Lake Travis isn’t an ordinary lake. Its smooth, stone bottom gives it an emerald sheen and keeps its temperature refreshingly cool even in the height of summer. This characteristic is also responsible for its clarity, making the areas surrounding the lake popular for scuba diving and fishing (which other lakes are far too muddled for). This summer, those seeking respite from the city needn’t drive far—myriad campgrounds are clustered around this much-appreciated lake. Each offers something unique for visitors, which includes residents of nearby Austin luxury home communities of Rob Roy and Travis Country West.
Sun Outdoors Lake Travis
Rated as one of the “Top 100 Parks in America” for RV’s, Sun Outdoors Lake Travis is only a 3-minute drive from the shores of Lake Travis. It’s nestled deep in the hills of the Texas Hill Country, overflowing with sprays of wildflowers, close to antique shopping, and plenty of regional barbeque. Here, visitors can enjoy fishing, skiing, and sailing only a few minutes away from the public boat ramp or play golf all year-round at one of its area courses.
Pace Bend Park
One of the largest (and best) parks for overnight camping, hiking, and mountain biking is Pace Bend, located about 40 minutes from downtown Austin. This park covers more than 1,300 acres, bordering miles upon miles of Lake Travis shoreline. It draws approximately 350,000 visitors per year, who come to enjoy its pebbled beaches, impressive bluffs, and abundant wildlife.
Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point
This park is famous for its open, sloping beaches that lend themselves to windy conditions – perfect for windsurfing and sailing- which are two vessels that dot Windy Point’s horizon. Crowds are larger and friendlier here, partial to flame grilling and imbibing to stereo systems.
Cypress Creek Park
This quaint, accessible park is less than 30 minutes from downtown Austin and is a favorite area for fishing, sailing, windsurfing, and picnicking. One of Cypress Creek’s most distinguishing traits is its gentle waterfall at the park’s entrance, near a boat ramp that provides quick access to the Basin area of Lake Travis.
The refreshing rock-bottom lake and campsites that surround it are just a few reasons why so many relocate to Lake Travis using a knowledgeable Austin realtor. Anyone who appreciates this side of life—one filled with char-broiled hot dogs, chilled lake water, and star-dotted Hill Country skies—knows the value of ending (or starting) their Austin home search in this area.