Walsh Boat Landing is a concrete boat ramp on Lake Austin, operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. Capacity issues at the dock have created the need to look at how access at the dock can be safely and efficiently managed for all dock users. After a significant community engagement, the Department began construction to address issues at the boat landing. Construction is currently in progress.

Boat launch fee: $10, payable by card/credit at the kiosks located in the parking lot.

August 14, 2020 - NEWS - See the "Posted Guideline and Closure Information" section for information/news about posted guidelines.

Posted Guidelines and Closure Information

Posted Guidelines

Posted: 8/14/2020 - Guidelines for Use of Walsh Boat Landing

As authorized by City Code Section 8-1-3, the Director of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department issues the following guidelines:

  • Effective August 15, 2020, Walsh Boat Landing, including the park, docks, and boat launches, are open to the public.
  • Also effective August 15, 2020, the following guidelines apply to Walsh Boat Landing. These guidelines prohibit all commercial activity that boards or disembarks passengers from the docks, boat launches, or any other part of Walsh Boat Landing.
  • These guidelines supersede any prior guideline regarding use of Walsh Boat Landing.
  • Overview Map of Site Related to Guidelines
  • Information about Temporary Concession Permits

Park Closures

Information on park closures related to emergency actions, disaster or similar conditions.

Park Map and Location

Location: 1600 Scenic Dr., Austin, Texas 78703

Map showing location of Walsh Boat Landingnt 1.

Construction Project Information
Posted: 6/30/20 – Construction Activities are progressing; Public Access remains closed.

The construction of the new boat dock and accessible pathways are nearing final completion. Anticipated completion date for project is mid - July 2020.

Construction at Walsh Boat Landing, image taken in January 2020

Construction Project - Community Engagement and Public Meetings

Community Engagement Activities - Phase A Implementation

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is proposing improvements to the Walsh Boat Landing 2.3 acre site that includes redevelopment of bulkheads and docks, installation of fish processing stations, resurfacing and modification to the access road, and improvements to sidewalks for compliance with the current American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Public Meeting #1
October 29, 2015, 6:30-7:30 PM, Lions Golf Course Club House

Public Meeting #2
April 19, 2016,
6:30-7:30 PM, Lions Golf Course Club House, 2901 Enfield Road

Public Meeting #3
January 18, 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM, Lions Golf Course Club House, 2901 Enfield Road

 

Community Engagement Activities - Access at Walsh Boat Landing

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department has held several focus group sessions with community and commercial stakeholders on the issue of space and access at Walsh Boat Landing. The goal of these meetings is to find a way to provide equal and efficient access at the dock for all of our users. Notes and agendas from each of the focus group sessions are included below.

November 20, 2014
The first focus group meeting  was held with the general public / individual users of dock on November 20, 2014.

December 10, 2014
The second focus group was held with commercial users of the dock on December 10, 2014. These focus groups sessions were to held to help define the issues from the stakeholder perspective and brainstorm possible solutions. A third meeting will be held on January 13, 2015.

January 13, 2015
This meeting was a joint conversation with both individual and commercial users of the dock on potential temporary and long-term solutions.

 

For more information, please email the Austin Parks and Recreation Department: Walsh Boat Landing.

Walsh Boat Landing Photo

Photo of Walsh Boat Landing