Renting a Boat Slip on Lake Travis

Boating on Lake Travis

With more than 63 miles of navigable water, Lake Travis provides a tremendous variety of opportunities for boating, water skiing, swimming and sightseeing. Renting a boat slip at a nearby Lake Travis marina enables you to take advantage of the lake’s proximity to Austin, Cedar Park, Lakeway and Steiner Ranch. In addition to local residents, people come from all over Texas and surrounding states to utilize the lake for water skiing, parasailing, wake boarding, fishing, sailing and cruising. 

Lake Travis is man-made, created by the damming of the Colorado River in 1937. It runs between the Max Starke Dam in Marble Falls all the way to Mansfield Dam, just northwest of Austin. Communities along the shoreline include Cedar Park, Lakeway, Spicewood, Briarcliff and Marble Falls. When full at 681’ above Mean Sea Level (MSL), Lake Travis is 210 feet deep and contains more than 382 Billion gallons of water.

Trailers vs. Boat Slips

One of the decisions Austin boaters need to make is the choice between trailering and keeping the boat at a slip at a marina or yacht club. Trailers are fairly popular for small fishing boats, sailing dinghys and PWCs. They enable owners to keep their boats at home (HOA and neighborhood restrictions permitting) for cleaning and maintenance. And if you plan to take your powerboat or jet ski to distant locations (lakes, rivers or the Gulf), trailering is an obvious way to go.

But a trailer can be problematic for Lake Travis, because the public boat ramps are shut down when the water level falls below 630’ above MSL. And, even if the ramps are open, there are usually long lines and long waits to launch and haul boats at these public boat launch areas. Added to the inconvenience of having to haul your boat and trailer to the lake, back down a narrow ramp, find a parking space for the trailer (and reverse the process when you’re done), dealing with a trailer can be a nuisance; and it consumes a lot of time you’d rather be spending out on the water.

Choosing a Boat Slip on Lake Travis

Compared to trailering, a boat slip is much more convenient -- and can save you time and money. With a boat slip, you’ll have an easy drive to the marina, use less gas, and get out on the water faster. And, at the end of a great boating day, there’s less work to do before you can go out to dinner or return home. Here are a few of the major factors to consider when looking for a boat slip and marina.
  • Location: Boat slip in a marina close to your home – and favorite boating spots
  • Covered vs. Uncovered Slips: Covered boat slip helps protect your boat from the hot Texas sun
  • Boat Lift: Keeps the boat’s bottom clean. Most marinas have lifts for rent or purchase
  • Utilities and Amenities: It’s convenient to have electricity and water available at the boat slip
  • Security: A gated entrance, night watchman and video surveillance to protect your investment
  • Lake Access: Good dock separation and unobstructed path from boat slip to the main channel
  • Parking: Ample parking space with short easy walk (with your gear) to the dock
  • Cost: Total annual cost including boat slip rental fee, utilities and trailer storage 
The best Austin-area marinas offer all the above features, and can provide a boat slip with the conveniences you need at an affordable price. We’re confident you’ll be able to find a great marina and boat slip deal, and look forward to seeing you out having fun on Lake Travis!
Lake Travis Marinas




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Covered Boat Slip