in the Highland Lakes of Central Texas
Lake Travis starts after the Max Starke dam just east of Marble Falls, Texas and winds its way through the central Texas Hill Country for 65 miles to western Travis County northwest of Austin. It is the longest of the 7 Highland Lakes and a very popular boating and sailing lake.
At the widest point the lake is 4.5 miles wide and has 270 miles of shoreline. Lake Travis is the fifth lake down in the chain of Highland Lakes on the Colorado River in central Texas.
Lake Travis is ideal for all types of boating.
There are four communities located around the shores of Lake Travis. On the south side of Lake Travis, closer to Austin, on Highway 620 is the Golfing community of Lakeway.
On the north side of the lake are two communities; Lago Vista, another Golfing community, and Jonestown. Both of these communities are on Highway 1431.
On the northwest side of Lake Travis is the community of Briarcliff. It is directly across the lake from Lago Vista. It can be reached by taking Hwy 2322 east from Highway 71.
Entrance to Lakeway from Hwy 620
Lakeway and Lago Vista are both nice communities for both golf and retirement. Both communities are an easy half hour to 45 minute drive to Austin. They are located in the rolling hills of the central Texas Hill Country which offers fantastic views of the lake and the surrounding hills.
Condos in Lakeway with lake view
There are many nice homes, condos and building lots in the communities around Lake Travis that offer outstanding views of the lake and the hill country.
You will see all kinds of boats on Lake Travis.Until recently the dam was part of Hwy 620 and traffic drove over the top of the dam. A large bridge has now been built to route the traffice on Hwy 620 down below the dam.
The Joseph J. Mansfield Dam
to the northwest of Austin was
finished in 1941 to form Lake Travis.
A caution about some dangers of Lake Travis, click here.
Photo taken from below the dam
Services Available around Lake Travis:
White Owl Retreat - Cabin on Lake Travis
This charming cabin is located on 5 beautiful waterfront acres on Lake Travis. This recently, completely renovated cabin has a large covered back porch with a view of the lake, a fireplace and more. Enjoy nature at its best at this delightful cabin.
Spillar Boat Docks - Spicewood, TX - near Austin
If you are looking for a floating dock, deck, boat lifts and personal watercraft lifts, Spillar Boat Docks is the place to call. Their family operated business has been building boat docks since 1945 in the Highland Lakes area.
Lago Vista Golf Club
Lago Vista Golf Club combines breath-taking scenery with incredible golf. This par 72 18-hole championship golf course designed by architect David Bennett, offers over 6500 yards of challenging play. Lago Vista sits peacefully on the North shore of Lake Travis and has been a premier golf resort for over twenty years.
Lakeway Golf Club
The Lakeway Golf Club is located in Lakeway near Lake Travis. They have two 18 hole courses: the Live Oak and the Yaupon. They are located approximately 3 miles apart, each with snack bar and grill areas available.
Austin Hotel ReservationsLCRA Parks on Lake Travis:
Bob Wentz at Windy Point
Map of Lake Travis
Buchanan | Inks Lake | Lake LBJ
Lake Marble Falls | Lake Austin | Town Lake
Visitors since 7/17/04: