This park is located just next to the Mansfield Dam on Lake Travis and offers a good variety of recreational opportunities from swimming and fishing to picnicking and hiking. As a popular tourist destination, it features all necessary amenities, such as restrooms and picnic areas. As one of the main access points for boaters and scuba divers, the park is equipped with the largest public boat ramp on the lake and features a scuba diving park.
Location and Access
Mansfield Dam Park is located at 4370 Mansfield Dam Park Road in Austin and is open every day from sunrise till dusk. The boat ramp offers round-the-clock access. Entrance costs $10 per vehicle or $3 per person if you travel on foot or by bicycle. Overnight camping for scuba divers is $20 per vehicle. The park often gets overcrowded on summer weekends – when this happens they can close the entrance for new visitors during the day. Be ready for such unexpected closures.
You’re allowed to bring your pet, but you must keep it on a leash. In the parking area and on the beach, you can’t smoke tobacco, but you can freely drink alcohol if you hide it in a koozie.
The central area of the park offers chess tables, a children’s playground, and picnic sites. There are grassy areas, benches, and shaded picnic tables with BBQ grills, where you can conveniently cook and eat your lunch in a beautiful natural setting, enjoying the scenic views of the Lake Travis basin. There is a pavilion you can rent for the day for $50 plus entrance and reservation fees. You can easily reach the picnic sites or access the lake via a hike and bike trail, running through the park. It’s the best place to stroll, watch wildlife, and enjoy the views. Once you need a break, you may stop at a gazebo surrounded by trees and vines and relax there for a while.
Lake Travis boasts wonderful cool, clean, and bright blue water. Swimming in the lake is a popular activity and one of the best ways to cool off on a hot summer day in Texas. Mansfield Dam Park offers one of the few convenient beach access points on the lake. The beach is easily accessible but quite rocky, so it is recommended to bring water shoes. The water in the swimming area is gradually shallow, which is good for children. Moreover, you can ask at the park entrance how to get free life jackets.
In summer, the boat ramp can get quite busy, so get ready for launch delays. It’s considered to be the most accessible boat ramp on the lake, featuring four lanes and a handicap-accessible courtesy dock.
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