Texas is a land of many lakes, most of them man-made. There are big lakes, small lakes, long lakes and wide lakes all across the great state of Texas. If you are looking for amenities like marinas, boat-up restaurants, shorefront shopping or swimming beaches, there’s a lake for you. If you’re looking for nature, hiking, woods, endless scenic beauty or trophy fishing, there’s a lake for you too.

Map of Texas Lakes


Highest Rated Lakes

Best of Texas Lakes

Lake Texoma

Lake Travis

Possom Kingdom Reservoir

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Toledo Bend Lake


Lewisville Lake

Lake Austin


Canyon Lake

Inks Lake


Texas Lakes & Boating – Lake Reviews, Boat Rentals, Cabins, and More

Texas has around 300 navigable lakes with over 4,959 square miles of fresh water to enjoy for picnicking, fishing, camping, and boating and it doesn’t get much better than on a hot summer day spending time at one of the Texas lakes. The Texas Lakes & Boating section of Texas Outside will help you quickly find a lake in Texas and learn more about it by reading Texas Outside’s lake reviews. In Texas Lakes & Boating you’ll also find boat rentals (sail, power boats, stand up paddle-boards, kayaks, and houseboats), clickable lake maps, lake cabins for rent, Texas fishing guides, lake campgrounds or lake resorts, and our list of the “best lakes in Texas.”

Lakeway Resort on Lake Travis

Lake Cabin Rentals & Lake Resorts

If you’re headed to a lake, why not make it a weekend or longer and stay in one of the many Texas lake resorts or lake rental cabins. In this section of Texas Outside you’ll find some excellent Texas lake rental properties, fishing cabins and lodges, and resorts loaded with plenty of amenities on most of the larger lakes in Texas.

Keep Austin Wet Boat Rentals

Boat Rentals In Texas

If you’re going to a Texas lake and don’t have a boat this section lists boat rental locations by lake. You’ll typically find pontoons, ski boats, fishing boats, and wave runners to rent on most of the big lakes in Texas. And you can also find a lake where you can rent a houseboat or party barge, a kayak or standup paddle-board.

Texas fishing guide

Fishing Guides & Fishing Cabins

If you want to catch some big fish for a trophy on your wall or a delicious fish fry all your friends, then you need to talk to one of the Texas fishing guides. We’ll show you lists of the best freshwater and saltwater fishing guides. If you’re going for a weekend of fishing, then check out any of these fishing cabins.

Possum Kingdom Lake

Texas Lake Reviews & Ratings

In this section you can use some Texas maps to quickly locate a lake, read Texas Outside’s review and rating of the lake, and find a list of Texas Outside’s favorite lakes. The detailed lake reviews have lots of information about the lake, loads of pictures, and a rating based on several different criteria like water clarity, fun things to do, safety, and more.

Party cove on Lake LBJ

Find a Texas Lake

If you’re looking for a lake to enjoy next weekend, this section will help you quickly find a lake by city, name, or Texas region. Once you find a lake in Texas that you want to visit, when you click on the lake icon on the map you’ll find a link to the lake’s website or Texas Outside review and rating of the lake – both of which have lots of good information.

Just for Fun Boat Rental Coupon

Fishing Guides & Boat Rental Coupons

If you’re going to rent a boat for a fun day on the lake or hire a fishing guide, then check out these Texas fishing guide and Texas boat rental coupons and discounts. To save some of your hard earned money, all you need to do is select a coupon, print it, and then present it to the fishing guide or boat rental staff.

Camping on Lake Austin

Cool Texas Lake Maps

These cool (at least we think they are cool) lake maps of a number of fun Texas Lakes allow you to quickly find: something to do on the lake, a lake cabin or resort, lake campgrounds, fishing guides, marinas and ramps, restaurants, party coves, boat rentals, and lots more plus links to Texas Outside’s review and rating of the lake.


Highland Lakes of Texas

The Highland Lakes of Texas is comprised of 7 of the best lakes in Texas – Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Marble Falls Lake, Lake Travis, Lake Austin, and Lady Bird Lake. Here you’ll find lots of great information on the Highland Lakes – places to stay, fishing guides and boat rentals, fun things to do, and lots more.

Texas Lake Articles

  • Eagle Mountain Lake Tie Up

    For the last few years, every August, usually the third weekend, we head to Eagle Mountain Lake for the annual Tie Up. We started this weekend a little early by spending Thursday evening at Love & War in Texas (Plano) for the start of the Shiner Rising Star Contest. This is similar to a battle Read more…

  • Hiking the Johnson Trail at Possum Kingdom Lake

    Possum Kingdom Lake in Texas is one of my favorite places to boat.  The lake is surrounded by cliffs and beautiful homes.  Of course the party spot inside of Hell’s Gate with hundreds of your closest friends is fun too.  Add a great place to fish to round out this beautiful lake. But what happens Read more…

  • A Fun Houseboating Trip on Lake Amistad

    As part of a two week trip exploring West Texas with a couple good friends in early November, and we understand Lake Amistad Marina is closed. If you have never been on a houseboat vacation, you need to consider one for your next vacation or just for a fun long weekend. It is a a Read more…

  • Stillhouse Hollow Boat Rentals

    If you are heading to Stillhouse Hollow Lake and would like get out on the water, then here are some places to call to enjoy some time boating, cruising, fishing, scuba diving, kaying, or just relaxing on the water. Stillhouse Hollow Boat Rentals Scuba Divers Paradise Kayaks, pedal boats, jon boats, canoes, and row boats Read more…

  • Rockport & Aransas Bay Boat Rentals

    Here is where you can rent a fishing boat in Rockport. The fishing is fantastic in Aransas Bay and the surrounding area – so what are you waiting for, rent a boat and get out on the bay to catch a trophy fish, a great dinner, or just have some fun with your buds. Aransas Read more…

  • Lake Fork Boat Rentals

    Why not rent a fishing boat or pontoon boat or a jet ski on Lake Fork and go fishing, boarding, or just get on the water and enjoy Lake Fork? Lake Fork is one of the hottest bass fishing lakes in Texas so what are you waiting for, call one of these Lake Fork boat Read more…

  • Possum Kingdom Boat, Waverunner, and Watercraft Rentals

    It’s hard to beat renting a ski boat, pontoon boat, or fishing boat on Possum Kingdom lake and enjoying a day of fishing, wakeboarding, or all the fun in the party cove at Hells Gate. These Possum Kingdom Boat Rentals rent ski boats, pontoon boats, party barges, waverunners, and more. Possum Kingdom Boat Rentals The Read more…

  • Toledo Bend Boat and Watercraft Rentals

    Toledo Bend Boat and Watercraft Rentals If you’re heading to Toledo Bend, here is a list of Toledo Bend Boat Rentals. Rent a bass boat, pontoon boat, or john boat and get out on the water and enjoy all that Toledo Bend has for skiing, boarding, fishing, swimming, cruising, or just drop an anchor and Read more…

  • Lake Ray Roberts Boat Rentals

    Lake Ray Roberts Boat Rentals Looking for something to do, then why not rent a ski boat, waverunner, jet ski, pontoon boat, or fishing boat on Lake Ray Roberts in Northern Texas! Lake Ray Roberts is a perfect lake to rent a boat or watercraft – it’s a large lake with over 29,350 acres, never Read more…

  • Lake Whitney Boat Rentals – Pontoon, Ski Boat, and Waverunner Rentals

    Lake Whitney Boat Rentals – Pontoon, Ski Boat, and Waverunner Rentals If you heading to Lake Whitney and would like to enjoy the lake for fishing, swimming, skiing, or just cruising around, here is a list of boat rentals for Lake Whitney. These Lake Whitney boat rental companies rent everything from ski boats to pontoon Read more…

  • 24 Maps of Texas Lakes – Loaded With Things To Do

    We have just developed some cool new Texas Lake Maps that make it very easy to find things to do on the map like: marinas, restaurants, boat rentals, ramps, campgrounds, golf courses, resorts, day use parks, and more on Texas lakes. When you select what you want to see on the Texas Lake Map (for Read more…

  • Lake Travis Boat Rentals

    Lake Travis Boat Rentals Lake Travis is one of the best lakes in Texas – clear water, lots of coves, beautiful homes, great party coves, good restaurants, and fun bars on the water – all of which makes Lake Travis perfect for renting a boat. So what are you waiting for, call one of these Read more…

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