Here is our list of the best parks on Lake Travis. The Lower Colorado River Authority and Travis County Parks operate 15 parks on the reservoir. 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
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
Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point
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: barbecue grills, boat ramp (restricted to non-motorized watercraft), drinking fountains, enclosed pavilion (by reservation), shade covered picnic tables, restrooms, sand volleyball courts, showers.
The Bob Wentz Pavilion: The pavilion has an outstanding view of Lake Travis with windows and French doors on all sides. There is a covered walkway around the perimeter and plenty of trees for shade and privacy. There are several six-foot long tables with about 20-25 chairs. The pavilion can accommodate about 40 people. The pavilion has a ceiling fan, electrical outlets, a fireplace, (users must bring their own firewood) and a sink with running water. Note: There is no air conditioning in the pavilion. The pavilion is wheelchair accessible with parking nearby.
Reservation for the pavilion are required. Call our headquarters at (512) 854-PARK (7275) Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm to check on availability; however, no reservations are taken by phone. Pavilion fees may be paid by mail or in person. 700 Lavaca, 5th Floor Ste 540, Austin, TX 78701
Cancellations must be made at least 12 business days before the event to receive a refund.
Where: 7144 Comanche Trail
Phone: (512) 854-7275
Hippie Hollow Park
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.
Where: 7000 Comanche Trail
Phone: (512) 854-7275
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
Primitive campsites with picnic tables, barbecue grills, fire rings, and plenty of trees for shade and privacy are scattered along the cliffs and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The east and north sides of Pace Bend offer more gentle, sloping shorelines with sandy and gravel beaches, providing easy access to the lake for families with young children and people with disabilities. Numerous primitive campsites can be found among the oak and mesquite trees and all are within a short walk to the lake. Camping on the beach is also permitted. Please note that primitive camping permits do not include shower privileges. Waterless toilets are available.
Pace Bend offers 20 improved campsites, with water and electrical hook-ups, showers and restrooms. These sites are all located on the east side of the park just above Levi Cove, within easy walking distance to the lake. They feature plenty of shade trees and flat, grassy areas for tent camping. All sites are back-ins only.
Reservations, though not required, are recommended, as improved campsites tend to fill up quickly. For holidays and summer weekends, we suggest that you make reservations in advance. Please note that we charge by the vehicle, not by the site, so that carpooling will save you money. A maximum of two vehicles may occupy a site. Overflow parking is available.
In an effort to allow all park visitors to enjoy their stay at Pace Bend, we suggest that all overnight campers arrive by 10 pm and keep vehicle traffic to a minimum after dark. If you have an improved camping reservation and will be arriving after 10 pm, please call the park to let us know. Quiet hours are strictly enforced between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am. All radios and generators must be turned off at this time. Ground fires are permitted, as seasonal conditions allow. However, the cutting or gathering of firewood, including kindling, is prohibited in all Travis County Parks.
Where: 2011 Pace Bend Rd N
Phone: (512) 264-1482