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Lake Travis - Sometimes Island - Walking Across the Water

In Lake Travis, near the 620 Mansfield Dam area, when it doesn't rain for a while, the lake levels drop, and "Sometimes Island" appears in the middle of the main body.  Yes, the name is a common sense thing. There is an island "sometimes" as it's usually covered.

According to the news station I watch for weather, since October 2010, we're over 25 inches low on average rain fall.  Yes, we're in a drought here in Austin TX. Here's a picture of Lake Travis back in April 2011 that I took from the Oasis Restaurant. No Island...

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Here is a picture from the American Statesman, where they tell the story.

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You can actually walk across Lake Travis to Sometimes Island right now.  This is the first time since the 1960's that the water has gotten this low.  I might take my kids out there just to say we did it, so we have the story in 50 years if the water never gets this low again. 

Sunday's Lake Travis level was at 626.44 feet. The current record is 614.18 feet.  With so many weather records set in Austin TX this year, I rather not break another one.  Let's all do the Rain Dance!

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Comment balloon 8 commentsDonna Harris • November 14 2011 01:31PM


Interesting!   Definitely walk out, and take photos...a fun memory.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 8 years ago

Awesome pictures Donna.  We are in the same boat here, although we did see a smidge of rain today! You should definitely take the kids there & check it out!

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - over 8 years ago

I was looking at this land and thinking of a wild developer client of mine.  He would ask me if we could get the rights to build on the parcel. And before hearing why that is a bad idea because it will be underwater when the rains return, he would be off spinning his plans.  Time to switch to decaf I think when I speak with him.  Nice shots.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles UnlimitedĀ®) over 8 years ago

Oh my goodness, that is a drastic change!  I love the name Sometimes Island - couldn't be more appropriate!

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) over 8 years ago

I haven't thought about Sometimes Island in years! We swam out to it once in the late 80s...can't remember the year exactly.

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) over 8 years ago

It's pretty astonishing how low Lake Travis has gotten. Let's hope (dance, pray whatever) for rain!

Posted by Jeff Harris, Selling Austin. Every Day over 8 years ago

Lake Travis photos say a lot more than words right now.

Posted by Sam Chapman over 8 years ago

We're actually going to go walk across the lake this afternoon. We want to take pictures so in 50 years, the kids can say they walked across.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 8 years ago