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.

Watercraft/Boat Rentals - As of August 14, 2020 - the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department implemented guidelines regarding commercial uses at the site.  See the "Posted Guideline and Closure Information" below.  All commercial uses require a permit for those who qualify to receive approval under the guidelines. These requirements apply to any watercraft at the property used for any commercial purpose.  Any watercraft or company not meeting the guidelines may not legally operate at the site.

Posted Commercial Use Guidelines/ Permit Requirements

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, is 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 guidelines regarding the use of Walsh Boat Landing.
  • Overview Map of Site Related to Guidelines
  • Information about Temporary Concession Permits
Park Rules and Laws Common to the Park/Boating

Rules:

  • Pets must remain on leash and under the control of the owner at all times. Styrofoam is prohibited.

Common City of Austin Laws:

  • Alcohol is prohibited by Ordinance in all City of Austin parks except by permit. 
  • Commercial Activity, Vending or Concessions are prohibited without a permit from the parks department.
  • Glass containers are prohibited in the entire park system.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all park areas.  Violations are a Class C Misdemeanor.
  • Amplified Sound/Music on the waterway - A person may not operate sound equipment in a watercraft audible or causing a vibration 100 feet from the equipment. NO amplified sound is permitted on land component of the park grounds.
  • 8-5-81 - WATERCRAFT AND OTHER MOTORIZED CRAFT ON LAKE AUSTIN. (A) A person may not use or possess a jet ski, wet bike, motorized surfboard, or similar device on Lake Austin:  (1) from sunset on the Friday before Memorial Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Memorial Day; (2) from sunset on the Friday before Labor Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Labor Day; or (3) from sunset on July 3 until sunrise on July 5.
  • Boating: Know Before You Go - Austin Police Department Boating Video

Full Park Rules

 

 

Park Map and Location

Location: 1600 Scenic Dr., Austin, Texas 78703

Map showing location of Walsh Boat Landing

Construction Project Information
Posted:  8/20/2020 Construction activities have been completed.
 
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 the 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 to 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 the 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 group sessions were being 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.