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HIGHLAND LAKES AREA, Texas

THE TEXAS HIGHLAND LAKES: A chain of six man-made lakes in Central Texas formed by dams on the Colorado River (Texas) as it winds southeast from its headwaters near the border of Texas and New Mexico to Matagorda Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The dams provide flood control and are used to generate hydroelectric power. From Northwest to Southeast (the water flow direction), the 21 mile chain of lakes (in flow sequence) are: Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, Austin Lake, Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake, Austin).

CITIES IN THE HIGHLAND LAKES AREA: Bertram, Bluffton, Briarcliff, Buchanan Dam, Burnet, Cottonwood Shores, Granite Shoals, Highland Haven, Horseshoe Bay, The Hills, Hudson Bend, Jonestown, Kingsland, Lakeway, Lago Vista, Llano, Marble Falls, Meadowlakes, Spicewood, Sunrise Beach, Tow, Sunrise Beach, Volente

COUNTIES IN THE HIGHLAND LAKES AREA: Burnet, Llano, Travis

CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE HIGHLAND LAKES AREA: See Portal profile pages for each city and county, plus:

LAKE BUCHANAN/INKS LAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
512-793-2803; Fax: 512-793-2112
PO Box 282, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609
Web: www.buchanan-inks.org; E-mail: info@buchanan-inks.com

LAKE TRAVIS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
Ofc: 512-263-5833, 877-263-0073, Fax: 512-263-1355
1415 RR 620 S, Ste 202, Austin, TX 78734
Web: www.laketravischamber.com;
Email: laura@laketravischamber.com
Serves: Bee Cave, Briarcliff, The Hills, Hudson Bend, Lakeway and Spicewood

HILL COUNTRY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL:
830-798-8118
608 Gateway Central, Ste 101, Marble Falls, TX 78654
Web: www.hillcountryedc.com; Email: not available
HCEDC serves: Burnet and Llano Counties, focusing on the Highland Lakes area above Austin, including Bertram, Buchanan Dam, Burnet, Cottonwood Shores, Granite Shoals, Highland Haven, Horseshoe Bay, Kingsland, Llano, Marble Falls, Meadowlakes, Spicewood, Sunrise Beach

MEDIA REGARDING HIGHLAND LAKES AREA:

Highland Lakes: www.highlandlakes.com
Escape to the Lakes & Hills: www.lakesandhills.com
Lakes and Hills: www.lakesandhillsadventures.com; www.lakesandhillsvacations.com
The Highlander News: www.highlandernews.com
Lake Country Life: www.lakecountrylife.com
Highland Lakes Life: www.thepicayunetv.com
101 Fun Things To Do in the Highland Lakes: www.thepicayunetv.com
Highland Lakes Business Journal (monthly publication): www.thepicayunetv.com
River Cities Daily Tribune: www.thepicayunetv.com

KEY WEB RESOURCES FOR HIGHLAND LAKES AREA:

Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA): www.lcra.org

Water Levels: LCRA River Report; LCRA Lake Report

Other Profiles: Handbook of Texas On-line; Wikipedia; Texas Escapes: Highland Lake Dams

Maps: LCRA; See lake maps below

Note, see Hill Country Information for parks, wineries, wildflowers, etc in this area.

Marinas In This Lake Area: www.texassailor.com/marinas.htm

Boat Launch Ramps In This Area: www.texassailor.com/ramps.htm

PARKS IN THE HIGHLAND LAKES AREA:

There are many Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and state parks in the region that are profiled at Parks

RIVER & LAKE SPECIFIC INFORMATION

COLORADO RIVER (IN TEXAS): Profiles: Handbook of Texas On-line; Wikipedia

LAKE BUCHANAN: Lake Buchanan
Dam: Buchanan (LCRA 1939), the largest multi-arch dam in the world
Coordinates: 30° 45.11' N, 98° 25.12' W
Map: Google
Counties: Burnet, Llano
Cities: Buchanan Dam, Bluffton, Tow
Length of dam: 10,988 ft (2.08 miles)
Height of dam: 145.5 ft
Thickness of dam: 215.10 ft (base), 34 ft (top)
Generating Capacity: 37,500 Kilowatts
Lake level (full): 1,020 ft above sea level
Reservoir Capacity: 992,475 acre-ft of water
Lake size: 23,060 acres (36 square miles)
Surface area: 22,333 acres
Max. depth: 132 ft (40 m)
Surface elevation: 1,020 ft
Inflows: Colorado River; Outflows: Colorado River
Facilities: Buchanan Dam Museum & Visitor Center: 512-793-2803. W Hwy 29, Buchanan Dam. Dam is open year round. Visitor Center open seasonally. Free Admission. Daily 9a-5p (closed holidays). Map
Parks (See Parks): Canyon of the Eagles, Black Rock LCRA, Cedar Point LCRA
Profiles: Handbook of Texas On-line; Wikipedia; LCRA, TPWD; USGS
Chamber: Lake Buchanan/Inks Lake Chamber of Commerce:
PO Box 282, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609, 512-793-2803; Fax: 512-793-2112
Web: www.buchanan-inks.org, E-mail: info@buchanan-inks.com
Tourism: Lake Buchanan Visitor's Guide: www.lake-buchanan.net
Special Activity: "Vanishing Texas River Cruise" at N end of lake. Boat docks at Canyon of the Eagles Park. Boat tour of spectacular wilderness along the Colorado River that feeds into the lake. 800-474-8374; www.vtrc.com
Portal Web Cam Gallery: Buchanan Dam

INKS LAKE: Inks Lake Bridge
Dam: Inks (LCRA 1938)
Coordinates: 30° 43.86' N, 98° 23.08' W
Map: Google
Counties: Llano
Cities: Nearby: Buchanan Dam, Burnet, Kingsland
Length of dam: 1,547.5 ft (.3 miles)
Height of dam: 96.5 ft
Thickness of dam: 75.1 ft (base), 6.5 ft (top)
Generating Capacity: 37,500 Kilowatts
Lake level (full): 888 ft above sea level
Max. depth: 60 ft
Surface elevation: 888 ft
Reservoir Capacity: 992,475 acre-ft. of water
Lake size: 802 acres
Inflows: Colorado River; Outflows: Colorado River
Parks (See Parks): Inks Lake State Park
Profiles: Handbook of Texas On-line; Wikipedia; LCRA, TPWD
Chamber: Lake Buchanan/Inks Lake Chamber of Commerce:
PO Box 282, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609, 512-793-2803; Fax: 512-793-2112
Web: www.buchanan-inks.org, E-mail: info@buchanan-inks.com
Portal Photo Gallery: Inks Lake State Park

LAKE LBJ:
Dam: Wirtz (LCRA 1950), constant level lake
Coordinates: 30° 39.31' N, 98° 26.04' W
Map: Google
Counties: Burnet
Cities: Cottonwood Shores, Granite Shoals, Highland Haven, Horseshoe Bay, Sunrise Beach Village, Near: Kingsland, Marble Falls
Surface area: 6,534 acres
Max. depth: 90 ft
Surface elevation: 825 ft
Inflows: Colorado River and Llano River; Outflows: Colorado River
Parks: Castlebriar Park; LCRA's Nightengale Archaeological Center at Kingsland; remainder of surrounding land is private
Profiles: Handbook of Texas On-line; Wikipedia; LCRA, TPWD
Tourism: Lake LBJ Visitor's Guide: www.lake-lbj.com
History: Originally named Lake Granite Shoals for the natural granite outcroppings that formed parts of the lake's shorelines, Lake LBJ was renamed in 1965 to honor the 36th President of the United States. It was created by the completion of Alvin Wirtz Dam in 1951, with nearly sixty miles of shoreline. The lake remains virtually constant at about 825 feet above msl.

LAKE MARBLE FALLS:
Dam: Max Starcke (LCRA 1951)
Coordinates: 30° 33.40' N, 98° 15.38' W
Map:
Google
Counties: Burnet
Cities: Cottonwood Shores, Marble Falls, Meadowlakes
Surface area: 611 acres
Max. depth: 60 ft
Surface elevation: 738 ft
Inflows: Colorado River; Outflows: Colorado River
Parks: Most of lake border area is privately owned; there are no public parks
Profiles: Handbook of Texas On-line;
Wikipedia; LCRA; TPWD

LAKE TRAVIS: Lake Travis
Dam: Mansfield (LCRA 1942)
Coordinates: 30° 26.4' N, 98° 1.2' W
Map: Google
Counties: Travis
Cities: Briarcliff, The Hills, Hudson Bend, Jonestown, Lakeway, Lago Vista, Point Venture; Spicewood, Volente
Surface area: 18,930 acres
Max. depth: 210 ft max, 62 average
Water volume: 1,130,000 acre-ft
Shore length: 270 mi
Length: 64 mi, Width: 4 mi at widest point
Surface elevation: 681 ft
Inflows: Colorado River; Outflows: Colorado River

Lake Travis Water Temperature Weather Station: www.arlut.utexas.edu/omg/weather.html
Lake Travis Usage: Flood control, drinking water, recreation, hydroelectric power
Lake Travis Parks (See Parks): Pace Bend, Arkansas Bend, Mansfield Dam, McGreggor Park/Hippie Hollow, Bob Wentz, Cypress Creek, Malberger, Sandy Creek, Jones Brothers, Laura Reed, Dave Reed
Lake Travis Profiles: Handbook of Texas On-line; Wikipedia; LCRA; TPWD; LakeTravis.com; LakeTravisGuide.com; www.HighlandLakes.net/LakeTravis
Portal Web Cam Gallery for Lake Travis : Lake Travis-Oasis; Lake Travis-Steiner

LAKES IN THE TEXAS HIGHLAND LAKES,
BUT JUST OUTSIDE THE HILL COUNTRY

LAKE AUSTIN:
Dam: Tom Miller
Coordinates: 30° 17.66' N, 97° 47.18' W
Counties: Travis
Cities: Austin
Map: Google
Surface area: 1,599 acres
Max. depth: 75 ft
Surface elevation: 492 ft
Inflows: Colorado River; Outflows: Colorado River
Parks:
Profiles: Handbook of Texas On-line; Wikipedia; LCRA; TPWD

LADY BIRD LAKE (FORMERLY TOWN LAKE):
Dam: Longhorn
Coordinates: 30° 15.9' N, 97° 45.5' W
Counties: Travis
Cities: Austin
Map: Google
Lake size: 468 acres
Max. depth: 18 ft
Surface elevation: 428 ft
Inflows: Colorado River; Outflows: Colorado River
Parks: Zilker (City of Austin)
Profiles: Handbook of Texas On-line; Wikipedia; LCRA; TPWD; Texas Outside

RESOURCES FOR HIGHLAND LAKES

2222 COALITION OF NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS: www.2222CONA.org

BULL CFREEK FOUNDATION: www.bullcreek.net. A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a harmonious balance between nature, recreation, and sustainable economic development within the 32 square mile Bull Creek watershed.

DRAINING LAKE TRAVIS: www.draininglaketravis.org

HIGHLAND LAKES GROUP/WATER MATTERS: www.hlgrp.org. HLG opposes the "San Antonio Hose", working to keep Highland Lakes water supplies from being "hijacked" by other cities.

PROTECT LAKE TRAVIS: www.protectlaketravis.org





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