunities and hiking trails, Pace Bend Park offers beautiful views of Lake Travis. It’s known for cliff jumping, bike trails, and horseback riding trails. There is a boat ramp and bathrooms scattered throughout the park too.
As the only public park where it’s legally recognized as clothing-optional, Hippie Hollow is a free-spirited place to check out on Lake Travis. There’s a public beach and swimming area, best enjoyed by boat since walking it can be a bit rocky. Since it’s a nudist area, it’s an 18+ public space on Lake Travis, and it costs $8 to enter the public park area. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen!
Located in Leander, Lake Travis Waterloo Adventures is an on-water theme park that is fun for both kids and adults alike. It’s a floating water park and obstacle course, providing a fun way to enjoy the lake. If you prefer to kick back and relax while your kids play in the park, there are lakefront umbrellas, chaise loungers, hammocks, and floating picnic table to accomodate you. Here you can also enjoy an on-site food truck, drinks, and beach games. They have free lockers to store your belongings too.
Looking to party while on your Lake Travis boat day? Head to Devil’s Cove. This spot is well-known for boats tying up for all-day parties on the water. The best way get the Devil’s Cove experience is with a captained charter - local boat captains who have years of experience and familiarity with Lake Travis will know exactly where to go to anchor the boat. Bring the floaties, drinks, music, and sunscreen to enjoy your party at Devil’s Cove.
Pontoons are the most popular style of boat to rent on Lake Travis. Their large deck space, comfortable seating, and stable cruising abilities make them the perfect watercraft for a day of exploring the lake. They are budget-friendly and perfect for hosting a special celebration like a bachelor or bachelorette party. Pontoon rentals on Lake Travis typically cost between $125-200/hour, and can come with or without a captain for your convenience. Want to literally take your pontoon rental to the next level? Rent a double-decker pontoon on Lake Travis. These boats come not only with a top deck so you can catch the rays, but often they have a waterslide feature to make your boat day extra fun.
For visitors (or locals) on Lake Travis looking for a little more speed during their boat day, a powerboat or wake boat (sometimes called a ski boat) is the ideal choice for a rental. Enjoy water sports, cruise at a higher speed, cover more ground on the lake, and have a fun day on a sleek boat. You can even book boats specifically for wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and other water sports lessons to learn a new skill while enjoying Lake Travis.
Looking to host an event or splash out on a fancy boat day on Lake Travis? Luxury yacht charters will be your best bet. Climb aboard a yacht with a professional captain to show you around the highlights of the lake. Yachts range in price from $250-$400/hour on average, and they are a great option for hosting special events on Lake Travis.
Jet skiing is a fast-paced, exciting way to see Lake Travis. A personal watercraft can give you the freedom to check out various beaches and coves, stop at waterfront restaurants, and so much more. It’s great for a cheap, adrenaline-fueled day on the water. Most jet ski rentals on Lake Travis are available hourly and they are a super affordable way to get on the water. Find a jet ski rental from $75/hour on Lake Travis, and even consider booking a jet ski tour so a local guide can take you around the best spots on the lake. You can also enjoy watersports (which are very popular on Lake Travis) by jet ski.
Since Austin has recently become a top destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties, Lake Travis has grown in popularity for celebrating these events. Since Texas is home to a hot sun for a majority of the year, a boat day can be the perfect way to cool off (and recover) after a late night at the bars partying. A captained charter can provide all the key elements of a bachelor or bachelorette party on Lake Travis - whether you want to have a relaxing float in a quiet bay, tie up with other boats and meet new people at a boat party in Devil’s Cove, or check out waterfront restaurants, let a Lake Travis boat captain help create the perfect activity for your special weekend in Austin.
Want to celebrate a birthday on the water? Lake Travis has many amazing boat charters available for a fun birthday boat party. Skip the candles but bring the cake, drinks, and your favorite people onboard a pontoon or a motor yacht to cruise while celebrating another year around the sun.
Have a special anniversary or an annual family reunion you need to plan for? Why not take it on the water? Boat rentals are a great choice for a multi-generational outing - kids can enjoy fun activities like swimming and fishing, and grandparents or elderly family members can enjoy a comfortable seat on a covered boat deck to relax with their favorite people. Find the perfect pontoon or yacht to host your family onboard for a fun day on Lake Travis.
Looking to plan a company cruise? Look no further! Bring your work teammates on a boat charter to celebrate career milestones or other achievements at work. It’s an out-of-the-box experience that helps your team enjoy the best parts about being in Austin - the beautiful outdoors and lakes of Hill Country. Build morale and make memories wtih your coworkers on the water with a corporate boat charter. A team-building exercise is bound to be much more enjoyable when you’re cruising the waves.
Water sports are huge on Lake Travis. Here you will see dozens of people wakeboarding, wake surfing, waterskiing, and more, taking advantage of the wake of powerboats all over the lake. Learning how to enjoy these watersports is the first step - and lessons are available on Lake Travis for beginners. Find great deals on water sports lessons and equipment rentals to take your boat day to the next level.
A note: if you’re renting a boat through GetMyBoat, please contact the boat owner before utilizing any of the following services. They may have a preferred provider or the services may be covered through insurance or within your rental agreement.
23415-1 Pedernales Canyon Trail Spicewood, TX 78669 (512) 328-4869
16107 Farm to Market Road 2769 Leander, TX 78641 (512) 299-2424
2110 Ranch Rd 620 S #342634, Lakeway, TX 78734 (512) 626-3755
15801 FM2769, Leander, TX 78641 (512) 335-5421
5521 Hiline Rd, Austin, TX 78734 (512) 790-2628
16120 Wharf Cove, Volente, TX 78641 (512) 258-9662
6612 Lantern View Dr, Jonestown, TX 78645 (512) 267-6222
21000 State Hwy 71, Spicewood, TX 78669 (512) 264-3775
205 Westwater Ct, Leander, TX 78645 (325) 718-2170
6410 Hudson Bend Rd, Austin, TX 78734 (512) 266-3290
Renting a boat on Lake Travis starts at $65 an hour for a small ski boat and goes up to $450 an hour for a luxury motor yacht.
No, Lake Austin is not the same as Lake Travis. Lake Travis is a much larger lake that measures roughly 60 miles with lots of coves and great places to anchor and relax. While Lake Austin is a constant level lake or more of a river that is fed from the flow of Lake Travis.
The water temperature of Lake Travis varies but is usually between 40-55° F in the winter months (Nov-March) and 70-85° F in the summer months (April-October).
Devils Cove is the best place for boat parties. Pace Bend Park is great for stopping for a swim, as there are miles of shoreline to explore and even cliffs to enjoy cliff jumping.
Boating season on Lake Travis starts mid-March depending on the weather and can run all the way through October.
Boats listed on GetMyBoat on Lake Travis offer boat rentals with or without a captain. You can always communicate with the boat owner through GetMyBoat before confirming your booking to ensure your captain and crew needs are met.
Boat rental prices in Austin vary significantly. You can find boat rentals in Austin starting at $50 per hour. Luxury yacht charters can cost up to several thousand for a day of cruising with captain and crew.
Many boat rentals and charters include the use of floating toys like lily pads, inflatable unicorns, and other items that are perfect for a swimming stop to relax in the water. If you’re hoping to have a float day in addition to your boat day, check the boat listing’s description and ask the boat captain or owner if they have floating toys that are included before confirming your booking.
Boat rentals are typically offered with or without a captain. You can always communicate with the boat owner before confirming your booking to ensure your captain and crew needs are met.
Most boats will have a sound system with either an AUX or Bluetooth connection which will allow you to play your own music. It is always best to check with the captain on the specifics prior to booking, but plan on creating the perfect boat-day playlist to bring on board.
To rent a boat in Austin you must be 18 years of age and have completed a boater safety education course. If you have a boating license from another state, this can apply to the requirements to rent a boat in Austin.
Boat license rules in Texas and Austin depend on your age. If you were born after 1988 you will need to complete a boat safety education course and receive a safety identification card. Check out Boat-Ed for more information on earning a boat safety card so you can rent a boat in Texas.
A Boater Education Card will cost anywhere from $0-$50 depending on the type of test you take and if you want your ID card professionally printed.
A Boating Safety Education Identification Card has no expiration date, however, the temporary safety course certificate (proof of online course completion that you can print out and use before the ID card comes) expires after 90 days.
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