Located just west of Austin, Windy Point Park Beach is one of the amazing Lake Travis beaches. It is a popular swimming, picnicking, scuba diving, and camping destination for families and groups. The privately-owned park offers protected swimming and diving areas as well as a scenic picnic ground, where you can relax in the shade of trees and enjoy a meal without the crowds.
The lawn in the park is clean and well-groomed and provides nice opportunities for primitive tent camping. Windy Point Park is a great spot to bring your family and friends and relax in the sun, enjoy the refreshing lake water, and engage in some outdoor activities, with all the amenities close by.
Location and Access
The park is located at 6506 Bob Wentz Park Road in Austin, Texas. The visiting hours are from 8 a. m. to 10 p. m. Entrance costs $10 on weekdays and $15 on holidays and weekends (children under 9 can go in for $5). Having paid once, you can go in and out as many times as you like during the same day. Overnight camping is charged $10 per person. Children and teens under 16 can enter only with adults.
Facilities and Amenities
Windy Point Park provides clean and well-maintained public restrooms, rinse showers, and changing rooms. For your convenience, there are protected areas for swimming and diving with stairs leading down to the lake. If you’re planning a picnic, you can make use of the numerous fire pits and picnic tables.
For divers, there are also special diving facilities (for more detail, check the information below). If you haven’t brought your own food and drinks, it’s not a big deal: you can either order pizza or Chinese food on-site or go somewhere for lunch and come back with the same entry ticket. There is free WiFi available for guests.
There are stairs for easy access from the steep rocky shore to the lake. The water is clean, clear, and feels very refreshing on a hot summer day. There are places deep enough for jumping in and not touching the bottom – the park rules prohibit jumping off the shore, but some visitors do it all the same. Scuba diving and snorkelling in the clean and clear waters of Lake Travis are also extremely popular activities in this beautiful place.
Diving Hot Spot
Windy Point Park is well known among divers as one of the best diving sites in central Texas. Amateur and professional divers from all over the state come here to explore the bottom of Lake Travis. There is an air-fill station available and several platforms where diving instructors can work. Moreover, some underwater rescue and fire rescue organizations use this park as a training ground. Instructors and diving masters can enter the park free of charge.
There are plenty of things to explore in Lake Travis, from boat wrecks to unique underwater sculptures (you can find a detailed map online). For advanced divers, there is a deep underwater canyon wall. However, be aware that the water temperature can drop by 30 degrees at bigger depths.
- 30 minutes from Downtown Austin, TX
- 1 hour 40 minutes from Waco, TX
- 1 hour 40 minutes from San Antonio, TX
Hotels and rentals
If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:
- Nearby rentals from VRBO.
- Nearby rooms and properties from Booking.com.
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Windy Point Park Beach which you can visit:
- Bob Wentz Park Beach (0 miles)
- Hippie Hollow Beach (McGregor County Park) (1 mile)
- Mansfield Dam Park Beach (1 mile)
- Tom Hughes Park Beach (2 miles)
- Lake Travis Beach (2 miles)