Lake Travis Party Cove transfers the fun from land to the water. At the lake 20 miles west of Austin, people flock to the crystal-clear waters to enjoy boating, windsurfing, sailing, and simply hanging out and soaking up the sun. With year-round sun and excellent weather, Lake Travis is a draw in all seasons. The parties really get going on the weekend, but there’s always fun going on at Lake Travis.
There wasn’t always a Lake Travis. It was created in the 1930s as a reservoir on the Colorado River, which had a tendency to flood the Texas Hill Country. It was clear that something needed to be done, so the Lower Colorado River Authority and the United States Bureau of Reclamation teamed up to build the Mansfield Dam and its reservoir. Ever since the first boat set out on the water, the 18,929-acre lake became a place to party. Along the 270 miles of shoreline, you’ll find resorts, restaurants, marinas, and other places to gear up for an excursion on the water.
Of all the parties on Lake Travis, one spot hosts the biggest parties. It’s found on the northern shores of the lake. On the weekends, especially in the summer, hanging out here is one of the hottest things to do in the entire Austin area. Hundreds of boats gather on the lake, sometimes tying the vessels together. From there, people mingle, hang out on the decks, and have plenty of fun. Many of the boats are well stocked with good food and booze.
Devils Cove Lake Travis
Devils Cove Lake Travis
Officially called Devil’s Hollow, this perch on the northern shores of the lake is where you can expect to find the party. On holidays, especially the Fourth of July with its fireworks, you can expect the find the biggest crowds and the most action. On non-holiday weekends, the parties are pretty big, but there’s always something going on at Devils Cove. If you would prefer a more quiet experience, Lake Travis is big enough to find your own space. But even if you just mingle for a short while, you’ll experience the flavor of the Lake Travis Party Cove.
Lake Travis Rentals
You don’t need to be a boat owner or purchase an ounce of boat fuel to have fun on Lake Travis. A host of captains are available to take you out out on the water on chartered excursions. Some leave for just an afternoon while others offer the entire party experience. If you’d prefer to captain the boat yourself, the local marinas can equip you with everything you need to head out on the waters of Lake Travis. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to join the party at Lake Travis Party Cove when you go with rentals. With a rental package, the marina will supply the boat, fuel, safety equipment, and know-how. The staff can even make suggestions on the best Texas hotels and restaurants near Lake Travis. In addition to boats, Lake Travis revelers also can rent wake-boards, personal watercraft, and water skis.
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