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The Best Boat Hire in Austin, TX

Average of 228 reviews in this area.
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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. Antonious
    11 People Cypress Cay Pontoon Rental in Austin, Texas

    Mark was awesome, knowledge about the area. Took photos of us and shared it with us. Knew the other captains in the area and this helped when it came to tying up the boat with other boys. Also knew where to go on the lake were you can pick up extra supplies(ice, gas, food, sunblock, etc) well worth it.

  2. becki
    Rent 30' Pontoon/Party boat In Austin, Texas

    I booked Paul’s boat for a bachelorette party of 15 girls. We had so much fun! The boat was clean, and large enough to fit all of us. We stopped at Devils Cove and had a blast. Paul was so nice and easy to communicate with. Highly recommend to book for your boating needs!

  3. Eric
    Tige 24ve Bowrider Rental in Austin (All boats provided with fuel and Captain)

    Kyle was great! He took us to party cove to hang out and listen to music and then he drove us to a perfect spot for wakeboarding and surfing. Highly recommend grabbing a spot on this boat.

  4. Ashleigh
    Wakeboarding in Austin

    Fred was an amazing captain/host. I reached out to a few people when trying to book a boat but he was the quickest to respond with the best boat and price. In person the boat was even better than expected and Fred was super laidback and flexible with the schedule. Being in such an intimate setting, it’s important to have someone you feel comfortable with and he was perfect for our group. Thanks!!!

  5. Tiffany
    Harris 230 SSL LX Pontoon Boat on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas!

    Colton and his team created an incredible experience for my family on graduation/commencement weekend! Cannot recommend highly enough!

  6. Katherine A
    Wakeboarding in Austin

    Fred was AWESOME, delightful, accommodating and above and beyond. Boat was awesome and he had a ton of fun floats. I wish I could give him 10 stars! He was so nice! He made our day! :)