Just a 30-minute drive from the heart of downtown Austin, it should come as no surprise that Lake Travis is popular with Austin locals looking to trade the city for a little lakeside living. Formed in 1942 with the construction of Mansfield Dam, Lake Travis is a reservoir on the Colorado River—and with its famously crystal-clear waters and reputation for a fun time, is easily one of the most popular recreational destinations in the state. This has helped make Lake Travis cabins a popular Texas vacation rental option throughout the year.

Let it go with a lakeside vacation by Texas’ Lake Travis

With 271 miles of shoreline, there’s plenty of Lake Travis to go around. The lake is famous for its unique limestone bottom, which is the secret behind its crystal-clear water. Water sports, of course, are a favorite pastime for visitors to the lake, with waterskiing, jet skiing, swimming, boating, fishing, and even scuba diving all on the menu. On terra firma, you can head to The Oasis, a popular restaurant and live music venue for the best sunset views, or take to the trees on a zipline course. Covering over 18,000 acres, it can be difficult to know where to stay, especially if you’re new to the area, so take a look at these options for some of Lake Travis’ most coveted cabins.

Get ready for adventure at Point Venture

You’ll find Point Venture on the northern bank of Lake Travis. Blessed with water views from 3 sides of this small promontory, vacation home rentals in Point Venture often feature lake views or private docks. The small lakeside community is also home to a popular golf course, as well as a busy marina, plenty of shopping opportunities, and a variety of bars and restaurants. Many of the Lake Travis cabin rentals in this area are suitable for larger groups, with plenty of space and amenities.

Vacation rentals in Point Venture

Cabins and vacation homes in Point Venture offer chic, stylish, comfortable surroundings suitable for the whole family or a group of friends. Most of the vacation rentals in this area of Lake Austin boast multiple bedrooms, as well as spacious living areas, gourmet kitchens, and outdoor seating areas with. If you’re lucky, your deck will be blessed with water views, while boat enthusiasts will want to keep an eye out for rentals with slips and docks.

Vacation perfection in Volente

Located on the northeast bank of Lake Travis, Volente is one of the most popular vacation communities on the entire reservoir. Within minutes of both the popular Oasis and the alternative Hippie Hollow Park, Volente offers easy access to some of Lake Travis’ biggest and best attractions. A trip to Lake Travis simply isn’t complete without taking in the lake's scenic sunsets with a drink in hand from the multi-story decks and balconies of The Oasis, while aptly named Hippie Hollow Park is the only beach in the neighborhood where clothing is optional.

Keep it cool with a cabin rental in Volente

As one of the most popular areas to stay on Lake Travis, Volente offers a wide range of options when it comes to vacation homes and cabins. Many of the vacation home rentals in the area boast spacious living areas, multiple bedrooms—making them ideal for large groups—and, in some cases, outdoor decks and private docks. With stylish decor and cool features, these vacation homes are perfect for style-conscious city dwellers. Due to its positioning, Volente also boats some of the best sunsets on the lake.

Lakeside living in Spicewood

Set slightly away from it all, Spicewood offers peace and quiet on the Colorado River. The hometown of legendary musician Willie Nelson, Spicewood offers an authentic slice of Texan life with a healthy dose of musical heritage and natural beauty. While still close to all the action and adventure offered on Lake Travis, Spicewood offers something a little more serene in the scenic Texas Hill Country. There’s plenty to do here too, with canopy tours, country clubs, Pace Bend Park, and the gorgeous Krause Springs swimming hole and waterfall.

Settle in for a slice of lakefront life in Spicewood

As with other Lake Travis vacation rentals, the options in Spicewood are perfect for big group getaways. They’re also beautifully decorated with chic touches and stylish features, while providing everything else you’d want from a lakeside property. Lake Travis cabins with boat launches and docks are always popular, and luckily you’ll find several to choose from near Spicewood. Other features you’re sure to love include hot tubs, well-equipped kitchens, garages, and plenty of outdoor space.