It’s time to do it big! Jet skiing in Texas affords miles of stunning shoreline across the state’s sparkling lakes and the Gulf Coast. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been jet skiing for a decade or if you’re just hopping on for the first time, in Texas, everyone can have the ride of a lifetime. Here are five exhilarating jet skiing spots in the Lone Star State.
Lake Travis near Austin, Texas, despite not originally being designed for recreational use, is one of the most popular recreational lakes in the state. You’ll find plenty of anglers, boaters, swimmers, scuba divers, and jet skiers on the water. Take note: Lake Travis is close to Hippie Hollow Park, a nudist beach at the eastern end of the lake. Don’t be surprised if you see a few clothing-optional visitors. Check out Luxury Boat Rentals to rent a jet ski for the day.
Lake Amistad is massive. It boasts a surface area of nearly 70,000 acres and “is best known for excellent water-based recreation, camping, hiking, rock art viewing, and its cultural heritage,” according to the National Recreation official website. You’ll have to contend with lots of other visitors, but with so much open water, you’ll find plenty of space to jet ski to your heart’s content.
Lake Conroe, near Houston, is a popular residential area. Its 21,000 surface acres are used for boating, fishing, hunting, golfing, swimming, water skiing, pleasure boating, jet skiing, and more. The lake is man-made, but stocked regularly with fish. Its proximity to Houston has made Lake Conroe one of the go-to lakes in Texas, so be ready to contend with a crowd. There are several rental options available in the area.
The Gulf Coast covers over 600 miles of coastline, and just about anywhere on it can be a fantastic place to jet ski. USA Today recommends Corpus Christi’s J.P. Luby Surf Park. Jet ski rental locations are peppered throughout the coast if you don’t have your own. Make sure to check which access point you’re using to make sure it’s legal to jet ski at that specific location—if it’s not, you’re usually not too far away from another legal spot.
Canyon Lake is known for their watersports, boasting that it is “where waters sports are king!” Canyon Lake has 80 miles of shoreline covering over 8,200 acres. Fishermen, swimmers, boaters, parasailers, wave runners, scuba divers, nature watchers, and jet skiers flock to Canyon Lake for its emphasis on water recreation and for a good time. Stop by the nearby seafood restaurants after a day on the water to relax and take in the scenery.