Community & Relocation Information
The Lago Vista and Jonestown area is a beautiful lakeside community set on the North Shore of Lake Travis located minutes west of Cedar Park, Texas. As part of the spectacular Texas Hill Country, our 9,000+ residents enjoy an abundance of scenery, wildlife, lake living and a relaxing environment. In addition to our highly desired location and variety of businesses, the Lago Vista/Jonestown area also boasts highly acclaimed schools, a property owners association with several lakeside parks for Lago Vista residents, challenging golf courses, wineries, performing arts, marinas, easy access to the Hill Country and more. We are also connected to the Cap Metro Metrorail system for easy and hassle-free conncetion to downtown Austin. Below you will find more information about our spectacular area setting and all that it offers to those who live here and also visit. Click on the map to see a larger version of the Lago Vista, Jonestown and Point Venture area.
The City of Lago Vista
The City of Lago Vista Texas has a population of 6,268 and encompasses nearly 15 miles of gorgeous Lake Travis shoreline. Originally developed in the 1960's as a lake resort it was incorporated in the early 1980's as a mayor-city council government. Lago Vista is the gateway to the reknowned Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge which is dedicated to the protection of the golden cheek warbler and other wildlife. Lago Vista is also home to the Rusty Allen Airport which is suited for private small aircraft. Lago Vista was the only GAC airport in the country to support such flights.
Annual area events include the Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament, Lago Vista La Primavera Bicycle Race, Jonestown Cajun Cook-Off, Jonestown Swift Fest, Lago Fest, Balones Canyonlands Songbird Festival and the Lago Vista 4th of July Celebration with grand fireworks over the lake. Dining options include everything from bbq, to tex-mex, country comfort, bistro style and more.
For residents the Lago Vista Property Owners Association designated area, there are 9 private lakeside parks, swimming pool, activity center with fitness area, a 250 person capacity clubhouse and marina.
The City of Lago Vista operates both golf courses and Sports Complex with features a family-style pool with changing rooms, lanes for laps and kiddie area with water slide and other water features. Lago Vista is also home to the exemplary Lago Vista ISD which opened a brand new state-of-the-area high school in the fall of 2014.
Lago Vista Resource Links
- The City of Lago Vista (information about police, public works, recycling and development departments)
- Lago Vista Property Owner's Association
- Lago Vista ISD
- Capital Area Metro (complete website with MetroRail schedules into Austin --- a perfect way to visit Austin and leave your car and parking hassles behind)
City of Jonestown
The City of Jonestown has a population of 1,834 and lies just 3 miles east of Lago Vista. The community is situated on a peaceful long cove on Lake Travis that is accented by it's public Jones Brothers Park with features 3 boat ramps, covered picnic pavilions, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts and more. The park is host to a variety of events including the Jonestown Cajun Cook-Off, Lakefest 5K Challenge, Swiftfest and more. Jonestown was founded in the 1930's by Emmett A. Jones and his brother Warren and later was incorporated in the early 1980's. Jonestown is also home to The Hollows - a luxury development which boasts a variety of cottages, villas and casitas available for vacation rentals along with marina with boat rentals, hiking and biking trails, and beach club with impressive resort style pool, restaurant and more.
Jonestown Resource Links
Lago Vista & City of Jonestown Education
Lago Vista Local School Information
Public schools serving students in Lago Vista, Point Venture and South Jonestown Hills are members of the Lago Vista Independent School District. The first Lago Vista school was established in 1895 as a one-room school. In 1975, Lago Vista ISD became a k-12 school system. Total enrollment in 2015-2016 was 1,436. The following schools comprise Lago Vista ISD:
- Lago Vista Elementary School (pre-kindergarten through 3rdgrade)
- Lago Vista Intermediate School (4thand 5thgrade)
- Lago Vista Middle School (6ththrough 8thgrade)
- Lago Vista High School (9ththrough 12thgrade)
The latest Lago Vista school profile offers more information.
The city of Jonestown is served by both the Lago Vista and Leander ISDs. Leander ISD is comprised of
- 25 Elementary Schools
- 8 Middle Schools
- 6 High Schools
- 2 Alternative Schools
Applying for College in Texas & Getting Help Paying for School
Students can use one application and apply for all public Texas universities here, along with some private universities and community colleges also.
A comprehensive website for Texas to explore and apply for higher learning programs.
All roads to federal financial aid, including Pell Grants, start here, with filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Find information on the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the Texas College Savings Plan, the Lonestar 529 Plan, the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan.
Learn how Texas families can be offered scholarships and grants by matching what they’ve saved for college.
Federal financial aid is available to accredited schools offering online programs and distance education. This guide explains how and why.
A guide with expert guidance to help military veterans and their families pay for college.
This guide offers some ways to pay for college beyond taking out massive amounts of student loans.
Campus & Online Higher Education Opportunities
Located about 35 miles away in neighboring Austin, this public university has an enrollment of approximately 50,000 students.
Georgetown lies about 30 miles away from Lago Vista and is home to Southwestern University, a four-year private university with United Methodist religious affiliation.
Several community colleges fall under the umbrella of the Austin Community College District, including the Cypress Creek Campus, located in about 15 miles from Lago Vista in Cedar Park. Other nearby locations include Round Rock, South Austin, and Lake Travis High School.
See how Texas colleges rank in terms of alumni debt, alumni income, affordability, tuition rates and more.
Programs offered at Texas State University are online and hybrid programs, meaning they are partially online and partially on campus.
Distance learning is mainstream and many respected institutions offer online degrees and programs. Find colleges and universities offering online programs in Texas and nationwide.
See how online and campus schools and colleges in Texas rank and learn more about higher education opportunities throughout the state.
Because so many Texas communities are rural, online programs are very important to students in the state. See how online programs in Texas rate, and which schools offer the best value.
With all of the world-class medical facilities in Texas, healthcare is a vitally important industry. This guide discussed licensing requirements for nurses in Texas and ranks the nursing programs in Texas.
Workforce, Continuing & Graduate Education
Students can complete a high school diploma, earn college credit without formal admission into the university, take courses to improve job performance and meet personal career goals, take a course for enjoyment and personal enrichment, or work towards a degree as a working professional.
Learn about UNT’s accelerated online master’s degree program.
Local students who wish to earn an MBA don’t need to travel to do it. This is just one example of the several online MBA programs available in Texas.
Located in nearby Austin, this organization offers help, support, education, training and information for job seekers, career planners, veterans and more.
The need is high in Texas for skilled trade workers. Those interested in pursuing a trade career have many options for vocational, trade and career schools in Texas. This guide helps students search for programs.
Professionals interested in obtaining an MBA via online means can search for programs and learn more about the typical online MBA curriculum.
Online accelerated master’s degree programs are offered by schools in Texas. This guide explores the accelerated MBA and what to expect.
Obtaining an advanced degree can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. This guide shows how to make a master’s degree affordable.
The North Shore Beacon
Is this the first ONLINE ONLY news and information source in the country serving a laid back but growing community? We're not sure. But it is headed by a longtime associate of our previous printed only newspaper and Bill Hughes is doing everything he can to make this source a reliable, accurate and timely news source for all things that matter to our North Lake Travis Community. Click here for free local news and sports.
LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority)
LCRA plays a variety of roles in Central Texas: delivering electricity, managing the water supply and environment of the lower Colorado River basin, developing water and wastewater utilities, providing public recreation areas, and supporting community and economic development. Their website also provides importan info regarding area weather and lake and river floods.
Click here for more info.