Volente sits on Lake Travis off of Farm Road 2769, eighteen miles northwest of Austin in northwestern Travis County. Local tradition offers several stories regarding the origin of its name. One is that an early resident suggested it from a book she was reading at the time. Another story, more colorful but less likely, suggests that the name was an Indian word meaning "God willing." Actually, volente is from the Latin word meaning "to be willing." A post office was established at Volente in 1886 with Andrew J. Stanford as postmaster. The area was partially submerged by Lake Travis in the 1930s, and residents had to relocate on higher ground. In the 1940s and early 1950s the community was called Dodd City, for a local realtor and restaurant owner, but later in the 1950s the name was changed back to Volente. The community population was estimated at 250 in 1959 and at 400 in 1989. In 1990 Volente had a church, a combination fire hall-community center, several businesses, and the Anderson Mill Museum. Today Volente is an area with something for everyone. Whether it’s an eclectic lake property, a traditional Texas style home or an upscale million dollar estate, it can be found in Volente.
Volente amenities are all about lake fun offering boat rentals, cruises, and parasailing. The Volente Beach Water Park plays host to numerous water slides and swimming areas, a great place for parties and for cooling off on hot Texas days. Volente offers marinas and lake access. Volente students attend Leander ISD with a variety of elementary schools like Winkley, Block House and Whitestone, Leander Middle School and Cedar Park High School, Leander High School or Vista Ridge High School.