Water recreation and safety


LCRA lakes, parks and river sites are ideal for fun-filled outdoor activities in Central and South Texas. Enjoy boating, water skiing, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, swimming, hiking, nature photography, picnicking, bird-watching and camping.
For more information on safely recreating on LCRA waters and at its parks, visit the sections below:

  • Boating rules and safety
    Get important tips and regulations on operating boats and other watercraft on the Highland Lakes.
  • Safe swimming tips
    Learn how to avoid the risks associated with swimming in open water.

LCRA boat dock and marina standards help ensure public safety when navigating the lakes and maintain high levels of water quality for all lake users.

Rare Water Recreation Illness

Read more about a rare but often deadly infection, primary amebic meningoencephalitis (or PAM), and guidelines for prevention.



Did you know?

  • LCRA owns nearly 11,000 acres of ​ parkland between the Texas Hill Country and Matagorda Bay.
  • LCRA managed lakes include Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis and Lakes Bastrop and Fayette.
  • The most popular lake, Lake Travis, attracts about 1 million visitors a year.
  • The LCRA's Colorado River Trail, developed in cooperation with neighboring communities, also links recreational, cultural and environmental features of 11 counties near and along the river.