Texas lakes are legendary – it 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.

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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.

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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

  • The Best Lakes in Texas

    Texas, with its vast expanse of diverse landscapes, boasts some of the most breathtaking lakes in the United States. From tranquil waters nestled amidst rolling hills to expansive reservoirs teeming with recreational opportunities, the Lone Star State offers a plethora of options for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. To help you plan your next Read more…

  • Fun Family Weekend in Austin

    For no better reason than it was time to get together and party, our Dallas daughter and her family joined Mr. and Mrs. Texas Outside at our Austin daughter’s house. Austin is home to two family dogs and three grand kids! My Dallas daughter has an 8- and a 12-year-old. The Dallas group arrived late but Read more…

  • A Fun Weekend in Horseshoe Bay on Lake LBJ

    Some good friends invited us to spend the weekend with them at their lake house on Lake LBJ. It’s one of our favorite Texas lakes. That’s why it took us a millisecond to ask, “What time should we be there?” In no time, the car was loaded with beer, golf clubs, swim suits, and games. Delaware Read more…

  • Lake Bridgeport Boat and Watercraft Rental

    If you’re looking to rent a pontoon boat, paddle boat, kayak, or canoe on Lake Bridgeport, there are plenty of places to go. This lake is a fantastic lake for skiing, sightseeing, fishing, or enjoying some time on the water. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and book an RV site Read more…

  • Wakeboarding In Texas

    Now that spring is about to spring, surfers and wakerboarders will head to the Gulf or the nearest beach to pick up their favorite water sport: wakeboarding. You’ll want to read this post for all the best resources on this water sport. In Texas, wakeboarding is very popular. Here is our list of where you Read more…

  • Lake Conroe Cabins, Resorts, And Rentals

    Lake Conroe is a perfect place to spend the weekend fishing, boating, swimming, or just relaxing. These cabins, resorts, and rentals provide all the necessities you’ll need for a weekend or longer. And the lake offers lots of fun things to see and do. Check out the Resource Guide below to learn more. Find a Read more…

  • A Glamping & Golfing Weekend

    With a full tummy, my family and I drove to Open Air Resorts in Spicewood to spend the night in an Airstream. What a fun glamping and golfing weekend. Built in 2019, Open Air Resorts is a fine RV resort. Campsites include RV and tent sites, Airstream and tiny homes for glamping. Plus, there are Read more…

  • Golf Weekend at Lake Conroe

    If you’re looking for a great place to spend a weekend golfing, enjoy one of the best lakes in Texas, and stay at an excellent resort, then this article is dedicated to you. Let’s talk about golf at Lake Conroe. La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa La Torretta closed in 2019 and reopened in 2020 Read more…

  • Lake Texoma Waterfront Lodging

    Lake Texoma has a variety of waterfront and vacation lodging. It’s also a fantastic lake to spend a weekend or longer. As one of the largest and prettiest lakes in Texas, there’s more than 89,000 acres of water. Plus, you’ll find 580 miles of shoreline. The lake is the second largest lake in Texas and Read more…

  • Granbury: Top 10 Fun Things To See & Do

    Granbury, Texas is a fun and laid back town with lots of good stuff to keep you entertained for a weekend. Schedule a weekend escape around one of their fun events. I’m talking about events like the Brazos River Music Fest and General Granbury’s Birthday celebration. Or, plan on a romantic or relaxing weekend at Read more…

  • Grapevine: Top Ten Things To See & Do

    Grapevine, Texas is loaded with attractions and fun things to see and do on a fun weekend or vacation. Here is Texas Outside’s list of our favorite Top 10 fun things to see and do in this DFW Metroplex suburb. Get Outside Go Golfing – Grapevine has two fantastic golf courses. Grapevine Municipal is a city-owned Read more…

  • Columbia Lakes Resort Stay & Play Review

    If you’re looking for a great Stay & Play package, try the Columbia Lakes Resort and Country Club. Wake up, grab a donut and cup of coffee, put on your golf shoes, and hop on your golf cart. Take a one-minute ride to the first tee box. Then play a very good golf course. It Read more…

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