Boating on Lake Travis

Boating on Lake Travis — Fishing, Water Skiing and Cruising

West Beach Marina — 17317 West Beach Road — Austin, Texas 78734 — (512) 266-2277


Boating on Lake Travis

Enjoy Lake Travis Boating in Austin, TX

When it comes to fishing, water skiing and boating Lake Travis is easily the most popular waterway in Central Texas. There’s no better way to cool off on a hot Texas day than to go skiing, wakeboarding or just cruising around on Lake Travis. Boating is one of the most popular forms of Central Texas outdoor recreation. Some people elect to trailer their boats or jet skis; but if you’re boating on Lake Travis frequently, you may prefer to keep the boat at a convenient Lake Travis marina to maximize your time on the water.

Lake Travis’ boating population has increased significantly with the rapid growth of Austin. This is part of a nationwide surge in marine recreation and boat use on lakes, rivers and coastal waters. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, 88 million adults in the U.S. (37.8% of the population) participated in recreational boating in 2012, up 6% from 2011.


Sailing on Lake Travis (2011)

Water Levels on Lake Travis

Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis are the largest of the six man-made Highland Lakes which were created for flood control, power generation and water supply maintenance. The levels of Lakes Travis and Buchanan vary as their water is used to maintain the other lakes at a constant level, and provide water to Austin and downstream users. The fluctuating lake level makes Lake Travis boating interesting; but even during drought conditions, there is plenty of water for sailing and motorboating.

When the Lake Travis water level falls to 630’ above Mean Sea Level (MSL), the public boat ramps no longer reach the water’s edge, and people who trailer their boats can’t launch (or haul out) their watercraft. This has created an increasing demand for Lake Travis boat slip rentals. With the expected continuation of Central Texas drought conditions, renting boat slips will become even more popular.


Lake Travis Boats Near Iguana Grill

Lake Travis Marinas and Boat Slips

To address this great demand for aquatic recreation, the LCRA has licensed marinas to provide boat slips and marine services for Lake Travis boaters. Most boat slip rentals entail a yearly contract; and the monthly cost depends on the size of the marina slip, as well as the amenities available (covered slips, water, electricity, boat detailing and other marine services). Although Lake Travis boating extends throughout its nearly 64 mile length, most of the larger and well-equipped marinas are located towards the southeastern end of the lake near Austin.

Our marina is located at the end of Hudson Bend, just minutes from Lakeway and Steiner Ranch, and convenient to the most popular Lake Travis boating spots. We have plenty of parking, modern boat docks with a built-in breakwater, and a private boat ramp. This location gives our members easy access to the main channel, regardless of the water level.

Great days of boating on Lake Travis begin at West Beach Marina!

Call us today to learn about our FREE 1 MONTH SLIP RENTAL deal for new customers.

West Beach Marina — 17317 West Beach Road — Austin, Texas 78734 — (512) 266-2277