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Lake Travis - Austin TX - The Lake is Drying Up

Lake Travis - Austin TX - The lake is drying up.  This is so sad... look at the below pictures of my In-law's cove on Lake Travis down Hudson Bend. 

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They bought a brand new boat this year, and it's been out of the water for 3 weeks already because it would be sitting on the bottom of the lake.  The "hike" down to the lake is getting further and further away.  It used to be right outside their backyard fence.  Now, you can't even see the house from the "lake" as all you see is the mountain of rocks you have to climb back up.

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Now, you could walk across the lake up to properties on the other side that would normally take up to 20-30 minutes to get to by car.

Lake Travis typically holds about 369 billion gallons and is 681 feet when operating at normal capacity. 

The highest it's ever been is 710.4 feet on December 25, 1991. That was a rainy winter.

The lowest it's even been is 614.2 feet on Aug 14, 1951.

As of this morning, August 8, 2009, we are in the third place for lowest level at 636.01 feet according to the Mansfield Dam website, but 635.99 according to NBC news.

We need some rain to fill Lake Travis, and we need it fast if we want to be able to enjoy the rest of the Summer boating season!  And I like how grass is already growing where there shouldn't be grass!

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Comment balloon 9 commentsDonna Harris • August 08 2009 01:56PM


Donna-This is incredible, one would have no idea but the stats from the Mansfield dam makes you put it all in perspective.

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) over 11 years ago

Donna sounds like you could use some of the rain that we have been getting.  This year has been the wettest year for us that I can ever remember.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 11 years ago

Donna, that is AWFUL!!  Lake Conroe is low but NOTHING like that.  We love Lake Travis and will pray you get rain as well as us.  What a strange weather year.  Places like Virginia having the wettest year and other places like us in a drought.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Donna, We Californians can certainly identify with your need for rain. We are not hopeful that rain will come any time fore late in the year. We usually only get drizzles and no heavy rains like I remember in Texas and the Midwest when growing up. We are so dry and the fire season comes in month and with our reservoirs so low, it could be another tragic year for homes being lost farms closing and water is just not available. And then you read of the of the efforts here in California to prevent desalination and other methods of getting water here. So we all have our issues with water and we all need some solutions to end the droughts affecting the lives it touches.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 11 years ago

Hi Donna - I can empathize.  A recent trip to Lake Tahoe showed the water level down quite a bit, and the shallows at the north end are bone dry now.  Our rivers and lakes here in the Fair Oaks area are also much lower.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 11 years ago

reminds me of Dallas in 2006.  And of course we had record rainfall in 2007 that flooded many areas.  one extreme to the other.  you guys will probably be begging for a break from rain next year at the same time we're doing the rain dance up here. 

I wonder what's going to happen on the west coast in a few years when Lake Mead dries up.  They've got some serious issues out on the West Coast.

Posted by John Jones (Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty) over 11 years ago


I have seen reports on the news; however you firsthand stories and photos paint a sad picture.  I wonder what the economic impact has been.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker over 11 years ago

Donna, that is incredible!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) over 11 years ago

Hi Donna

Wow that's incredible.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 11 years ago