Public Access to Lake Austin

January 11, 2016by Brian Talley

Lake Austin Docks and Boat housesAlmost all of the shoreline of Lake Austin is privately owned, as a cruise through the lake or along Westlake Drive will attest. But, there are several locations with bank access and also a few public boat ramps for those who live inland from its shores.

Bank access is available at the Pennybacker Bridge (Capital of Texas Highway/Loop 360 Bridge,) Emma Long Park, Mary Quinlan Park, and Fritz Hughes Park near Mansfield Dam. Concrete public boat ramps are available at Walsh Boat Landing, near Hula Hut and Mozart’s off Lake Austin Boulevard, and at a ramp below the Loop 360 bridge. Ramps also can be found at Emma Long Park and Mary Quinlan Park.

Here is some additional info, courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Walsh Boat Landing

Free, two-lane concrete ramp in the lower end of Lake Austin, off Lake Austin Boulevard and west of Red Bud Trail. Open all year and operated by City of Austin (512) 974-6700.

Loop 360 Ramp

Fee-based for entry and boat trailers, three-lane concrete ramp located at mid-Lake Austin, directly below the Pennybacker Bridge. Open all year and operated by Travis County (512) 854-7275.

Emma Long Park

Fee-based, one-lane concrete ramp at 1600 City Park Road, off FM 2222. Open all year and operated by City of Austin (512) 346-1831.

Commons Ford Park

Free entrance at 614 Commons Ford Road North. Open all year and operated by the City of Austin (512) 974-6700.

Selma Hughes Park

Free, bank fishing access only, off of Selma Hughes Road. Open all year from sunrise to sunset and operated by Travis County (512) 854-7275.

Mary Quinlan Park

Free, one-lane concrete ramp off of Quinlan Park Road. Open all year from sunrise to 10 p.m. and operated by Travis County (512) 854-7275.

Fritz Hughes Park

Free, bank access only, off Fritz Hughes Park Road. Open all year from sunrise to 10 p.m. and operated by Travis County (512) 854-7275.