Lake Travis Guide
The Austinite's guide to the ultimate day on Lake Travis
Lake Travis is full once again and there is no better time to enjoy a day at the lake than right now. We’ve created five itineraries for all types of water enthusiasts, with options to fit all budgets.
Rent the luxurious Dream Catcher and start living the dream
This boat is designed for entertaining. With over 2500 square feet of deck and interior rooms, Dream Catcher is bigger than most Austin condos and many houses. With four bedrooms, two baths, gourmet kitchen, 50-inch flat screen plasma television with surround sound, grill area, hot tub, waterslide, jet skis, and on-board kayaks, you are all set to enjoy the lake while floating in the lap of luxury. The boat sleeps 10 comfortably and can host up to 50 guests.
Onboard services include concierge services such as grocery shopping and delivery, catering, private chefs and cooking, bartending, and limo service. For multiple-day trips the captain and crew bring you to one of the lake’s many secluded coves and return to bring you back on the last day of your excursion. The Dream Catcher is available for day and night cruises, day-long, weekend, and week-long rentals. Weekend rates (three days/two nights) start at $2995. Holiday weekends (four days/three nights) are $3995. Weekly rental is $4995.
For a more budget-friendly option check out a pontoon boat rental. With rentals starting at $110 an hour, you can entertain friends and family for a fraction of the cost. The new pontoon boats can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 16 people and have larger engines that will allow you to ski, kneeboard, or pull a tube. Depending on the model you rent, amenities include Bimini top, stereo system, wraparound seating and table, loungers, ski tow, and rear deck and boarding ladders.
In addition to Tritoon and Pontoon boats, VIP Marina also offers charters, party barges, houseboats, SeaDoos and jet skis, paddleboards, and competition and runabout ski boats.
Romance is in the air
If you would prefer to enjoy the lake without being on the lake, perhaps a romantic bed and breakfast would fit the bill. Robin’s Nest is the perfect escape to provide a short respite. Located a short 30-minute drive from downtown, Robin’s Nest sits on a secluded cove with a private dock perfect for swimming and fishing. The property is within walking distance of The Sail and Ski Yacht Club and the Sundancer Grill.
Accommodations include a renovated rock fishing cottage, a modern waterfront cottage, cozy rooms with a view, and serene and comfortable deluxe suites. Some accommodations are pet-friendly, and several include kitchens and kitchenettes. The property has a hot tub, fire pit, and roomy rockers to sit back and take in the beautiful setting. Best of all are the delicious breakfasts and service from your host, Robin Maisel Flynn and her staff.
If you are serious about landing a trophy bass, there is no way to experience a better day on the lake than with one of the best fishing guides around. Robert Brown, also known as BassMan, has been fishing since he was 4 years old and competes professionally. There are a variety of options for guided trips beginning at $300 for four-hour half day and $500 for full day outings.
Brown provides the boat, the tackle, and the secrets of the depths of Lake Travis leaving you to bring only sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, your choice of beverages, and a valid Texas fishing license. Trips are family-friendly and can accommodate up to three people. Before you know it that famous Guadalupe bass, the official state fish of Texas, will be mounted and hanging on the wall of your man cave.
Swim, sail, scuba, and camp
Founded in 1980 by Bob Barstow and his family, Windy Point Park is a hidden gem on Lake Travis. Open year-round, the park is located on Comanche Trail Drive just two miles below the Oasis Restaurant. The property is covered with shade trees, features a grassy lawn, and is perfect for a leisurely budget-friendly family outing.
The park offers picnic tables and areas, camping areas with fire pits, restrooms and changing facilities, concession area, free wireless internet access, protected swim and dive areas, onsite scuba air fills, and boat launch access. You can also rent kayaks, paddleboards, day-sailers, and Hobie Cats from Austin Sailboat Rentals located on the property. Windy Point day rates start at $8 per day, per person, and camping rates start at $10 per day. Boat launch is $10.