In 1942, Lake Travis was formed by the construction of Mansfield Dam by the Lower Colorado River Authority. It is one of seven reservoirs forming the Highland Lakes, and is fed by the Colorado River. Lake Travis was formed in an effort to provide a water supply for the surrounding areas, protect Austin from flooding, and generate hydroelectric power.
The lake is 63.75 miles long, and stretches from Travis County to Burnet County. It has a maximum width of 4.5 miles, and 270 miles of shoreline. The average depth of the lake is 668.99 feet. It reached a historical minimum depth on August 14, 1951, at 614.18 feet, and a historical maximum on December 25, 1991, at 710.44 feet. Lake Travis is considered full at a depth of 681.1 feet. The amount of water stored in the lake can drop significantly within a few months depending on rainfall and water use. It can fill up in just a few hours or days during heavy rainfall or flooding.
Lake Travis is one of the most popular recreational lakes within the state of Texas. People flock to the lake during the hot summer months to enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, picnicking and camping. LCRA owns 19 parks and recreation areas that occupy about 7,550 acres of land around the Highland lakes, primarily around Lake Travis. One of these parks is Hippie Hollow, the only clothing-optional public park in Texas.
Lake Travis is home to many species of fish, turtles, and ducks. Fish species include large mouth bass, Guadalupe bass, white bass, striped bass, catfish, and sunfish.
We have hundreds of waterfront and lakefront homes available for rent during your vacation on Lake Travis.
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We have hundreds of boats and jetskis available for rent during your vacation on Lake Travis.
We have hundreds of boat slips available for rent during your vacation on Lake Travis.