Guest article by Amanda Gagnon
Anyone who has lived, worked, or played in Austin in the summer can agree on one thing: it’s hot! This summer is no exception, with scorching temperatures currently over 100 degrees. To beat the heat, you’ll find many locals and visitors splashing around in the swimming holes and lakes that surround our beautiful city.
Discovering Jones Brother’s Park on Lake Travis
Located less than an hour from downtown Austin, Jones Brother’s Park is a vast greenspace situated on the shore of Lake Travis in the city of Jonestown. Lake Travis spans approximately 65 miles and is known for its serpentine course, limestone bottom, and clear water. Certain areas of the lake can become crowded on the weekends and holidays, but Jones Brother’s Park is refreshingly low-key, with plenty to do for the whole family.
I first stumbled across Jones Brother’s Park a few years ago when I was boating on Lake Travis and was pleasantly surprised to find a quiet cove to anchor at. Then the drought happened. The same cove eventually dried up and I forgot about the park altogether. But last year, I rediscovered this gem and am more than happy to make the commute to spend some quality time at this lakeside location.
What to Expect
One thing I would suggest doing, prior to venturing out to Jones Brother’s Park, is to check the water levels at the lake. On a recent trip, the water levels had dropped, but there was still plenty of water to swim and use the boat launch. If the water level gets too low, it may not be ideal for boating or swimming. Also, the park may not be accessible if the lake floods. Just something to keep in mind.
The park offers many amenities, but two things it does not have are crowds, even on the weekends, or an entrance fee, which makes it even more appealing. If you decide to play hooky from work one day and head out during the week, you may not see another soul. The park perks up a bit on the weekends and you will see many people taking advantage of the boat launch. Despite having a launch at this location, there is not a lot of boat traffic at this part of the lake, so the water remains calm and safe for swimmers of all ages.
When you first enter Jones Brother’s Park, which is located at the end of a residential street, you will first notice its size. It is a rather large park with a huge greenspace. There are plenty of parking, picnic tables, and grills spread out over the entire park. The entrance is also where you’ll find the baseball field, tennis court, and a sand volleyball court.
Swimming and More
Jones Brother’s Park is one of my favorite spots to swim. It is a large cove, so there is plenty of space for people to spread out, lounge on their floats, and catch some rays. There is a rocky, beach-like area, which is the entrance into the water. It’s a gradual drop off, making the spot perfect for kiddos. Children will also enjoy the large playground, and parents will love that the surrounding area is shaded by plenty of oak trees. The park is a great spot for a birthday party or family get-together, and covered pavilions are available for use.
If you’re looking to explore, Jones Brother’s Park also has kayak and paddle board rentals, as well as hiking trails with gorgeous views of the lake. Bathrooms are also available throughout the park. Have I convinced you to take a meandering trip out to Jonestown yet?
If you’re looking to stay cool this summer, but long lines and crowds are not for you, then Jones Brother’s Park may become your new favorite spot. Grab the family, Fido, your picnic basket, and plenty of sunscreen, and head northwest for a day on Lake Travis.
10301 Lakeside Dr. Jonestown, Texas 78645 – Website
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Amanda Gagnon is always in search of the tastiest local food finds, exploring all that Austin has to offer. Follow her on Instagram to check out her Austin adventures.
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