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Wakeboarding is an extremely popular water-sport enjoyed by people all over the world.
While standing on a wakeboard, a rider is towed by a rope behind a boat or other motorized vehicle.
Though most beginners start by holding their position on the board, advanced riders usually attempt to perform awe-inspiring, midair maneuvers in the boat’s wake.
Though wakeboarding is a fun, leisurely sport, there are also high-level competitions for the best wakeboarders to compete in, such as the X Games.
Though you’ll find wakeboarders all over the world, it is extremely popular in the U.S. state of Texas.
Though Texas may best be known for its hot weather and incredible food, it also has plenty of lakes for wakeboard enthusiasts to enjoy.
4 of the best lakes in Texas for wakeboarding
Lake Travis – Central Texas
As one of the clearest lakes in the entire state, Lake Travis is commonly referred to as the “crown jewel” in the Texas lake crown.
Lake Travis is an incredibly expansive body of water that stretches 63.75 miles long and 4.5 miles wide.
In close proximity to Austin, Lake Travis’ sheer size and depth brings hundreds of lake-goers everyday to boat, fish, swim, scuba dive and camp in the surrounding area.
Wakeboarders love Lake Travis for its relatively warm, scenic waters that provide smooth boarding.
With great views all around, Lake Travis also has enough space for wakeboarders to spread out and show off their best aerial stunts.
If you’re looking to rent a boat or even get a private wakeboarding lesson, Lake Travis offers several professional options for both, and most companies will allow parties to rent for up to 8 hours on the water.
If you don’t feel comfortable operating the boat, you can also hire an operator to tag along with you.
Because Lake Travis is so big, there is no central point of access, but there are several recreation area launch points to choose from (though some do require fees).
Lake Travis is always open to the public year-round except in severe weather events, like flooding or drought.
Lake Lewisville – North Texas
Ask any seasoned wakeboarder where their favorite spot action is, and many of them may say Lake Lewisville.
Located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Lake Lewisville is a Corps of Engineer reservoir spanning 29,000 acres and 233 miles of shoreline.
Wakeboarders and swimmers alike love Lake Lewisville for its calm, blue waters and fairly consistent sunny weather.
On any given day, hundreds of visitors can be seen boating, jet-skiing and fishing, just to name a few activities.
And, while you’re wakeboarding, you may catch a glimpse of the many species of fish that call Lake Lewisville home, including large-mouth bass, crappie and catfish.
There are many great boat-rental companies that serve Lake Lewisville, and all require a valid, over-18 ID to operate.
In addition, because Lake Lewisville is so expansive, it’s a great idea to take a map or GPS with you if you are unfamiliar with the lake.
Once you’re packed up for the day, the surrounding Lewisville Lake Park offers a variety of overnight amenities like RV and tent camping, as well picnic areas and 24-hour fishing barges.
Entrance fees include $3 per car for Lewisville residents and $10 per car for nonresidents.
Since this lake can get pretty crowded on the weekends, aim to go on a weekday for some secluded wakeboarding fun.
Lake Amistad – Southwest Texas
Nestled on the U.S. and Mexico border, Lake Amistad is a tropical oasis in a desert and perhaps one of the best lakes in Texas for wakeboarding.
Stretching 64,900 acres, Lake Amistad boasts more than enough room for wakeboarders to get out on the water and have much of the lake to themselves.
Here, marine and aquatic vegetation life flourish under high canyon walls and warm water, creating a wakeboarder’s dream.
Just 10-15 minutes outside of Del Rio, Lake Amistad is a great city getaway to beat the heat.
Overall, there is great scenery to take in and many small archeological sites to explore or camp out in, like the Devil’s River Arm.
There are several boat-renting companies to choose from here and four main boat launches if you bring your own vessel.
There is a $4 1-day pass available, as well as a $10 3-day pass. If you enjoy your day on the lake, you can purchase an annual pass for $50.
Lake Amistad can be accessed by car or bus from the north or south via US 277/377.
Lake Austin – Central Texas
If you’re a city dweller living in Austin still looking for some wakeboarding action, Lake Austin is a great option.
Stretching over 1,500 acres, Lake Austin is a reservoir created by dams along the lower Colorado River.
Because neighboring Lady Bird Lake doesn’t allow for motorized boat traffic on their waterways, Lake Austin sees a great number of boaters every day and less kayakers and paddle boarders to keep an eye out for.
This makes for open water and exciting wakeboarding possibilities under fair winds and sunny skies.
Lake Austin’s narrow river basin provides great views along the shoreline as you fly through the air, including the famous 360 Bridge overhead.
Because Austin is so popular with locals and tourists, there is a great demand for boat-rental companies, giving way to several lakeside options if you don’t own a boat.
Many of these companies offer personalized lessons for both kids and adults.
There are two major public boat ramps: the Walsh Boat Landing (fee required) located off Lake Austin Blvd., and a ramp below the Loop 360 bridge (fee required).
An additional ramp is located at Emma Long Park, where you can also set up camp if you’re planning on staying overnight.
Whichever lake you decide to try wakeboarding on next, always practice proper safety precautions and have fun!
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