A visitors guide and community guide for
the Texas Hill Country

Lake Travis

Lake Travis near Austin, Texas

Lake Travis is the fifth lake down in the chain of Highland Lakes on the Colorado River in central Texas. Starting at Austin, Lake Travis winds its way northwest through the central Texas Hill Country for over 60 miles.  It is the longest of the 7 Highland Lakes and is very popular for boating.  At the widest point the lake is 4.5 miles wide.

boating on Lake Travis
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.

houses along shore of Lake Travis

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 Photo
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 on Lake Travis
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.

Boating, fishing and golf are very popular around Lake Travis.

boating on Lake Travis  sailboat on Lake Travis
You will see all kinds of boats on Lake Travis.

Mansfield Dam Sign The Joseph J. Mansfield Dam
to the northwest of Austin was
finished in 1941 to form 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.

Mansfield Dam Photo
Photo taken from below the dam

Services Available around Lake Travis

The Oasis - overlooking Lake Travis
The Sunset Capital of Texas. Dining, music, weddings, breweries, and shopping, all with a breathtaking view of 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.

Lake Travis Map
Map of Lake Travis


Austin, Texas, weather forecast

Vacation Rentals
Lake Houses, Cabins For Rent and RV Spaces needed.

Our viewers are looking for vacation rentals on Lady Bird Lake.
If you have a vacation rental, we can bring you a lot of renters. 

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