Lake Travis was founded in 1942 as a reservoir on the Colorado River and is located on the west side of Austin. It is one of the seven Highland Lakes formed by the Lower Colorado River Authority. It stretches for 65 miles and has the largest storage capacity of any Highland Lakes. It is used for water supply, flood protection and power generation. Because of its size, it serves as the primary reservoir for flood protection along the Highland Lake chain.
Lake Travis is vital to the water supply of Austin and the surrounding metropolitan areas. It’s also important when it comes to power generation as it contains 3 pin shafts which are responsible for redirecting energy to 3 turbines. Overall, these turbines can generate 93,000 kW of power. Thanks to its 24 locks, each 8.5 feet in diameter, the lake is also a key component in keeping floods in check in the area.
Depending on the amount of rainfall in the region, the amount of rainfall can vary dramatically throughout the year. Even so, it is a very popular area for outdoor recreation. Some of the activities that are often enjoyed here are:
There are also a number of parks along Lake Travis, including Hippie Hollow. This Travis County Park is the only public park with optional clothing in the state of Texas. Its clear waters and maximum depth of 210 feet make it particularly popular with divers and others who enjoy recreational activities in the water. However, it should be noted that there have been recent reports of leeches in the lake. Although leeches are generally considered harmless, they can be bothersome while enjoying aquatic activities in the bodies of water.
There is a wide variety of fish in this lake as the lake is regularly filled with fish to encourage recreational fishing. Some of the fish species found in the lake are:
o Guadalupe bass
o Largemouth bass
o Striped bass
o White bass
In total, Lake Travis covers 18,929 acres and has a capacity of 1,953,936 acres. The lake is considered full when its water level reaches 681 feet above sea level, but it was as high as 710.4 feet above sea level and as low as 614.2 feet above sea level. When the lake is at its “full” level, it contains a whopping 382,092,882,600 gallons of water.
Lake Travis also has a total of 270 miles of coastline. Many people have taken advantage of this coastline and as a result, there are several homes throughout the Lake Travis area. There are also several restaurants in the area, as well as shopping and other options for having fun on and off the water.