Primitive Camping and dry camping for RV's. Waterfront access to Lake Travis 25 minutes from downtown (used to be 17 minutes, but the city grew). Scuba diving is a major pastime here with an underwater park so bring a mask and snorkel!
Staying at Windy Point Park
This park is a hidden little gem on Lake Travis just outside of Austin Texas. They have about 20 campsites that would accommodate all types of campers from tents to RVs. The camp sites are rustic with no signage or amenities. The highlight is the lake and the facilities for scuba divers. They have ladders leading down to the lake with underwater statues, sunken boats, and training platforms for scuba training. They also have an air tank refill station and carts to haul your dive gear. The use fee is $10 in the week and $15 on the weekend. You can’t beat the price for the location and dive setup this close to Austin. I gave it a two based on the condition of the campsites and the look and feel of the overall park which is a bit run down. They appear to be storing old sail boats, campers, and d gear around the park.
I was referred to the place after visiting Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point. Bob Wentz Park is a day use only park operated by theTravis County Parks department. They do not offer overnight camping, but right next door is the privately owned and operated Windy Point Park.
It is a nice drive along some windy roads to get to this park. You will pass Hippy Hollow and Bob Wentz Park and then you will see the sign for Windy Point Park. Follow the signs to the parking lot. It looks a little sketchy when driving to the parking lot because there are some old dilapidated boats, automobiles and trash along the road. But once you reach the parking lot and grounds you'll feel a little more at ease. Park your car and visit the information kiosk. At the kiosk the friendly staff will welcome you and explain the park rules and fees - and there are some unique ones.
To begin with there are no reservations - it is first come first served only. However, I was told that they always have space. You can drink alcohol, but there are no glass containers, fires, pets, fireworks, firearms, fishing or spearguns. That's right spearguns!
One of the interesting attractions of this park is that they offer deep water access for SCUBA diving. This park is located on Lake Travis and at a location where the shelf drops off steeply into deep water. Just offshore there are some wrecks, sculptures and other objects that may be explored by Scuba divers.
For the typical camper the park offers walk-in campsites, carts to haul your gear, picnic tables, shade trees, toilets, showers and wifi. You should also be able to receive cellular service.
All of the camping is basically dispersed/primitive camping with all of the facilities located near the kiosk.
The entrance fees are all over the place. There are special prices for access on weekdays $8, weekends $15 and holidays $15. There is an addition $10 fee for camping. There is pricing for the entire weekend $45 and holiday weekend $60. And there is an annual pass for $200. I suppose that since this is a private campground and they offer some unique attractions, it is fitting that they might charge unique fees. They also sell ice and some snack items at the kiosk.
If you are visiting this place to scuba, it might be awesome. It is definitely unique.
If you are visiting this place to camp, I felt that the grounds and campsites were average and the amenities were just ok. There is light hiking, but no trails of any significant distance. The main attraction is the lakeshore and access to the water. The staff is nice.