Nestled in the Highland Lakes area of Texas, the coveted reservoir along the Colorado River known as Lake Lyndon B. Johnson draws visitors from all over with its endless boating, swimming and fishing opportunities. Communities on and around the shores of Lake LBJ cater to the water-front resort atmosphere and vacation rentals near Lake LBJ are plentiful and convenient. Ready to fish for largemouth bass, do some water skiing, or enjoy a round of water tubing? You can find plenty of public boat ramps to shove off on your fishing boat or speedboat. If you’re looking for a lakeside cabin or a charming lake house for your Lake LBJ vacation, here are some of the best places to find the perfect vacation rental.
1. Horseshoe Bay
Whether you’re looking for a lakeside home where you can dock your boat, a high-rise condo or a resort on the water, Horseshoe Bay is the perfect vacation rental hot spot on the south shore of Lake LBJ. Golf courses such as Slick Rock Golf Course and Escondido Golf Course await travelers eager to get out on the green, and the countless boat ramps, yacht clubs, and marinas provide plenty of opportunities to get your craft out on the lake. You can also rent a jet ski or enjoy a hike down Horseshoe Creek Trail.
2. Granite Shoals
Located on a curve of Lake LBJ’s northeast shore, Granite Shoals is a community born from a lake resort that stays true to its roots. Lake homes with private docks line the shore alongside public accesses, and more than a dozen pocket parks throughout the town provide the perfect place to relax by the lake after a day of fishing or cruising the water. Make sure to check out the beautiful natural scenery, including the bluebells that are prevalent in the area.
3. Sunrise Beach Village
Across the lake from Granite Shoals on the west shore, Sunrise Beach Village stands as a nature-driven community where lakefront homes dot the tree-laden streets. Wake up to the sunrise over the lake before heading out on a boat moored at your own personal dock, and enjoy a plate of fried fish at one of the lakeside restaurants in the afternoon. A vacation rental in Sunrise Beach Village is also the perfect place to stow your canoe or kayak after a morning of paddling along the calm shoreline.
4. Highland Haven
This small lake community rests on a spit of land between Granite Shoals and Sunrise Beach Village on the north shore of Lake LBJ, hosting lakeside vacation homes ranging from cozy ranch-style houses to multi-story homes with balconies overlooking the water. Get your fishing boat, yacht or speedboat in the water at one of several public boat launches, and enjoy a quiet picnic at one of six lakeside parks. Highland Haven is also just a short drive from Longhorn Cavern State Park, an underground limestone cavern that’s open for exploration.
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5. Cottonwood Shores
Cottonwood Shores rests on the south point of Lake LBJ, offering easy access to the entertainment of Horseshoe Bay and the eclectic dining of Marble Falls just down the Colorado River. Launch your boat at a public access to cruise on Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, or the river. Kids love cooling off in the community’s splash pad, and the Cottonwood Shores Nature Preserve is a great place to look for swans, herons, and other local wildlife. After a day of tubing or water-skiing on the lake, stop by one of the grills and sports bars on the way back to your rental for a bite to eat.
6. Marble Falls
Nestled on the shores of the Colorado River just east of Lake LBJ, Marble Lakes is a larger town boasting more restaurants and shops without losing that waterfront community feel. Take a tour of the local wineries and breweries, or walk down to Lakeside Park for a game of tennis or a dip in the local swimming pool. If you’re visiting in August, don’t miss the Lakefest Drag Boat Races. Three public boat launches are your gateway to a day on the water, but if you get the chance, explore the downtown area for vibrant boutiques, coffee shops, fresh fudge, and art galleries.
The waterfront community of Meadowlakes is a neighbor to Marble Falls with all its parks and amenities, but the small gated village has a flavor all its own. Lower your watercraft at the boat ramp, or practice your swing at Hidden Falls Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course spread over 6,700 yards of green and challenging water hazards.
Look at the narrow north end of Lake LBJ where it splits into two rivers to find Kingsland on the area nestled between the bodies of water. Lakeside cottages with private water access, quiet cabins in the woods, and old-fashioned waterfront lodges populate the quiet streets, and whether you want to catch some big bass or cruise on a pontoon boat, a number of public boat launches are available. Boat or drive up the Llano River a small distance to reach the Slab, a popular sandy beach area where kids can build sandcastles or play in the shallow water. You can also fish off the docks at the public parks, try your luck at the Legends Golf Course, or rent a jet-ski or other watercraft.
Just east of Marble Falls along the river, this forested community is your go-to spot for a remote getaway. Take a short walk from your cabin or lake cottage to Shaffer Bend Recreation Area to explore the unspoiled riverfront wilderness or enjoy an afternoon picnic.
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