The Best Boat Hire in Austin, TX

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Wakeboarding in Austin

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.

  1. JL
    Juha
    Frank's Boats on Lake Travis - 21 ft Blue Sea Ray with toys and awesome stereo. Have a BLAST on the Lake!!!

    Awesome experience! We did a last minute scheduling with Frank. He was at the ramp promptly on time, and we were out on the lake in 5 mins. Boat was in great shape and we had fun times cruising Lake Travis for 8 hours. Pick-up was as smooth and Frank took care of filling up too. We just sent the payment for gas to him afterwards. 5 stars, will rent again.

  2. JC
    James
    Frank's Boats on Lake Travis - 21 ft Blue Sea Ray with toys and awesome stereo. Have a BLAST on the Lake!!!

    Wow. What a great experience. Communication was excellent. Introduction and safety features perfect. Unfortunately we damaged the propeller, we told frank immediately. He was understanding and charged the least he could. Couldn’t recommend frank higher. Truly wonderful gentlemen. Regards

  3. AR
    Adam
    BEST OF 2019 AWARD! Luxury Pontoon Charter - 2 Bags of Ice / Water / Boomin Stereo

    Mark was an excellent captain. He was very attentive and communicative. Was prompt and on time. The boat was as advertised and the trip was fantastic. I would definitely use him again.

  4. PK
    Praveen
    Spacious 25' Bentley Encore on Lake Travis!

    Had a Wonderful Morning on the Lake ! Captain Austin was Incredible, very knowledgeable person and professional about water safety and speed and explained everything. I had a wonderful time out with my friends. Highly recommended. Thanks Austin.

  5. CJ
    Candance
    Frank's Boats on Lake Travis - 21 ft Blue Sea Ray with toys and awesome stereo. Have a BLAST on the Lake!!!

    Frank is all business and knows his boat business. He is knowledgeable about the community and can guide you to places to enjoy with your friends and family. As well, as promised on his site, he had lake toys such as a lilypad, tube, and noodles. So we had all we needed to have fun. Great guy, a nice boat, and we look forward to renting from Frank again in the future.

  6. CH
    Chris
    Frank's Boats on Lake Travis - 21 ft Blue Sea Ray with toys and awesome stereo. Have a BLAST on the Lake!!!

    Frank has multiple boats we rented 2 of them from him on different days everything was perfect Frank is a really nice guy awesome communication and does what he says he’s going to do very accommodating on everything even when we had to switch days because of weather don’t hesitate to rent anything from Frank he will treat you right again thanks Frank