Lake Austin is a manmade lake, like almost all lakes in Texas. This Colorado River reservoir is great for fishing, especially largemouth bass, and is a popular recreational destination for Austinites and tourists alike. Lake Austin’s shoreline is almost entirely privately owned, which means you can see dozens of incredible lakefront homes from your boat or personal watercraft. Many of these homes are located atop large cliffs, giving you shelter from winds and allowing for maximum fun with friends and family.
In addition to seeing beautiful homes, launching your boat from the Percy V. Pennybacker Jr. Bridge, more commonly known as the 360 Bridge, is an awesome time to look at one of Austin’s most iconic pieces of architecture, the bridge itself. Also, Eating and Austin go hand in hand; that means there are some incredible places to eat on the lake. Abel’s on the Lake is the most famous with its view, but other favorites include Hula Hut, Ski Shores Waterfront Café and Mozart’s Coffee Roasters if you want to really kick back. There are also several parks that can be used publicly including Emma Long Park, Mary Quinlan Park and Fritz Hughes Park. Emma Long Park consists of 1150 acres, including 70 developed acres.
With gorgeous public parks, unique waterfront homes, interesting architecture, delicious restaurants, excellent fishing and perfect waters for boating and using personal water crafts Lake Austin is one of the premier outdoor destinations in not just Austin, but all of Central Texas.