Lady Bird Lake (originally called Town Lake) was created in the '70s as the centerpiece of Austin's downtown outdoor recreation. The 400-acre reservoir is ideal for kayaking, SUPing, canoeing, rowing and swimming.
What Makes It Great
Occasionally, you'll see some dragon boats on the water. The lake is off-limits to most motorized boats, so the conditions are generally calm and safe. Additionally, Barton Springs -- a popular swimming area -- flows into Lady Bird Lake. You can paddle for hours on the 6-mile stretch of river, or choose one of these popular 3- to 5-mile loops. Float time will vary according to water levels, so plan accordingly.
Who is Going to Love It
Paddlers who want to have a nice, long day on the water will enjoy Lady Bird Lake. The easy access and cityscape scenery are nice backdrops and it's a good sized reservoir.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There are several access points, as well as a number of rental outfitters if you're just stopping by for a day. Fishing is also an option, with largemouth bass and sunfish stealing the spotlight. And if you get lucky, you might be able to catch some live music at one of the many riverside performance venues!