Lake Travis Lodging – An Official Visitor’s Guide

Lake Travis is probably the most visited of the Highland Lakes because of its proximity to Austin, TX. Its location and size make it a popular destination for aquatic sport enthusiasts, including boating, fishing, swimming and even scuba diving. Lake Travis is perfect for those seeking a more active environment and plenty to do, including waterside dining and plenty of activities for adults and kids, as well as easy access to the Austin amenities.

For visitors with GPS devices, this area of Lake Travis’ coordinates are: 30.464063-98.083878

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A Little Lake Travis History

Lake Travis begins as not much more than a river as it snakes it way from Burnet County through Travis County and onwards toward Austin over 63 miles of Texas Hill Country, widening and deepening as it progresses. It was created with the construction of Mansfield Dam, built from 1937 to 1941 by the Lower Colorado River Authority. One of its primary functions is flood control, with the water level constantly changing depending on the weather and flood conditions. The Mansfield Dam is the only dam in the Highland Lakes that was built specifically to contain the floodwaters of the lower Colorado Basin (up to 260 billion gallons of flood water).

This lake also provides water for the Austin metropolitan area and irrigation water for farmers downstream, generates electricity, and provides water recreation for a number of Central Texans. Lake Travis also boasts some of the clearest water of any of the Highland Lakes.

Today, Lake Travis one of the most widely visited in the chain of 6 called the Highland Lakes, , which also includes Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, and Lake Austin.

Learn more about Lake Travis and it’s surrounding areas in this episode of The Daytripper:

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Lake Travis offers a number of lodging options near the lake, but waterfront inns are less common at this lake. However, there are a number of small, cozy bed and breakfasts, perfect for romantic getaways, as well as cabins and vacation home rentals for groups and families. House boats are another unique option for lodging accommodations on Lake Travis. The beautiful Lake Travis surroundings coupled with the nearby amenities and activities make it a great getaway destination.


Lake Travis Ranch House

Spicewood, Texas 78669
Phone: 512-394-3524


On 6 acres, this Spicewood vacation home rental features a theatre room, pool, beach area on Lake Travis

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Spicewood Cottage

1100 Rustic Lane, Spicewood, TX 78669


Cozy 1/1 guest cottage with queen size bed, twin sleeper sofa, private bath

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Chanticleer Log Cabin

PO Box 232, Spicewood, Texas 78669
Phone: 830-693-4269


Beautifully restored log cabin on Lake Travis ranch in Spicewood

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Creek Side Camp and Cabins

222 Hatchett Hill, Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Phone: 830-693-5979


Beautiful place to rest, relax and rejuvenate. We offer uniquely decorated cabins at an affordable price.

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Isaac Millsap Vacation Home

Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Phone: 512-755-0937


Newly remodeled 7/4 home comfortably sleeps up to 16.

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Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast

1455 Cimarron Ranch Rd., Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Phone: 830-798-0818


Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast

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The Farr Side on Lake Travis

Hwy. 1431 West, Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Phone: 512-345-6374


2 spacious homes on 250 ft waterfront of Lake Travis. 5/4 main house is great for family retreats.

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Balcones Springs Retreat and Conference Center

14425 E. FM 1431, Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Phone: 830-693-6639


44 cozy, country style guest cabins.

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Camp Balcones Springs

104 Camp Balcones Springs Dr., Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Phone: 1-800-485-5151


Children's sports and adventure summer camp.

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1741 CR 343, Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Phone: 650-321-9246


Athentic 1850's log cabins on 3 private acres of Lake Travis. Huge gourmet kitchen, large porch overlooks lake.

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Lake Travis Boat Rentals

You’ll have plenty of options for Lake Travis boat rentals! There are rental facilities on all sides of the lake, so you should be able to find a nearby rental location no matter where you are staying. Aquatic rentals include motor boats, pontoon boats, jet skis, party boats and house boats. You can also rent water skiing, wake boarding and inner tube equipment. You’re bound to find something to guarantee hours of fun at Lake Travis.

Fishing on Lake Travis

Much like the other Highland Lakes, Lake Travis provides fishermen with ample opportunity to fish for a variety of species. Lake Travis has solid populations of Large Mouth and Guadalupe Bass, Catfish, White Bass and Sunfish. It also has fair conditions for Striped Bass and occasionally Crappie can also be found in the lake too. For more fishing tips and fishing conditions at Lake Travis, please visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife web site. Fisherman that want to be lead directly to the best fishing spots can hire fishing guides to lead them to the best locations.

Bass Man Austin
(512) 658-5530
Guide service for fishing on Central Texas lakes
Git Bit Guide Service
(512) 773-7401
Professional guide service for Lake Buchanan fishing.

Lake Travis Parks

Lake Travis boasts a number of parks and a wide range of recreational activities. There are 14 LCRA parks and recreation areas on Lake Travis. These parks feature different amenities including camping, picnicking, boat launches, volleyball courts, hiking, horse back riding and windsurfing. For those who prefer more freedom, Hippie Hollow is the only "clothing optional" beach in all of Texas.


Additional Fun on Lake Travis

Lake Travis offers some unusual recreation opportunities that are a real treat.

For the more adventurous, parasailing or sunrise balloon rides may be exciting options. For special events, a river boat charter service is available for groups up to 250 people.

Wine lovers will enjoy the nearby vineyards and wine tasting at Spicewood Vineyards. For some of the best sunset views in all of Texas, The Oasis provides spectacular seating for the sunsets, live music and a full service.

Map of the North End of Lake Travis

Below is a map of northern Lake Travis. You can use your cursor to move around the map and scroll in and out. To view the information of each business, simply click on the icons. Be sure to verify directions with the business or lodging owners as some of the icons are only intended to show general locations.

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Northern Lake Travis Tourism/Government Offices

Please feel free to contact any of these Lake Travis government offices with any questions you may have. For help making reservations at any one of Northern Lake Travis' lodging properties, please contact the Burnet County Tourism Director.


County of Burnet
220 South Pierce St.
Burnet, Texas 78611
(512) 756-5420

Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce
1415 RR 620 South
Suite 202
Austin, Texas 78734

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
(800) 792-1112
Burnet County Tourism
810 Steve Hawkins Parkway, Suite 4
Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Lower Colorado River Authority
P.O. Box 220
Austin, TX 78767

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LCRA Headquarters
3700 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703
(512) 473-3200

Texas Department of Transportation
125 East 11th St.,
Austin, TX 78701
(800) 558-9368

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Couldn't find what you were looking for in our Guide to Lake Travis? Check out what the other cities in Burnet County have to offer. Visit our travel guides for Bertram, Burnet, Granite Shoals, Kingsland, Marble Falls, and Spicewood.


If you'd prefer a lakeside vacation, see our travel guides for Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, and Lake LBJ.


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