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If you like boating and camping on Texas Lakes, we trust that you will enjoy the content in this section.  The purpose of the Texas Lakes and Boating section is to provide you with some basic information on:

  • Texas lakes including our lake reviews
  • Boat rentals plus kayaking and sailing and houseboating
  • Lake resorts and rentals including reviews
  • Lake camping including our favorite campgrounds
  • Fishing guides and fishing cabins
  • Marinas, and lots more

Practice safe boating at the ramp and on the water!!!!

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Texas Lakes

Texas Outside provides an easy way to locate a Texas lake, find out what it’s like, and what to do once you’re there.  The lake information includes (or will very soon) the locations of marinas, Parks, restaurants, rental toys, fun bars with music, and more.

    Locate a Texas Lake by clicking on a colored region of interest on the Texas map and then click on any lake to find more information about that lake.

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    • Texas Lake Maps - check out our new very cool interactive lake maps that provide an easy way to find marinas, resorts, campgrounds, bike trails, day use parks, boat rentals, restaurants, and more
    • Highland Lakes -- information on all of the Highland Lakes which includes Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, and Lake Austin
    • Texas Marinas is a listing of marinas along the Gulf Coast and on some Texas Lakes
    • Texas Rivers Guide by Texas Parks and Wildlife provides information on the over 3,700 named streams and 15 major rivers that meander through 191,000 miles of Texas landscape
    • Texas Beach and Bay Access Guide
    • Texas Parks & Wildlife Lake Information is a great source of information on Texas lakes

Texas Outside Lake Reviews & Ratings

Lake Reviews and Ratings & Texas Outside's Favorite Texas Lakes

Over the last 26 years, we have been playing on Texas lakes and our intent is to part with that knowledge and provide you with our biased rating and review of Texas lakes.   Included in each review will be a brief overview of the lake, where to stay (campgrounds, lodges, cabins, or rental houses), and fun things to do on the lake (coves for swimming, skiing/boarding locations, cruising spots, restaurants, bars, toy rentals, and more). During the summer, we will review at least one lake a month, so keep coming back to Texas Outside to learn more about Texas lakes.

Click here for a list of lakes we have reviewed and to read the reviews. See below on how we review and rate lakes.


Texas Lake Maps

Interactive Maps of Texas Lakes - Before you head out to the lake, check out our interactive lake maps to find campgrounds, marinas, resorts, restaurants, boat rentals, golf courses, bars, and more on the lake. You can click on a category of interest and it'll show you on the map where it is and usually have a link to more information.

Rental house on Lake LBJ

Texas Lake Resorts and Rental Property

Can you think of anything better than sitting on the deck or dock with a hot cup of coffee or a cool refreshing drink and watching the sunrise or sunset over a beautiful lake? Or getting up in the morning and walking a few steps down to your boat or water toys to hit the lake for a fun day of skiing, boarding, fishing, or just cruising. Well, if you don't own a lake house, then here is where you can rent some lake front property for the weekend, week, or longer. Check them out, call and make a reservation, and pack the bags and get going.  

  • Lake Rentals - Texas Outside's list of cabins, resorts, lodges, vacation homes, and more
  • Lake Resorts - lake rentals throughout Texas
  • Resorts & Rentals - information on resorts, spas, golf resorts, and more
  • Resort Reviews - our reviews of various resorts and what we think of them
  • Fishing Cabins - find a cabin on the lake for fishing and boating


Boat, Waverunner, & Other Watercraft Rentals

Watercraft Rental Page - Don't let not owning a boat stop you from enjoying the Texas lakes for skiing, boarding, fishing, partying, or just cruising around enjoying the scenery - go rent a fishing boat, waverunner, sailboat, party barge, or ski boat! What are you waiting for!

Sailboat Rentals & Lessons - nothing beats the wind in your face, the waves lapping against the side of the boat, and the sun setting in the distance. Use this page to find out where you can make that happen but renting a sailboat or chartering a sailboat for a day sail, dinner, or romantic cruise

Texas Marinas

If you are looking for a place to store your boat, either a wet or dry slip, or just looking for a marina for some gas, staples, repairs, or a restaurant, then the Marinas page is for you. You will find lake marinas and Gulf Coast marinas and a brief description of the services and amenities or a way to contact the marina.

Party Barge on Lake Lewisville


Thank God for Weekends & Weekend Adventures

Each month you can relive a typical Texas Outside weekend adventure that Texas Outside just enjoyed.  Weekend trips typically involve a number of outside activities like boating, camping, hiking, biking, music festivals, and more.  We'll tell you what we did, where we did it, what else you can do, and provide some links to finding more good stuff to see and do.   


State Parks, RV Parks, and Camping on Texas Lakes

In this section Texas Outside will highlight some of the best parks for lake camping and provide some information on the park, campsites,  and fun activities within the park or nearby.  You’ll find park ratings, reviews, pictures, and much more.

  • Parks and Camping Home Page for more information on camping in Texas, plus Texas Outside's rating and reviews of campgrounds
  • Texas lake camping is one of our summer passions and we'll highlight some of the best lake camping for you

Emma Long on Lake AustinState Parks, Lake Parks, and Campground Reservations

If you're looking to spend some time on the lake at a Texas State Park, Corp of Engineers Park, or a private RV Park, make sure that you call ahead a make a reservation. Lake camping is very popular and the good campgrounds fill up fast so you need to make a reservation well if advance. Here you will find the links to reserve a State Park or Corp of Engineers Park using their reservation system.

Fishing Guides, Fishing Cabins, and Watercraft Rentals - if you don't have a boat, below is where you can find a list of places to rent a boat, pontoon boat, party barge, or waverunner to explore, fish, ski, or party on the Texas lakes. If you like to fish and don't want to rent a boat, then check out the fishing guides listed below - they will help you catch that big one. If you're going fishing, you need a place to stay so check out the Fishing Cabins and Rentals page

  • Boat & Watercraft Rentals
  • Fishing Cabins, Lodges, Resorts, and Rentals


Texas Houseboats

Texas House Boating Home Page - if you love the water and haven’t taken a houseboat vacation, you need to get with it and plan a house boating trip now – you, your best friends, and your kids will never forget it!  Texas Outside's houseboating home page will help you find a houseboat to rent for a weekend or week or more, tell you about some of the best lakes for houseboat rentals, provide interesting articles on houseboating, and more.
Houseboating on Lake Travis


Texas Outside Featured Lake of the Month

We are fair-weather boaters, so during the summer months we will feature a Texas lake each month – make sure you visit the site frequently to find out what’s new!  Each month’s lake will include our review, rating, and fun activities on or nearby the lake.



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Boating Resources

Check out the following list of boating resources

Lake Review Rating Scale

Texas Outside rates lakes on a 1 to 10 scale based on:

  • Beauty:  high scores are given for lots of trees, hills, or pretty houses
  • Water Clarity: if you’re standing in two feet of water and can’t see your toes or the water has a deep brown color, the rating will be a 1
  • Water Conditions:  rough water with waves over a foot high due to consistent wind or boat wakes doesn't rate high on our scale -- it would rate high if you're trying to surf.
  • Skiing & Board Conditions:  on the weekends if you can typically find a good cove or a part of the lake with glass, we’re talking a 10
  • Beaches:  don’t you hate those beaches that when you step into the water you sink in mud up to your knees and loose your flip-flops or it’s all slime and weeds or small rocks that kill your feet – if so, that’s a 1
  • Fun Scale: lakes scoring a 10 have fun restaurants and bars, music on the deck, excellent sights for cruising, great coves for raft ups or swimming, and fun rental toys
  • Cruising & Touring:  if you can cruise the lake and look at beautiful houses, nice marinas, pretty coves, or anything similar it will score high
  • Restaurants & Bars:  nothing better than cruising over and having some good food and great music on the deck of some fun restaurant –ride back with smooth water and a beautiful Texas sunset -- can’t get much better than that!
  • Safety Level: lakes with lots of wild and crazy jet skiers or fast cigarette boats will score low
  • Camping:  we’re looking for beautiful spacious sites right on the water with a nice sandy beach to swim and park the boat
  • Fishing:  the bigger the better, and they must be easy to catch



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