Minutes from downtown on beautiful Lake Austin, The Miss High Life party barge are a great way to spend time on the lake. AquaPalooza is coming to Lake Travis in Austin TX in July 2010.  No exact date has been set yet, but it's supposed to be one of the last two weekends in July.
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We just returned from spending a few days boating and exploring a chain of Texas lakes known as the Highland Lakes. In the old days, the Colorado River was infamous for major flooding, particularly in Austin and the dams were used to tame the flooding and to generate hydroelectric power. In 1960, The City of Austin constructed Longhorn Dam to form Town Lake largely to help beautify the city and to form a cooling pond for its natural gas-burning plant just north of the river.
Another great way to explore Town Lake is to bike, run, or walk the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail which circles the Lake. Peddle your way into downtown and explore the shops, restaurants, University of Texas, and the Capital building. Hippie Hollow Park which is the only clothing optional public park in Texas and it is very popular for nude sunbathing and swimming - so cover the kids eyes as you boat by and leave the binoculars at home!
If you don't have a boat, there are plenty of places to rent jet skis, ski boats, party barges and even houseboats for a day or weekend of fun. After boating on Travis, we headed to the Oasis, the sunset capital of Texas, for appetizers, drinks, live music and watching the sunset over Lake Travis. The third lake in the chain of Highland Lakes is Lake Marble Falls (the smallest of the chain, excluding Town Lake) which is a narrow (maximum width is 1080 feet) and short 5.75 mile stretch of the Colorado River with not much to see and do. The final lake in the Highland Lakes chain is the 31 mile long and clear Lake Buchanan which is the highest and broadest (maximum width of almost 5 miles) of the Highland Lakes.
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The Following is information and guidelines for all our rentals here at Harborside Rentals.
DEPOSIT: an advance deposit equal to 50% of your rental fee is required to reserve a charter.
CANCELLATION POLICY: in the event that cancellation of a reservation is necessary, written notice must be received at least 60 days prior to reservation date. This is an boat dock located on a bend in Lake Austin across from Canyonland Nature Preserve. Check out photos of the boat in our Pictures section and make sure to check out Reservations and Pricing to see if the time slot you want is available.
We have a long way to go but we can come close..I know the places on the lake and all the boaters would love to see more rain and this event take place! What a fun way to spend a part of the summer -- the water is some of the clearest in Texas, the Hill Country and the lakes are very scenic, and there is plenty to see and do on and near each of the lakes.
The Texas Highland Lakes are a chain of man-made lakes formed by several dams on the Texas Colorado River (this is not the same as the Colorado River that flows through the Grand Canyon and empties into the Gulf of California) which winds Southeast from its headwaters near the border of Texas and New Mexico through Central Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.

All of the dams, with the exception of Longhorn Dam, were constructed by the Lower Colorado River Authority during the 1930s and 1940s. Lake Austin is only 1599 acres and 1300 feet at its widest point and it winds through some of the prettiest Austin Hill Country. Some houses line the shoreline but the only reason to boat here is to fish, ski or board on what is usually very smooth water with little to no boat traffic.
When not being used, this boat has been stored dry and indoors since purchased new and wiped down after every use. This Peppy lil' Fish & Ski & wakeboard boat completely transforms into a great Fishing Boat. The dramatic, power-vented, curved windshield surrounds the helm and bridge providing a snug and extremely comfortable entertainment area, and superb, all-round visibility. This gives your Family and BIG Friends AMPLE HEAD-ROOM for hosting parties, grilling, and watching Football, Comfortably! She's also equipped with a $2,000+ Interphase Twinscope(forward and down Scanning) Sonar, icemaker, and a Complete Galley. No special boat license needed, only respect for size of craft, its engines, basic boating rules and courtesy.
If the deposit is to be mailed, it must be received within seven (7) days in order to hold the reservation.
It designed by Bercy Chen Studioin cylinder shape, maximizes the views arround this building and capture more landscape into the visual frame. Our goal is to make your time on the lake as carefree and enjoyable as possible, don't hesistate to give us a call with any questions or requests. We're in a rainy El Nino, it's even raining today, so the hopes are that the Lake Travis will be back up to normal, if not above normal, by July.As more details are released for this fun Austin TX activity, along with who will be playing, I'll post more about the event, so keep coming back for updates! Here are a couple of other good links to learn more about the Highland Lakes - Highland Lakes Overview and Highland Lakes Interactive Map. Lake Austin is a Texas Outside Favorite Lake (click here to read the review) and rated 8.5 stars out of ten. As you can see from the pictures, in the summer of 2006, the water level was down over 20 feet yet there was still lots of lake to explore. The multiple decks offer spectacular views of the lake and I don't know of a better place in Texas to watch the sunset. This 21.15 mile long lake has some of the best cruising through million dollar homes that cover the shoreline and in the the canals of Horseshoe Bay's Applehead Island. A pedestal helm seat sits adjacent to a curved companion bench seat, forming a relaxing conversation area overseeing one the most innovative control consoles of her time. The cockpit features a bucket seat at the helm, L-shaped portside companion lounge with aft facing bench seat and a transom bench seat forming an aft conversation or serving (with removable dinette table) area. A $1000 security deposit is required upon departure and will be refunded when the vessel returns on time, clean, undamaged and with complete inventory. For cancellations received within a period of 60 to 30 days prior to reservation date, payment will be refunded less a $500 cancellation fee. If your boat is on the lake with more than the approved number of people, we reserve the right to board the boat and return it to the Marina. This boat dock also decorated with wonderful artificial waterfall that will give a peace sound when you on this boat dock. Lake Austin is more like a river with beautiful scenery flowing up and down its 20 miles of shoreline which is lined with very beautiful and expensive homes in the hills and along the shoreline.
Lake Travis is one of the deepest lakes in Texas and the water is very clear and emerald green in color.
You should also cruise up the Colorado arm if you are looking for smooth water or to see more beautiful homes. It doesn't take long to cruise the entire lake, so you come to this lake to camp, swim, fish or ski -- and there is usually not much traffic to content with. The rear swim platform is the best part of the boat with lots of room and a on-board cooler under the back seat.

An aft-facing wraparound lounge complete the cockpit area and accommodate larger groups in style. New bottom paint in 05, VHF, snap-in berber carpet, Remote spotlight, bow cushion, Propane grill, and much more. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to reservation date will forfeit total prepayment.
The remainder of the rental time will be forfeited and damages, cleaning fees, etc will be charged against the deposit. There are some fun bars and restaurants right on the water that offer drinks, good food, and live music. We like to cruise down the Sunrise Beach arm where you can beach your boat on the sandbar to socialize, swim or play water volleyball. Inks Lake State Park has a nice 9 hole golf course and a concession that rents canoes, paddle boats, and surfbikes. This boat feels much larger than a typical 22' boat with all of the roominess and full size walk thru to the rear swim platform. Also, willing to negotiate the remainder of the slip contract and purchase of Galva lift (6000 pounds). Failure to comply with safe boating procedures will cause remainder of rental time to be forfeited and damages, cleaning fees, etc will be charged against the deposit. If a reservation must be rescheduled, there will be a $100 fee charged up until 30 days prior to reservation date.
Lake Austin also has a couple small coves for swimming and raft-ups and the skiing and boarding is excellent if the lake is not too crowded. Lake LBJ also has plenty of accommodations to fit your taste and budget ranging from RV Parks to condos to some large 5 bedroom houses right on the lake. She is moored and stays covered on a hoist in a Protected slip over the Beautiful Blue Waters of Lake Travis.
For groups of more than 15, the customer is responsible for providing additional life jacket(s) as required by law.
At dusk, from March to September, Austinites and tourists line the bridge and riverbanks to watch the dramatic sight of the bats streaming out in their nightly quest for insects.
You can usually find some calm water for skiing on the north end of the lake or in some of the larger coves. The seating and flooring have the option of converting into a bass boat type rig with flat uncluttered decking that offers plenty of room for fishing. We regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies as a cause for cancellation. If you Ski, Wakeboard and Tube, Stay out all day with this Fuel-Efficient 4.3ltr Volvo-Penta GL EFI. Functional features include self-bailing anchor storage, automatic bilge pump with override, stainless steel pull-up cleats and depth sounder. Once a reservation has been confirmed, no adjustment to rental rates will be made as a result of adverse or inclement weather or lake conditions. Convenience features include plenty of storage with in-floor and side panel compartments, bow cooler with drain, and under-seat trash receptacle. Ask the houseboat manager any questions if you are uncertain about any operating procedure with regard to the boat, navigation, anchoring, etc. Fun features include an extended swim platform with stainless steel telescoping ladder on bow and stern and awesome race car styling.
Do not attempt to leave Hurst Harbor until you are comfortable in the operation of the boat.

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