Lone Star Lake Love: The Best Boating Lakes in Texas
The Best Boating Lakes in TexasIn a state with so many options, where do you start? Texas has loads of lakes, with many of them being reservoirs, but it takes a certain magical combination to make this best-of list. When it comes to the best boating lakes in Texas, it’s good to start with some classic tried-and-true options. That way, your time on the water isn’t all for naught. Based on their size, depth and what to expect when you’re out on the water, these are my picks for the best boating lakes in Texas:
1. Lake Austin
After exploring Austin, the state capital of Texas, why not check out some absolutely amazing bodies of water nearby? Lake Austin is especially convenient because of its proximity to the downtown core (as opposed to Lake Lady Bird, which doesn’t allow motorized boat traffic). The majority of boaters you’ll find on Lake Austin are those with pontoon boats, due to a healthy amount of rentals in the area. What I’m going to suggest, though, is a different kind of boat. The best kind of boat for Lake Austin, in my honest opinion, is a bowrider. Bow riders have plentiful space, but are a bit more nimble when navigating the people who like to traverse Lake Austin.
2. Lake Travis
Honestly, all you gotta do is glance at a map to see how beautiful it would be to boat on Lake Travis. From glistening blue waters provided by its limestone bottom to its massive amount of space (271 miles of shoreline, to be exact), this lake is both majestic and convenient for boaters of all stripes. Due to its size and twists and turns, the best way to experience Lake Travis is by speedboat. Really, it can be any kind of boat with a bit of get-up-and-go in its motor. Whether you wanna feel the wind in your hair or jump on your trusty wakeboard, you can wrong with a speedboat on Lake Travis.
Need a getaway like a low-key fishing expedition? Look no further than Lake Granbury! Situated southwest of Dallas, this lake's a bit narrow, as lakes go. But this is what makes it perfect for fishing. Other boaters, who seek wide open-waters for speed, tend to stay away from these thinner lakes. Large-mouth bass, catfish, crappie, white bass, striped bass and sunfish—you’ll find them all here and in large supply! This lake is the kind of place where you can kick back, relax and take some time for yourself. Lake Granbury is also surrounded by the kind of picturesque Texas landscape you’ve likely dreamed about, turned into a reality!
We had to include Lake Lewisville. Not only is it beautiful, but it's super accessible for anyone looking to make the trip. Located in North Texas, nearby Dallas, you’ll find 29,000 acres of crystal clear waters and loads of wildlife (as well as ample fishing). If you simply want a relaxing day out on the water, whether on your deck boat or your pontoon boat, you can't go wrong with Lake Lewisville. After a long day, you can as easily bust out your jet skis as your rods and reels. It'll be sure to make your day that much better. The choice in how you relax on the water is up to you, which is what makes Lake Lewisville one of the most versatile and best boating lakes in Texas.
5. Lake Texoma
The first feature you’re likely to notice about Lake Texoma is its size—it's absolutely huge! One of the United States' largest reservoirs, Lake Texoma sits directly on the border of Texas and Oklahoma. For this reason, it's the kind of place that suits boaters of all kinds. Due to its size, Lake Texoma is great for sailboats. You’re likely to find more tall sails fluttering in the breeze than any other type of boat, although you'll definitely find your fair share of pontoons and fishing rigs. Why? Because Lake Texoma also offers some of the best fishing in the region, too!
Often considered “the best lake in East Texas,” Lake O’ The Pines, which makes up 16,919 acres surrounded by pine trees, is an underrated gem. Being here truly makes boaters feel like they've escaped from it all. This is another great example of what makes Texas boating great: You can feel so far away from the hustle and bustle, while still having the creature comforts of the big city. The best part about Lake O’ The Pines is just how under-the-radar it is (for now). That’s why a nice, large deck boat would feel at home on these waters. You have so much room, you can truly relax in style and enjoy your time without having to deal with hundreds of other boaters.
7. Lake Amistad
Situated along the United States and Mexico border is Lake Amistad. Just about anyone who's ever visited will tell you how spectacular it is, with beautifully-steep canyon walls that simply take your breath away. Not only that, but Lake Amistad is a renowned spot for fishing and boating all year round. Lake Amistad is the perfect spot for a fishing trip, or to simply find a cove and jump right in. The open waters here make it one of the most family-friendly lakes in Texas.