Here are the best parks on Lake Travis. There are 17 parks on Lake Travis. The parks are operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority, Travis County Parks, and private park owners. Several of these parks provide campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, boat ramps and opportunities for shoreline fishing. Entrance and/or launch fees are charged at some parks.
Each year, thousands of families and groups come west of Austin to enjoy the picturesque scenery and inviting clear waters of Lake Travis. More and more are discovering that Windy Point Park is a great place to relax and enjoy an outdoor meal, in the comfort of a beautiful picnic ground, without the crowds. Convenient to Austin, Windy Point Park is also a fun destination campground. Tent camping is primitive style, but the groomed lawn and abundant shade trees help to make it feel civilized. Clean restrooms, showers & dressing rooms are available for your comfort. Whether picnicking till sunset or camping overnight, Windy Point Park is a great place to rediscover some peace of mind.
Windy Point Park is one of the top diving “hot spots” in the Central Texas area. It has been recognized by various divers and instructors from all over the state. Locally, several Fire Rescue and Underwater Rescue Operations use Windy Point Park as a training ground to help save lives.
Windy Point offers a wealth of items to find, explore, and seek out in Lake Travis. Divers will find boat wrecks and unique metal sculptures of a scuba diver, a sea turtle, a shark and a manatee along with other interesting objects. There are some small boats, a larger sailboat, a Pinto, and more! ( See the detailed map. ). There are six platforms available for instructors to use for training.
Divers with advanced training and experience can enjoy the deep underwater canyon wall, plunging to depths well over 100 feet. Dress warmly however – the temperatures at that depth can differ 30 degrees from the surface
Arkansas Bend offers 18 improved campsites, each with water and 20/30/50 electrical hookups, a picnic table, barbecue grill, lantern hook, and a fire ring. There are 3 restroom facilities within Roadrunner Loop, supplying 10 individual bathroom and shower combo’s. The camping area is supported by camp hosts and is gated for entry of paid campers only. All sites are back-in only. Reservations are highly recommended, as sites are limited.
Parking is available on site. A maximum of two vehicles may occupy a site, with a maximum of 8 people per site. Overflow parking is available.
Ground fires are permitted, as seasonal conditions allow. However, the cutting or gathering of firewood, including kindling, is prohibited in all Travis County Parks. Please bring your own firewood.
Located in the basin area of Lake Travis in the scenic Hill Country of central Texas, Bob Wentz Park is a favorite location for water sports. The park’s facilities and close proximity to Austin (approximately one-half hour’s drive from downtown) make it attractive for picnicking, swimming, windsurfing, sailing, and scuba diving.
The shoreline areas (including a sandy peninsula known as “The Point”) are heavily used, while an adjacent 150-acre tract is maintained as a natural area. The park includes two sand volleyball courts, a shoreline walking path, a boat ramp, and a pavilion available for rent.
Amenities include: Barbecue grills, boat ramp (restricted to non-motorized watercraft), drinking fountains, enclosed pavilion (by reservation), shade covered picnic tables, restrooms, sand volleyball courts, showers.
At this 40-acre park located on the north shore of Lake Travis near Marble Falls, large pecan trees provide a canopy of shade. Guests can whip up a meal on the park’s grills and share stories around the fire rings.
Amenities include: 16 campsites, restroom (non-flushing), water recreation, boat ramp, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, swimming, outdoor recreation, picnicking.
Cypress Creek Park is located on Lake Travis in the scenic Hill Country of central Texas. This small, easy-to-reach park, within a 30-minute drive from downtown Austin, is a favorite spot for boating, picnicking, and fishing.
The main body of the park has a gently sloping waterfront. The boat ramp and cove provide easy access to the popular basin area of Lake Travis.
Amenities include: Barbecue grills, boat ramp, fishing, picnic tables, portable toilets.
Tucked off of Low Water Crossing Road, Fritz Hughes Park is a serene place to play, picnic, and enjoy views of Lake Austin.
Fritz Hughes Park is a small neighborhood park located below Mansfield Dam on Lake Austin. The 400-foot stretch of shoreline slopes upward to a wooded and grassy plateau used primarily for picnicking, fishing and basketball. Because of the narrow width of Lake Austin in this area, Fritz Hughes Park preserves much of the feel of the original steep-sloped Colorado River bottoms.
Amenities Include: Barbecue grills, basketball court (1), lake access, picnic tables, playground.
Located on Lake Travis near Lago Vista, this 508-acre day-use park features more than a mile of shoreline and two secluded coves. This park is ideal for fishing and picnicking.
Amenities include: Water recreation, boat ramp, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, swimmin. outdoor recreation, picnicking, facilities, restroom (flushing) at park entrance, restroom (non-flushing).
This 276-acre park is wrapped around an isolated cove on the south shore of Lake Travis. With 7 miles of wooded trails, Grelle Recreation Area is ideal for horseback riding and hiking. Picnic tables and grills are available at the park’s campsites.
Amenities include: 15 campsites, restroom (non-flushing), water recreation, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, swimming. outdoor recreation, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking.
Hippie Hollow Park lies in the basin area of Lake Travis in the Hill Country of central Texas, approximately one-half hour’s drive from downtown Austin. The Park features a steep, rocky shoreline and provides some spectacular views of Lake Travis. This heavily-used park, the only clothing optional public park in Texas, is popular for sunbathing and swimming.
Amenities: clothing optional, designated swimming area, nature/hiking trails, paved ADA accessible trail, restrooms, drinking water.
There are no lifeguards on duty. Hippie Hollow Park has a long tradition as the only clothing-optional public park in Texas. Entry to the park is restricted to those people 18 years and older. Please respect the privacy of other visitors and ask permission before taking photographs. Remember that nudity is acceptable, lewd behavior is not. Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the park and may not be left in unattended vehicles. Ground fires are prohibited in all day use parks. Glass containers and fireworks are prohibited in all Travis County parks. Public display of consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
Located on the north side of Lake Austin, adjacent to Mansfield Dam, this 62-acre day-use park is ideal for picnicking and swimming.
Amenities include: water recreation, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, swimming, outdoor recreation, picnicking, facilities, restroom (flushing).
Mansfield Dam Park
As its name suggests, Mansfield Dam Park is located adjacent to Mansfield Dam on the main body of Lake Travis and serves as one of the primary access points for boaters. Other popular attractions are picnicking, swimming, and sunbathing. The parks supports a wide array of amenities including scuba divers, swimmers, boaters, picnickers, and nature enthusiasts. Set back from the water’s edge, a central recreation area offers picnic sites, a playground, chess tables, and a panoramic view of the Lake Travis basin.
Still the deepest, most accessible boat ramp on Lake Travis, Mansfield Dam’s boat ramp (Lake Travis’ largest) is four wide with an adjoining wheelchair-accessible courtesy dock to make lake launching easy. Also, parking capacity has been increased to accommodate 112 trailer-towing vehicles.
The day use area of the park offers picnic tables with barbecue grills, including several with covered shelters, tucked amid the canopies of native trees. Picnic sites and lake access are easily reachable by strolling along the meandering hike and bike trail to the location of your choice.
Diving is almost as easy as stepping right from your car door into the lake. We have provided dive stairs, a wheelchair-accessible ramp, and a courtesy dive lift to ease the trek from hillside to lakeside. Underwater amusement has been enhanced by the addition of four underwater dive platforms at various lake levels. Also, an underwater trail and compass course will be laid out to connect dive attractions such as sunken boats, historic dam construction materials, and geological points of interest.
The western peninsula of Mansfield Dam park enjoys some of the most beautiful views of Lake Travis. Wander along our hike and bike trail to a peaceful pavilion surrounded by trees and vines. This is an excellent spot to appreciate the view, watch the wildlife, or read a book.
Amenities: barbecue grills, boat ramp – until Lake level reaches 636 feet, designated swim cove (boats prohibited), drinking water, picnic tables, restrooms, concessions, under water dive park, dive stairs and ADA lift, courtesy dock, playscape, covered shelters, hiking trail.
Where: 4370 Mansfield Dam Rd
Phone: (512) 854-3375
Mountain bike and hike to your heart’s delight at this 654-acre park that has 9.8 miles of trails. Take in the scenic lake views at the large, secluded campsites. Picnic tables and grills are available at the campsites.
Amenities include: Camping (34 campsites), outdoor shower at park entrance, restroom (non-flushing), restroom (flushing) at park entrance, 24-hour ice machine, water recreation, watercraft rentals, boat ramp, fishing, outdoor recreation, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, picnicking.
Have fun on the water at this day-use park with easy lake access. The park is equipped with a 24-hour access public boat ramp, ample parking and open picnic areas.
Amenities include: Water Recreation, boat ramp, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, outdoor recreation, picnicking, facilities, restroom (non-flushing).
Pace Bend Park
Pace Bend Park is located in far western Travis County in the Hill Country of central Texas. With more than nine miles of shoreline along scenic Lake Travis, Pace Bend is one of the most popular areas in the Highland Lakes region, offering visitors a wide range of recreational opportunities. The west side of the park features high, limestone cliffs and numerous rocky coves with some of the most impressive views available of Lake Travis, especially at sunset.
Most of Pace Bend Park is easily accessible by vehicle from the six-mile, paved roadway that loops the park. However, the interior of the park is managed as a wildlife preserve and can be reached by foot, bicycle, or horseback only. Numerous trails lead into the hills and provide excellent views of the lake and the Hill Country. This area serves as home to a large number of whitetail deer, raccoon, fox, ringtail cat, and dozens of bird species.
Amenities: improved campsites (20) with water, electrical hook-ups, showers, outhouse-style toilets, barbecue grills/fire rings, boat ramps (2), designated swim coves (no boats), drinking water, nature/hiking multiuse primitive trails, picnic tables, primitive campsites (400+), RV dump station, camping
Where: 2011 Pace Bend Rd N
Phone: (512) 264-1482
Sandy Creek Park, nestled into the basin area of Lake Travis, is an ideal 92 acre spot for swimming, nature walks, birding, camping, and fishing.
Amenities include: Boat ramp, barbecue grills, drinking water, fishing, picnic tables, primitive campsites (20), restrooms.
Saddle up or tighten your laces because this 508-acre park has diverse terrain great for both horseback riding and hiking. While you’re out exploring, take a moment to enjoy the scenic overlooks surrounding this lakeside park. Picnic tables and grills are available at the park’s campsites.
Amenities include: Camping (26 campsites), restroom (non-flushing), restroom (flushing) at park entrance, water recreation, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, swimming, outdoor recreation, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking.
This 1,146-acre park is located along the north Lake Travis shoreline. Picnic tables and grills are available at the park’s campsites.
Amenities include: Camping (29 campsites), restroom (non-flushing), restroom (flushing) at park entrance, water recreation, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, swimming, outdoor recreation, picnicking.