Lake Travis

lake_name = Lake Travis
image_lake = pacebend.jpg
type = Hydroelectric reservoir
caption_lake = Thurmann Cove
location = northwest of Austin, Texas
basin_countries = United States
coords = coord|30|26.4|N|98|1.2|W|region:US-TX_type:waterbody|display=inline,title.
inflow =Colorado River
outflow = Colorado River
area = 18,930 acres (77 km²)
volume = convert|1130000|acre.ft|km3|abbr=on|lk=on
shore = 270 mi (434 km)
depth =
max-depth = 210 ft (64 m)
elevation = 681 ft (208 m)

Lake Travis is a reservoir on the Colorado River in central Texas in the United States. The reservoir was formed in 1942 by the construction of Mansfield Dam on the western edge of Austin, Texas by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Lake Travis has the largest storage capacity of the seven reservoirs known as the Highland Lakes, and stretches 65 miles (105 km) upriver from western Travis County in a highly serpentine course into southern Burnet County to Max Starcke Dam, southwest of the town of Marble Falls. The Pedernales River, a major tributary of the Colorado River, flows into the lake from the southwest in western Travis County. The lake is used for flood control, water supply, electrical power generation and recreation.

The other reservoirs on the Colorado River are Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Austin, and Lady Bird Lake.

Recreational uses

Because of its volume, the lake serves as the primary flood control reservoir of the Highland Lake chain. The level of the lake can therefore vary dramatically, depending on the amount of rainfall in the Colorado River basin upstream. Despite this, the lake furnishes one of the most desired locations in the region for outdoor recreation, including fishing, boating, swimming, scuba diving, picnicking and camping. Among the parks along the lake is the Travis County park Hippie Hollow, the only clothing-optional public park in Texas. Lake Travis is generally considered one of the clearest lakes in Texas.

Fish populations

Lake Travis has been stocked with several species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish present in Lake Travis include largemouth bass, guadalupe bass, white bass, striped bass, catfish and sunfish.

In spring 2008 there have been several reports of leeches residing in Lake Travis. The leeches are generally harmless to humans but can be a nuisance. []

See also

* Pedernales River


External links

* [ Texas Parks and Wildlife: Lake Travis]
* [ LCRA: Mansfield Dam and Lake Travis]
* [ Lake Travis in the News]

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