For much of the year, even in the cooler months, Lake Travis is alive with boats, waterskis, and wakeboards. Public boat ramps are available in a number of different locations along the shores. Contact the marinas listed to get the nearest location.
To get a little piece of lake action, a few of the reputable boat outfitters include:
Lakeway Marina. Lakeway Marina 103-A Lakeway Dr., Austin, TX. 512/261–7511. www.lwmarina.biz. Daily 8–5, extended summer hours 8–7.
Hurst Harbor Marina. Hurst Harbor Marina 16405 Clara Van Tr., Austin, TX. 512/266–1800. www.hhmarina.biz. Daily 8–5 [May–Aug. until 7].
Just For Fun Watercraft Rental (5973 Hiline Rd., Austin, TX. 512/266–9710. www.jff.net. Daily.)