Austin Boat Rental & Destination Guide

Setting Sail in Austin Has Never Been Easier!

Plan Your Austin Boat Rental Vacation

A private Austin boat rental? Epic fun out on the water? In Texas? Yup. The Colorado River runs through Texas creating several large lakes that provide an abundance of water recreation activities. It’s a good thing too. Late in the year temperatures in Austin can reach the high 90s making the lakes and boating activities popular, if not necessary. A lake day on your private boat is the perfect way to cool off.

If you’re visiting in the early part of the year you can expect weather in the mid-70s, which makes for some of the best boating conditions. Aww … we can feel that Texas sun already. If lake boating in Austin is new to you, we’ve got ya covered. Check out our guide below to start planning your Austin boat rental vacation.

Bass Fishing

Located in Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park, if fishing is your goal Lake Walter E. Long is the place to do it. You can expect to catch largemouth bass, striped bass, bluefish, redbreast sunfish and catfish. There is an entrance fee of $5 per vehicle on weekdays and $8 per vehicle on weekends.


Lady Bird Lake is the ideal location in Austin for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. Bring your own or rent when you get there. You can paddle west to Red Bud Isle, or head east to Barton Creek for great views of the skyline. An added bonus: kayaking is a great workout!

Rope Swinging

Hmm … bet you didn’t think rope swinging was an attraction, but it’s sure to delight the kids. Along the eastern shore of Lady Bird Lake, at the southern end of Red Bud Island, there is a rope swing that is only accessible by boat. Before your first jump make sure the water levels are high enough to safely jump in.


Just outside the Austin city limits, Lake Travis is the hotspot for water sports, including wakeboarding, diving (yes, diving in a lake), parasailing, jet skiing, sailing, water skiing and tubing. There are 9 boat ramps surrounding the lake. Secure your boat rental and spend an afternoon on the lake!


In Austin’s backyard is McKinney Falls State Park. The park offers hiking, biking, fishing, and popular picnic locations but this is also a great location to camp. You can schedule tenting camping or stay in a cabin. The park is situated on Onion Creek, which flows into the Colorado River. One of the most popular park attractions is the waterfalls that are created by the limestone and rushing water. The sight is both mesmerizing and magical.


In the summertime swimming is a popular activity, making the local watering holes busy and crowded. Mansfield Dam is the ideal location for boaters and swimmers. There is a roped off swimming area, making it easy to jump in right from your Austin boat rental.

Make Your Boating Reservations

In order to join in on all this fun there is one requirement: a boat. There are a lot of reasons you might not have a boat with you like, if you’re visiting the area from out-of-town, or if being a boat owner was never a priority for you and your family. No worries. It is easier than ever to secure an Austin boat rental with boat sharing companies like Boatsetter.

Reserving your boat is as easy as reserving a hotel room. You can use our search feature to find the perfect boat for you. Perhaps an Austin sailboat? Perhaps a powerboat? You can make your reservation online and cancel within 24-hours. You are just steps away from experiencing Austin on the water!

Mastercraft X-25

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Sea Doo Utopia

Check out the swim platform, sound system & sunset on this boat rental!

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Hunter 450 Passage

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