Lake Medina Information

Medina Lake is about 20 miles southeast of Medina, Texas and 40 miles northwest of San Antonio, Texas. Medina Lake’s deepest depth is 152 feet and has 152 miles of shoreline. Medina Lake’s waters are crystal clear and popular with scuba diving instructors and scuba divers. 

Medina Lake covers 5,426 acres and lies in Medina and Bandera Counties. In 1689, Spanish cartographer Pedro de Medina, operating under Spanish explorer Alonso de Leon, the first European to encounter the river, gave the region its names. Medina, River, Medina, Texas, and Medina Lake give homage to his name. 

Medina Lake Marinas

There are two marinas on Medina Lake, Joe’s Place Marina & Resort, and The Red Cove Cafe & Marina. Both offer similar amenities and amenities exclusive their services. Medina Lake is shaped like an L, with an east to west southern half, a northwestern arm and two northeastern arms, with one southeastern arm. 

The Red Cove Cafe & Marina is located on the bottom of the southeastern arm of Medina Lake at 255 County Road 2611 Mico, Texas. Depending on which way you are heading from to Medina Lake, the major roads running along Medina Lake are SH 18 from San Antonio to Park Road 37 south to FM 2837 south to FM 271 south into the marina. 

The Red Cove Cafe & Marina offers dry storage, marina storage, a boat ramp, and a café. Every boat slip comes with gated trailer storage and a designated parking area. Their dry storage units are located at the entrance of Red Cove, so you will not have to tow your boat a long way to the waters of Medina Lake. 

The Red Cove Cafe has been a long-standing staple in the Medina Lake community for many years. Their made-to-order burgers and hand-cut fries are favorites among locals.  Its boat ramp has a nice, gradual slope made from texture concrete and is able to launch anything you can pull behind your truck. This ramp launches anything from kayaks to offshore fishing boats on a weekly basis.

Joe’s Place Marina & Resort is located at 200 County Road 2620, Mico, Texas, right next to the far southwestern part of, but the northern western arm on the east to west channel of Medina River through Medina Lake. Joe’s Place is the only marina that offers boat rentals on Lake Medina.

Joe’s Place claims to have it all: camping, cabin rental, boat launch, boat rental, boat marina, and dock. Joe’s Place, a member of the Marina Association of Texas, is a lake-front, gated facility hosting dry storage, water slips, moorings, two cement boat ramps, fishing, picnic and campgrounds, a full hookup RV park, cabin rentals, beaches, swimming, party rental facility, and boat rentals. 

Joe’s Place has expensive fees. A yearly dock fishing fee is $200.00 per person per year and gives you 24/7 access. Tent Pads are $30.00 per night and holiday weekends go for a two-night minimum. The boat launch fee is $15 per boat, a $25 per jet ski, and overnight boat storage, wet or dry, at $15 if dry or wet storage is available. 

Check out our Lake Medina Marinas page for more.

Lake Medina Cabin Rentals

Cabin Rentals at Joe’s Place cost a night minimum on weekends and holidays. A signed contract and a security deposit of $250 is required.Weeknights are $125 per night, and weekends are $150 per night, plus prices are subject to change without notice.

Lake Medina has many options for vacation rental homes. Waterfront homes are there for the taking if you do your research on and There are vacation homes on Lake Medina’s shores and off the water close by. Lake Medina is relatively small compared to other Texas Lakes, but extremely beautiful and popular with visitors.  Browse our Lake Medina Cabin Rentals page for more.

Lake Medina Fishing Guides

Medina Lake was constructed between 1911-1912 as an irrigation reservoir. An extensive canal system delivers water to 34,000 acres of blackland prairie farmlands below the Balcones escarpment around Castroville, La Coste, Natalia, and Devine, Texas. Portions of the canal extend to urban San Antonio, just outside Loop 1604. 

Medina Lake is situated in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, where water flows clear and free, and seems to never stop flowing. Medina Lake is gorgeous, but not a large reservoir. Guides cater to the demand of the anglers wanting a fishing charter on Medina Lake, and there is not much demand. A few fishing charter services work Medina Lake exclusively, but you need to do your research and book early. Check out our Lake Medina Fishing Guides page.

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Lake Medina Weather Forecast


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Lake Medina Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 7/12: 970.34 (-91.66)

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