Boat dock and marina regulations on the Highland Lakes


All boat docks and marinas on the Highland Lakes must be built and maintained to standards set out in the Safety Standards for Residential Docks on the Highland Lakes or Highland Lakes Marina Ordinance. LCRA adopted these standards to help ensure boaters can safely navigate the lakes and to maintain high levels of water quality for lake users.

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The Safety Standards for Residential Docks on the Highland Lakes set requirements for dock flotation, lighting, anchoring and maximum distances from shore. The standards also specify enforcement measures and other details. LCRA does not assess any fees as part of the implementation of these standards.

All Highland Lakes marinas must be constructed, modified and operated in compliance with performance standards set out in the Highland Lakes Marina Ordinance. This includes floating docks on lakes Travis or Buchanan that occupy more than 1,500 square feet of water surface area. The ordinance is intended to provide water quality protection that may be adversely impacted from development and operation of a marina, to promote health and safety, and to provide minimum standards to protect public use, access and safety at marinas on the Highland Lakes. This document offers guidelines for preparing an application for a marina permit.

For more information or to obtain printed copies of the boat dock standards or Highland Lakes Marina Ordinance, contact LCRA Water Surface Management through Ask LCRA or 800–776–5272, ext. 2309.

Please note: the City of Austin is responsible for management of Lake Austin dock and safety regulations. Find out more at