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As the long-awaited summer season commences, the catchy tune from Leon Bridges resonates even deeper – “Texas Sun.” It’s bright and beautiful, fueling anticipated family vacations and neighborly cookouts in your backyard. But when our beloved Texas sun brings over 100-degree temperatures, water feels like an ideal element for any activity. With LCRA Parks, there’s no need to worry about finding ways to beat the heat. Our wide array of water-centered activities will ensure you stay cool while embracing summer.
Donut boat on Lake Austin

No motor needed

Non-motorized watercraft come in all shapes and sizes. Visitors looking for a relaxing water experience can spend the day at Lake Bastrop North Shore Park or Lake Bastrop South Shore Park renting kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards or even corcls – small, round boats designed specifically for kids to paddle on their own!

Want to reserve your watercraft in advance? Book an inflatable kayak or packraft with our partner Greenbelt Outdoors. Make your reservation online, and it will be ready and waiting for you to explore Lake Bastrop.

Keep in mind, these waters are a bit warmer than some because the lake was designed to cool the nearby power plant.

Donut boat on Lake Austin

Faster-paced fun

Make a splash in the ice-cold waters of Lake Austin at Jessica Hollis Park. Even on the hottest summer days, the waters at this day-use park stays cold constantly since they’re released from the bottom of Mansfield Dam. Here, you can book a Float On pontoon boat and captain for groups of 10-15 people. They also offer dam-to-dam Sea-Doo tours to show you the best views of the lake from Mansfield Dam to Tom Miller Dam. Call Float On at 512-436-3505 for additional details and availability.

Looking for a saltwater cruise instead? We also have boat rentals at Matagorda Bay Nature Park. Thanks to our friends at Ranch Water Rentals, you can reserve your very own bay boat to use during your stay. Explore the bay or the Colorado River and experience great Gulf Coast fishing and stunning sunsets. Smell the salty air and set sail!

Be LakeWise

At LCRA Parks, our unwavering commitment is not only to provide an exceptional experience during your visit but also to prioritize your safety and well-being. Making memories on the water can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to know the hazards you may encounter. Follow these tips to swim safely and boat responsibly.

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Never boat or swim alone.
  • Know when to call it quits.
  • Swim and boat in designated areas only.
  • Wear a lifejacket.
  • Know the rules before you visit the lake.

Learn more about LCRA’s Be LakeWise water safety campaign and discover helpful water resources.

Even though the temperatures will rise, you can still dive into a summer filled with good times at LCRA Parks.