Lake Austin, Austin, Texas in the Highland Lakes area of the Central Texas Hill Country

in the Highland Lakes area
of the Central Texas Hill Country


Lake Austin 360 Bridge
360 Bridge over Lake Austin

Lake Austin, a constant-level lake, is the sixth lake down in the chain of Highland Lakes on the Colorado River in central Texas.  The lake starts at the Mansfield Dam and ends at the Tom Miller Dam in the city of Austin, both of which are hydro-electric power generating dams.

Boating on Lake Austin

Lake Austin
"360 Bridge" over Lake Austin
More commonly known as the "360 Bridge", it is officially named the Percy V. Pennybacker Jr. Bridge and is a through-arch bridge across Lake Austin which connects the northern and southern sections of the Loop 360 highway, also known as the "Capital of Texas Highway."
The bridge won first place in the 1984 Federal Highway Administration's Excellence in Highway Design competition. In 1992, the Austin members of the Consulting Engineers Council of Texas were surveyed and selected the bridge as the most innovative example of Austin architecture.
The bridge is a good point for launching your boat.  It is also a popular gathering point on the lake.
Bridge over Lake Austin
View from under the bridge.
Boating on Lake Austin
Boating is popular on Lake Austin
Lake Austin has high cliffs in places along the shore of the lake which provide shelter from the wind for the best in boating activities.  The cliffs are dotted with expensive homes overlooking the lake. Fishing is also a popular activity on the lake, which has been stocked with largemouth bass, catfish and sunfish.
Planning on bringing your boat to the Highland Lakes?
Clean, Drain and Dry your boat to prevent the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species. Zebra mussels are highly invasive freshwater mussels that can take over a lake and alter aquatic ecosystems. They negatively impact native fish and mussels and spoil beaches with their sharp shells. They also wreak havoc for boaters by damaging boat hulls, boating equipment and boat docks. Zebra mussels also can clog water intakes, drastically increasing maintenance costs for utilities.
Lake  Austin

 

Services on Lake Austin:

Lake Austin Riverboats
They have two paddleboats, The Commodore and The Commodore's Pup,  on Lake Austin for tours, parties and events.  The Commodore is the oldest of its kind on the Highland Lakes chain of 6 lakes, having been in service for over 60 years.

Sunshine Machine Boat Tours
They run a charter boat service on Lake Austin near City Park, that takes 1 to 30 passengers on scenic cruises up a beautiful part of the lake.

Ski Shores Waterfront Cafe on Lake Austin

Austin Hotel Reservations

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Map of Lake Austin
Map of Lake Austin
Map of Lake Austin in Austin, Texas

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