How full are the lakes?
Lakes Travis and Buchanan are our region’s water supply reservoirs and currently hold about 759,031 acre-feet of water.
LCRA requires lawn-watering limits
Most downstream farmers also face restrictions in 2014 because of drought
The severe drought throughout the lower Colorado River basin has caused LCRA take new steps to help preserve the region's water supply.
As of March 1, LCRA is requiring its firm water customers (mostly cities, industries and community water providers) to limit their customers to watering lawns to no more than once a week using sprinklers and irrigation systems. The LCRA Board of Directors approved the watering restrictions in November.
LCRA is requiring its firm water customers to enact the watering restrictions for homeowners and businesses who buy water from them. Some communities, such as Austin, already restrict watering to no more than once a week.
In addition, most farmers downstream of Austin will go without Highland Lakes water in 2014 for the third year in a row as part of emergency drought measures approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Feb. 26.
Lakes Travis and Buchanan, the region's major reservoirs, currently hold about 759,000 acre-feet, or about 38 percent of capacity. Without the emergency relief, LCRA projected a nearly 60 percent chance combined storage in lakes Travis and Buchanan could reach a record low of 600,000 acre-feet by Aug. 31. The emergency relief reduces that chance to about 20 percent. Read More.
Lake Travis recreation areas offer prime locations for primitive camping
Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy "roughing it" have plenty of camping options available at LCRA parks and recreation areas, even during busy spring break weeks. Eight LCRA parks along the shores of Lake Travis offer primitive camping, most on a first-come, first-served basis with no advance reservations required.
Camp Creek Park, on the north shore of Lake Travis near Marble Falls, features a grove of pecan trees perfect for camping, and the area includes picnic tables, grills and fire rings. Although the water level of Lake Travis is low, Camp Creek still has a nice swimming area.
Visit individual park pages for details about camping, available activities and fees at any of these parks along Lake Travis:
Arkansas Bend and
Sandy Creek Park.