curved box top

blue top

blue line

Nt_partlycloudy


Nt_partlycloudy

Wind:  0 mph WSW

Humidity:  51%


blue bottom


blue top

blue line


Lake Travis Water Level

   updated 2:00 AM


blue bottom


blue top

Lake Travis Webcam

blue bottom


blue top

blue bottom


Contact Go Lake Travis

Lake Travis Opens for Boaters; Revelers Urged to Watch for Flood Debris

Posted: Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:39 AM - 3,672 Readers

By: Carlos Garcia


http://www.twcnews.com/content/dam/News/TX/LakeTravisOpen1.jpg
The Lower Colorado River Authority re-opened some of its lakes Friday, just in time for the weekend. Water managers are also advising anyone boating or swimming to be watching out for flood debris. But, since reopening, scores of boaters have been out on Lake Travis. As our Carlos Garcia reports, potentially dangerous waters couldn't keep nature lovers away from some fun under the sun.

Since reopening, boats have filled up Lake Travis.

The lake level is still well above its 681 foot capacity, but the water is slowly receding.

That's the reason the Lower Colorado River Authority opened Lake Travis for recreational boating.

Since reopening Friday, many have hot the water to enjoy the outdoors.

Time Warner Cable News went to the lake to catch up with some boaters who say, despite the dangers, they've been looking forward to the weekend for quite some time.

"There is no better way to spend it than out here on this beautiful lake that is now full instead of being in a drought all the time. We can actually come out here and enjoy it. So that's what we're out here to do man, have a good time," said boater James Beltran.

While Lake Travis has reopened, Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake are still closed for watercraft use.


Be Aware of Swift Currents and Submerged Dangers


On its website, LCRA said, "Flows throughout the Highland Lakes remain strong, and anyone boating or swimming should use caution and be on the lookout for debris and submerged objects. Flood management operations continue at all dams on the Highland Lakes. Water continues to flow over the spillway at Inks Dam, which has no floodgates."

LCRA recommends everyone on a boat wear a life jacket any time they are on or near the water.

Life jackets are a particularly good idea now, when flows are especially swift and Lake Travis has risen into its flood pool.

During current conditions, boaters on the Highland Lakes should slow to planing speeds at night for safety.

LCRA said debris and submerged objects pose even greater hazards at night, when they can be difficult or impossible to see from a distance.

http://www.twcnews.com/content/dam/News/TX/ausfloodedpark.png

Bacteria Levels High


Authorities also say bacteria levels in the Highland Lakes are higher than normal, so they're asking people to have fun but use caution when swimming.

Anyone choosing to go in the water now should avoid areas with debris, or where the water is not clear or foam is visible.

LCRA said unlike swimming pools, natural bodies of water such as the Highland Lakes are not chlorinated or disinfected, so swimming in a river, lake or pond always carries some risk of exposure to bacteria.

Young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems have a higher risk of getting sick from exposure. Bacteria levels generally return to more normal levels a few weeks after the last rainfall.


Explore the Highland Lakes Reservoirs


Understanding the Highland Lakes reservoirs can help sort out what's been going on with all the recent flooding in Central Texas.

The lakes are part of an intricate system involving the Colorado River, dams and the water supply for a major slice of Texas.



If you'd like to learn more about the Lower Colorado River Authority visit their website.


*  Story Contributed by: Carlos Garcia



[edit]



Lake Travis News


How Zebra Mussels Will Change Austin Lakes (And Maybe Barton Springs) Forever

Aug 17, 2017

1,179 Readers

Man seriously injured after 20 to 30 foot fall from cliff at Lake Travis

Aug 13, 2017

904 Readers

Lakeway City Park adds life jacket loaner station

Aug 11, 2017

672 Readers

Boater dies after hitting Lake Travis shoreline

Aug 1, 2017

1,085 Readers

No serious injuries after plane crashes into water at Lake Travis

Jul 22, 2017

1,069 Readers

Man injured in 30-foot fall over rocks at Hippie Hollow

Jul 15, 2017

772 Readers

Tow boat owner says plane wheels were down when it flipped into lake

Jul 13, 2017

927 Readers

Lady Bird Lake vegetation at risk after ‘mass migration’ of carp

Jul 11, 2017

724 Readers

Lake Travis ‘infested’ with invasive, damaging zebra mussels

Jun 27, 2017

807 Readers

Scuba divers scoop for lake trash after Memorial Day festivities

May 30, 2017

1,515 Readers

Here’s why you can’t swim in Lady Bird Lake. Wait — you can’t swim in Lady Bird Lake?

Aug 8, 2017

882 Readers

5 Ways to Try Paddleboarding in Austin

Aug 4, 2017

823 Readers

Why Is Hippie Hollow Clothing-Optional?

Jul 31, 2017

984 Readers

JAWS on the Water - Friday, June 30th

Jun 27, 2017

1,524 Readers

Memorial Day Weekend watercraft ban on Lake Austin

May 25, 2017

1,613 Readers

Travis County officials prep for Memorial Day weekend on Lake Travis

May 23, 2017

1,443 Readers

West Austin 4-H Offers Opportunities Beyond Just Raising Animals

Aug 9, 2016

6,819 Readers

Large Crowds Expected at Lake Travis For Holiday Weekend

Jul 1, 2016

8,514 Readers

Lady Bird Lake businesses back open for Father’s Day

Jun 19, 2016

6,330 Readers

Boats allowed back on Lady Bird Lake starting noon Thursday

Jun 16, 2016

7,017 Readers

Lake Buchanan rises nearly 8 inches due to rain

Aug 8, 2017

1,204 Readers

One floodgate open at Starcke Dam

Aug 7, 2017

1,066 Readers

Driving on RM 620, I see islands sticking out of the lake. Is the drought returning?

Jul 14, 2017

1,583 Readers

West Travis Co. residents clean up after heavy storms

Apr 3, 2017

2,071 Readers

WATCH | Possible tornado/water spout spotted on Lake Travis

Apr 3, 2017

2,510 Readers

Aerosols Strengthen Storm Clouds, According to New Study

Jun 14, 2016

6,664 Readers

National Weather Service : Why You Shouldn’t Drive During a Flood

Jun 10, 2016

6,810 Readers

LCRA will be in flood management mode for coming weeks

Jun 4, 2016

7,175 Readers

How high could Lake Travis rise near Austin?

Jun 3, 2016

7,028 Readers

LCRA stands ready as more rain is expected in Central Texas

Jun 2, 2016

7,662 Readers

City looking for help to curb storm drain pollution

Aug 5, 2017

974 Readers

Apache Shores features waterfront views, trails, park

Jul 14, 2017

848 Readers

10-year Mansfield Dam rehabilitation project will keep Austin safe

Apr 27, 2017

752 Readers

Overflowing Lake Travis isn't all bad news for businesses

Jun 8, 2016

6,559 Readers

Lake Travis High School Graduation cut short

Jun 8, 2016

7,140 Readers

A full Lake Travis boosts local businesses

May 26, 2016

6,586 Readers

Texas lake businesses booming again after long drought

May 12, 2016

8,396 Readers

Lakeway’s Schmidt Family Barbecue restaurant to shutter its doors by fall

May 11, 2016

6,750 Readers

Lake Travis Fire Rescue begins fleet overhaul

May 6, 2016

7,414 Readers

Gnarly Gar fighting to stay in new building on Lake Travis marina

Apr 19, 2016

4,510 Readers

Modern guesthouse tower adds space, views to lakeside cabin

Sep 28, 2017

510 Readers

A Striking Sanctuary in Texas Inspired by a Sand Dollar

Aug 8, 2017

817 Readers

Contemporary Architectural Masterpiece on Lake Austin

Jul 30, 2017

870 Readers

Lake Austin mansion with a Romeo and Juliet balcony, including dramatic backstory

Jul 28, 2017

688 Readers

Midcentury-modern home overlooks Lake Austin, Pennybacker Bridge

May 27, 2016

6,458 Readers

Lake Travis Waterfront Retreat Offered by Heritage Luxury Real Estate Auctions

May 18, 2016

6,717 Readers

In Lago Vista, big dreams for $68 million ranch property

May 14, 2016

6,822 Readers

This Texas Barn Mansion on Lake Travis is Out of This World

May 6, 2016

8,022 Readers

Rockmoor Estate $35 million Austin mansion up for sale

Apr 19, 2016

4,272 Readers

Windy Point is for sale!

Jan 13, 2016

5,534 Readers



News Archives 2016 - Select a Month

« December 2015  

January 2017 »  




bottom