LCRA Temporarily Opens Floodgates

The Lower Colorado River Authority opened one floodgate at Tom Miller Dam temporarily due to double-digit rainfall amounts across the central Texas region that resulted in heavy inflow into Lake Austin. Austin Energy temporarily opened two floodgates at the Longhorn Dam. While Lake Travis recently reached the 100 percent full mark, the lake basin was designed to hold another buffer of 30-plus feet during flooding. Mansfield Dam has not had its …

Lake Austin: Common Courtesy and the Law

While Lake Austin is a popular location for sporting, boating, and fishing, it is important to remember that most of the shoreline is privately owned. When cruising around, a boater is effectively cruising not just the lake, but the backyards of the residents of Lake Austin. While common courtesy always applies, there are some City of Austin ordinances in place to protect both homeowners and those using the lake for …

Central Austin Sees Decline in Austin ISD Students

While communities like Tarrytown see their children off to close-knit Austin Independent School District schools, the overall enrollment of AISD is dropping as students transfer to Austin’s surrounding districts, such as Eanes ISD and the surrounding suburbs. Austin ISD has had three consecutive years of declining enrollment, losing 3,000 students over those years and 1,200 in the last year alone. Austin ISD is no longer one of the top five …

Lions Golf Course a Step Closer to Historical Landmark

The Lions Municipal Golf Course, in west Austin between Lake Austin Boulevard and Enfield Road, is one step closer to being preserved. According to KXAN.com, the Austin City Council voted to allow the golf course to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The recommendation now will be reviewed by a State Historic Preservation Officer over the next 90 days. Then, it will be sent to the National …

Public Access to Lake Austin

Almost all of the shoreline of Lake Austin is privately owned, as a cruise through the lake or along Westlake Drive will attest. But, there are several locations with bank access and also a few public boat ramps for those who live inland from its shores. Bank access is available at the Pennybacker Bridge (Capital of Texas Highway/Loop 360 Bridge,) Emma Long Park, Mary Quinlan Park, and Fritz Hughes Park …

Freddie Mac Names Austin, Texas Second Most Stable Housing Market

Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, ranked Austin as the second most stable housing market in the country in its latest Multi-Indicator Market Index (MIMI), gaining one spot from the rankings one year ago. The capital city received a composite score of 96.6 based on four factors: purchase applications for conventional loans as a proportion of total housing stock, loan payments as a proportion of income, the number …

Austin Leads Big City Growth Post-Recession

Austin is the number one big city in the United States for its economic growth since the recession, according to a WalletHub study of the fastest growing economies. Compared to cities of all sizes, Austin came in ninth and Round Rock came in tenth. Austin topped large cities, categorized as more than 300,000 people in city proper, with a score of 67.91 out of 100. The Texas cities of Fort …

Win a Fishing Trip with Professional Angler Clark Wendlandt

Fishing League Worldwide professional Clark Wendlandt is auctioning a fishing trip to support Cast for Kids. The trip will take place on either Decker Lake or Lake Austin and will be filmed for an episode of “Fishing and Hunting Texas” by Careco TV for 2016. “I’m very fortunate to be able to live my dream by fishing professionally. Today I ask for your help in making someone else’s dream come …

Fishing on Lake Austin

Would you like to fish on central Texas’ constant level lake? Lake Austin is a popular spot for fishing, and here is some information to get started: What is Lake Austin? Lake Austin is on the Colorado River in the City of Austin. Its surface area is 1,599 acres, with a maximum depth of 75 feet. Its Conservation Pool Elevation is 491.95 feet, with clear to slightly stained water clarity. …

Fish-Attracting Brush Installed in Lake Austin to Enhance Bass Habitat

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, along with Texas Tournament Zone and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Watershed Protection, recently installed fish habitat structures on Lake Austin. The new brush structures made from Ashe juniper (mountain cedar) tree cuttings were bundled and sunk at strategic fishing hotspots in order to help boost the bass population on Austin’s popular, constant level lake. The action was taken after previous …