Where is Lake Austin?
Lake Austin is just on the south side of Austin and for many people it is accepted to be the unofficial boundary between North Austin and South Austin. Lake Austin stretches for just over 20 miles between Mansfield Dam on its North end, which creates Lake Travis, and on the South end by Tom Miller Dam.
Lake Austin was created in 1940 when the Tom Miller Dam, named for a former Austin Mayor, was built along the Colorado River. The lake provides flood control and hydro-power reservoir for the Colorado River. Lake Austin is a constant level lake as the water flow is controlled by Mansfield Dam. At its widest Lake Austin is 1,300 feet across and provides many diverse recreational activities such as boating, swimming, water skiing, fishing, or just plain relaxing.
Dining and entertainment
There are several very popular lake side options for dining and entertainment that include the Hula Hut which is a really fun lake side destination as well as its next door neighbor Abel’s on the Lake. If you would like to just stop for a great cup of coffee and maybe something for that sweet tooth, a great choice is Mozart’s Coffee Roasters located just steps away from these two restaurants. Another option is the legendary Ski Shores Cafe which is another lake side casual dining choice with great Austin history.
Things to do on or near Lake Austin
Boating is by far the most popular activity on the lake. You can take a leisurely ride on an authentic riverboat as it glides past the natural beauty of Lake Austin. Even if you don’t own your own boat you can rent one on the lake at Sun & Fun Boat Rentals, or if you have a big group you can go to Austin Party Cruises to rent a party boat to slowly cruise around Lake Austin taking such sites as the much-photographed 360 Bridge, look up and see Mt. Bonnell, and the lake side view of Austin Country Club. Whether you choose to rent a personal water craft or a more sedate pontoon boat experiencing Lake Austin on the water can quickly become something you’ll want to do again.
If you are seriously in to relaxing you can try many of the services offered at the Lake Austin Spa. The Lake Austin Spa offers services for men and women that will surely tempt you to treat yourself to a massage or any of the other relaxing services.
One of the largest parks on Lake Austin is Emma Long Park. Emma Long Park encompasses over 1,000 acres with 70 acres that have been developed. The park features boat ramps, sand volleyball courts, a sandy beach for swimming, camping sites some with water and electricity hook-ups. Other parks along Lake Austin shoreline include the 215 acre Commons Ford Metropolitan Park, the almost 6 acre Mary Quinlan Park, Mt. Bonnell Park, Fritz Hughes Park, Selma Hughes Park, and the Bee Creek Preserve.
Homes in the Lake Austin area
Lake Austin is one of the more beautiful parts of what makes Austin such a wonderful place to live.
Lake Austin includes many of the most highly sought-after waterfront homes in Austin. Aside from the relatively scarce Lake Austin waterfront homes, there are many neighborhoods that are quite close including Rob Roy, Davenport West, Bella Lago, Austin Lake Hills, Windmill Bluff Estates, River Dance, Paddock at Commons Ford, Austin Lake Estates, the Bluffs at Eanes Creek, Rob Roy, and others.
The homes and neighborhoods along Lake Austin offer a wide range of home-buying options from multi-million dollar estates that sit on the Lake Austin waterfront to really beautiful homes that are located just a few minutes away many of which are in the $400, 000 range and up.
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