Lake Travis Marinas

Lake Travis Marinas in Austin Texas

Compared to other Lake Travis marinas, West Beach Marina (WBM) provides much more value and convenience. This is a result of our location, modern facilities and dedication to giving our members the best possible boating experience.

  • Modern, well maintained boat docks, facilities and security systems
  • Most boater-friendly and convenient marina on Lake Travis
  • Close to Lakeway, Steiner Ranch, Cedar Park and Austin
  • Best value for boat slip rentals, private boat ramp (members-only)

New members get 1 MONTH FREE SLIP RENTAL – Call Today!

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

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How Lake Travis Marinas Adapt to Low Water Conditions

Lake Travis has a variable water level that depends on the amount of rainfall the watershed receives. And the amount of water the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) discharges downstream from Mansfield Dam. During the 2013-2015 drought, the level fell to 626’ above Main Sea Level (MSL). And weather experts forecast similar drought conditions in the future. The ability of your chosen marina or boatyard to accommodate varying water levels will have a major impact on how much you enjoy boating.

Whenever the water level falls below 640′ above MSL, many Lake Travis’ marina managers have problems keeping their docks separated. As the water recedes, there is less space for the dock and breakwater structures, and they have to be crowded together. Boatyards  located in steep canyons or shallow creeks suffer more than those residing on the main channel of the river. The crowding makes it more difficult to get in and out of our uncovered and covered boat slips. Cramped conditions also increase the likelihood of collisions and groundings. The shallow water and close quarters are especially troublesome for larger powerboats or sailboats with a deep draft.

Challenges for Marinas on Lake Travis

Large variations in water levels mean that fixed-level piers and wharves won’t work. All boat slips need to be on floating docks and secured to the shoreline with floating walkways. As the lake recedes, breakwaters and dock structures are moved to deeper water. This necessitates longer walkways — and moving the heavy concrete anchors farther from the shore. Electrical and plumbing lines need to be extended to continue providing electricity and potable water at the slips.

As the lake’s level continues to fall, some marinas run out of room. So they disconnect their docks from the shore, and move them way out into the main channel of the Colorado River. Their customers are obliged to wait for a shuttle boat to get from the beach to the dock. And there is no electricity or clean water at the boat slips. Under these conditions, their docks are well below the level of the parking lot, restrooms and other marina facilities. Their customers are saddled with a long steep climb (with gear and guests) up and down winding ramps and stairways. These kind of challenges at our competitors’ Lake Travis marina facilities take a lot of fun out of the boating experience.

Convenient West Beach Marina – Lake Travis

In contrast with less well-situated facilities, WBM boat berths are always accessible — regardless of the water level. Our gently sloping site on the north end of Hudson Bend enables us to keep our docks in deep water with plenty of maneuvering room for the boats. When the water level recedes, we just move the docks out into deeper water.

Even when the lake is low, our flat terrain enables members and guests to drive down to the water’s edge to park. Our docks remain connected to the shore — along with all utilities. We retain the same dock spacing, with plenty of maneuvering room and easy access to the main channel. Our customers have the same short, flat walk to their boats. It’s still easy for West Beach members to carry their gear to and from the docks. Your crew and guests will be a lot happier than the folks at another marina on Lake Travis.

Advantages of Our Hudson Bend Location

We consider the lake ‘full’ at 681′ above MSL. Obviously, boating is most enjoyable when it’s above 670′. But we have plenty of navigable water at 644′. Even at 623′ (only 1/3 full), Travis contains 123.2 billion gallons! For comparison, this is 15 times more than Lake Austin. We have a lot more room for boating, water skiing and wake boarding. WBM’s location on wide-open flat terrain next to the main channel enables us to easily move our docks out into deeper water as the lake level drops. Unlike the typical marina or boat club on Lake Travis, we still have electrical power on our docks after they are relocated.

After we move our docks, WBM members can still drive down to the waterfront to park. And they have the same short walk to their boat slips. We keep the same dock spacing we had at the 670′ level. So there’s still plenty of room for maneuvering in and out of your slip — and easy access to the channel. Devil’s Cove is even closer!

Boating is Fun at West Beach Marina!

Our members do not suffer from the drought-induced issues described above. As the water level declines, we just move our docks out a little farther. The boat slips remain connected to the shore, and we have electricity and water on the docks. It’s still just a short flat walk from the parking area to your boat. WBM members get to spend more of their valuable time on the water — and less time and effort getting from the parking area to their boat slips.

No problem parking, no boat shuttles, and no steep stairs to climb with your gear.

We’re just a short drive from Austin TX and the communities of Cedar Park, Lakeway, Steiner Ranch and West Lake Hills. Call today to learn more about our boat slips, facilities and happy boaters!

If you’re looking to switch marinas, we’ll make this easy for you: 1 MONTH FREE BOAT SLIP RENTAL! And if you have a boat lift, we can help you get it moved.

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

The most convenient of the Lake Travis marinas with easy access to deep water regardless of the lake level -- Call (512) 266-2277
17317 West Beach Road
Austin, TX
Phone: (512) 266-2277

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