Texas Lakes for Water Sports

The Top 5 Lakes for Boating, Water Skiing, and Jet Skiing

Lake Travis Sunset
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Texas has plenty to offer water-sport enthusiasts. Whether you prefer skiing, jet skiing, boating, swimming, diving, or snorkeling, there is a perfect lake to spend time on while visiting Texas—which is an ideal way to beat the Lone Star heat. If you just can't decide which one to visit, try one of these top Texas lakes for water sports and recreational boating.

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    Located near the border town of Del Rio, Lake Amistad was formed when the Rio Grande was dammed in 1969. Its remote location is part of its charm, as are its clear, sprawling waters. Massive Lake Amistad encompasses nearly 70,000 surface acres, which are shared between Mexico and the United States. Boaters and swimmers can enjoy both open waters as well as steeply walled canyons. The protective coves offer ideal fishing spots. 

    For all watercraft requiring state registration, there is a lake use fee. There are 10 boat launch ramps, but no boat rental or fueling stations.

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    Created in 1941, Lake Travis is big—over 60 miles long, winding through the scenic Texas Hill Country and covering over 271 miles of shoreline. Lake Travis' clear waters, scenic surroundings, and close proximity to Austin have made it one of the most popular lakes for recreational boaters. 

    Lake Travis is divided into four sections: the North Shore, South Shore, Spicewood, and Volente. The North Shore is the less commercial side but still has many amenities and marinas, while South Shore is the most commercial. Spicewood has plenty to offer while maintaining that "old school" lake feel. Volente is on the east side and has several boat rentals, marinas, and lots of lake fun.

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    Lake Conroe's 21,000 acres lie just a short drive from Houston. Its quick access to the nation's fourth-largest city has made it one of the busiest lakes in the state when it comes to recreational boating traffic.

    The 26-mile-long, six-mile-wide lake has several marinas, boat and other watercraft rentals, and some of the best fishing around. With Sam Houston National Forest bordering the north side, and many luxurious waterfront communities lining the shore, Lake Conroe is a scenic spot to enjoy a day on the lake.

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    A favorite spot for Dallas water-sport enthusiasts, Lake Lewisville offers visitors a variety of activities, including fishing, swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, sailboarding, and more. One of the largest lakes in North Texas, Lake Lewisville is surrounded by numerous parks, four marinas, and several boat ramps.

    In addition to the boat and watercraft rental facilities, a popular destination for those looking for a good time is Party Cove—a spot in the cove where people tie their boats together, listen to music, and enjoy a few drinks. Boat and party barge rentals are available.

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    Formed by damming the cool, clear waters of the Guadalupe River near New Braunfels, Canyon Lake is a favorite among boaters, skiers, fishermen, jet skiers, and sailors. Known as the Water Recreational Capital of Texas, Canyon Lake has 23 boat ramps as well as several boat rentals. The most popular activity is tubing, and the lake is known for its excellent rainbow trout fishing.