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Wild Texas: Wildlife You Can See Around Lake Travis

Wild Texas: Wildlife You Can See Around Lake Travis


Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, is a gorgeous lake and a popular spot for visitors to go fishing, rent a boat, or enjoy a weekend camping trip. One of the best things about reconnecting with the great outdoors is the possibility of encountering some local wildlife and seeing animals that you may not normally get to see. So when you’re exploring the wilderness of Texas, here’s some wildlife you can see around Lake Travis.


One of the most majestic sights in any forest is deer. These quiet, noble creatures are one of the best things for any camper to encounter. Deer are most active in the early morning and evenings, and you can expect to see big families of them around the fall season. If you’re lucky enough to see deer roaming around, remain quiet and watch them go about their business.


Those more interested in the wildlife in Lake Travis instead of around it can expect to find some unique fish in the lake. Lake Travis is home to catfish, bluegill, and for interested anglers, the Guadalupe bass. This bass is the state fish of Texas and makes for a tasty meal over the campfire.


It’s always a good idea to exercise caution with the wildlife you can see around Lake Travis because the Austin area is home to a handful of venomous snakes. Fortunately, one of the most common snakes, the Texas Rat Snake, is nonvenomous and essentially harmless to humans. Exercise caution around any snake, but most of the time, they’ll just slither off and be on their way.


Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. These majestic flying creatures move about the night sky with dignity and grace. While many people have visions of bats as scary animals, they’re genuinely gentle creatures that do wonders for the local ecosystem. A swarm of bats in the night sky over Lake Austin can be as gorgeous and memorable as any fireworks display.

If you’re interested in camping around Lake Austin, it helps to have a solid plan. ATX Party Boats is here if you want to celebrate out on the lake during your next big vacation in the area. For more information on party boat rental costs, please contact us anytime to learn more about our available vessels and services or to book an appointment.

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