Lake Austin

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Lake Austin
Lake austin 2005.jpg
Seen from Mount Bonnell
LocationAustin, Texas
Coordinates30°17.66′N 97°47.18′W / 30.29433°N 97.78633°W / 30.29433; -97.78633Coordinates: 30°17.66′N 97°47.18′W / 30.29433°N 97.78633°W / 30.29433; -97.78633
Lake typeHydroelectric reservoir
Primary inflowsColorado River
Primary outflowsColorado River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area1,599 acres (647 ha)
Max. depth75 ft (23 m)
Surface elevation492 ft (150 m) above sea level
 
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Lake Austin
Lake austin 2005.jpg
Seen from Mount Bonnell
LocationAustin, Texas
Coordinates30°17.66′N 97°47.18′W / 30.29433°N 97.78633°W / 30.29433; -97.78633Coordinates: 30°17.66′N 97°47.18′W / 30.29433°N 97.78633°W / 30.29433; -97.78633
Lake typeHydroelectric reservoir
Primary inflowsColorado River
Primary outflowsColorado River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area1,599 acres (647 ha)
Max. depth75 ft (23 m)
Surface elevation492 ft (150 m) above sea level

Lake Austin is a water reservoir on the Colorado River in Austin, Texas in the United States. The reservoir was formed in 1939 by the construction of Tom Miller Dam by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Lake Austin is one of the seven Highland Lakes created by the Lower Colorado River Authority, and is used for flood control, electrical power generation, and recreation. Loop 360 spans the lake at the Pennybacker Bridge.

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

The Lake Austin under the Pennybacker Bridge

Recreational uses[edit]

Lake Austin is a popular fishing and boating destination. The lake is considered to have an excellent stock of large-mouth bass, however, the lake is considered best utilized for pleasure boating during the day.[1]

Fish and wildlife populations[edit]

Lake Austin has been stocked with several species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish present in Lake Austin include largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish. Lake Austin is one of the Texas Highland Lakes infested with hydrilla, a non-native aquatic plant species. The Lower Colorado River Authority has intentionally lowered the water levels in the lake in the months of January and February so that freezing air temperatures might destroy substantial portions of the hydrilla in the lake each winter. (As of March 2014, hydrilla has been completely eliminated from the lake - http://www.kvue.com/news/local/Hydrilla-plant-completely-gone-from-Lake-Austin-229467301.html)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Texas Parks and Wildlife. "Fishing Lake Austin". Retrieved 19 January 2012. 

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