The Best Boat Hire in Austin, TX
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What to know about renting a boat in Austin, TX
Austin boasts outdoor recreation opportunities including pontoon party boats, wakeboarding,hiking, picnicking, swimming, bird watching, canoeing, and kayaking. Visitors can also enjoy sailing lessons, private boat charters, and jet skiing. Whether you’re looking for something low-key or something more adventurous, Lake Travis is the place to be!
Here are some of our favorite things to do:
Go fishing. Anglers love Lake Travis fishing opportunities, particularly those who are trying to catch largemouth bass, catfish, white bass, and striped bass. Plan ahead for white bass season, which runs February to May! Recreational fishing is a popular pastime for locals and travelers alike, and all you need is a valid fishing license with a freshwater endorsement. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department charges $30 for the season, starting on August 31st of every year, though there are discounted options for seniors, active military personnel, special residents, and veterans too. If you’re under the age of 17 years, you don’t need a license. Looking to take a group out to experience the fun of fishing? Mark your calendar for the first Saturday in June – also known as the annual Free Fishing Day – then book your fishing charter.
Stay on a houseboat. Don’t want to drive back to Austin or can’t find the right lakeside house rental? Experience the water from a 360º perspective! There are many Lake Travis houseboat hire available, many of which are outfitted with luxurious bedrooms, big screen TVs, full kitchens, stereo systems, grills, and jet ski lifts.
Try out some of Austin's more unusual offerings. If you’ve never been to a nude beach, Austin presents you with the opportunity to do so – almost in your own backyard. Hippie Hollow is Texas’ only public, clothing optional park where you can go swimming, hike, and enjoy sunbathing without tanlines. Daily park entrance fees are $15 per car or $8 if you come by foot or bike. Another unique experience to try out is the Austin Salt Cave, which has been reported to have therapeutic effects for ailments and stress. The anti-gravity chairs and soothing pink-hued salt cave is certainly something to experience for yourself.
Austin Boating Safety Tips
With this lake being such a popular destination for families, groups, and more, it’s just as important to brush up on key safety skills as it is to pack sunscreen. When planning your boat hire, here are two key questions to consider:
Does everyone in your party have a personal flotation device (PFD)? Life jackets can go a long way in preventing drowning, and it’s absolutely essential that every adult, child, and animal has a properly fitting PFD. Children are some of the most at-risk individuals for drowning. When you’re booking through GetMyBoat, you can double check with your host that there are enough life jackets in a multitude of sizes for your group.
Do you know how to swim? Lake Travis is notoriously imbalanced, with shallow spots that make it tricky to navigate boats as well as very deep spots which can be dangerous for inexperienced swimmers. We suggest taking an open water swim class to brush up on skills, especially since lakes are quite different than pools. Local organization Colin’s Hope is a great resource for Lake Travis water safety, and many swim schools offer open water clinics to help you prepare for the water.
Just 30 minutes from downtown Austin, Lake Travis is a relaxing and idyllic destination for locals looking to escape the hustle and bustle. Known for its clear, clean waters, the lake also supplies vital water for the greater Austin metropolitan area.
We hope you’re ready to hire a boat and experience the water!
GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Austin.
Our group of 6 booked with Jordan for a day of wake surfing, wake skating and enjoying Lake Travis. The whole experience exceeded our expectations. The boat is top of the line, the lake was beautiful, Jordan is professional and a great captain. Most of us grew up on boats and were eager to get on the water. We felt at home with Jordan and had a great time. Highly recommend booking with him.
Would absolutely use again. Pickup was extremely convenient. Knew the lake and all the hot spots very well - took us to see the luxury houses, rope swing and to party cove. Also taught us how to wake surf and made our safety a Priority. Very accommodating - provided ice and coolers for us. Price couldn’t be beat! Boat was awesome. Highly recommend.
Our group had a great time with Kyle and his boat. Between tubing, boarding and relaxing in the cove, his boat is great for it all. I'd definitely recommend Kyle and his boat for an awesome time out on Lake Austin. Thanks for a memorable day!
Kyle took great care of us - prompt pickup, great communication and endless tubing session for the kids made for a super fun day on the water. Nice, spacious boat was perfect for our 2 families (9 people total). We will definitely be back!
Joe was great. Went above and beyond to ensure we were safe and had a unique experience on the lake. He took the time to teach a handful of us to get up on the wake-surf. Bonded w my guests easily and is an all around good dude. Would go again!
Maybe one of the best boat rentals I have ever done. Fred was amazing as a captain and extremely accommodating. His boat is beautiful and great for water sports and just floating. Plus, he has everything you need. Highly recommend.