Highland Lakes expected to remain at above-average levels into spring
Levels in lakes Travis and Buchanan are expected to remain above average into spring, even if weather conditions turn drier.
Thanks to periodic heavy rains and overall wetter-than-normal conditions last year, lakes Travis and Buchanan remained above their monthly average elevations all of 2016. In January 2017, near-normal rainfall in the Highland Lakes watershed in the Texas Hill Country helped maintain the above-average lake levels.
Inflows into the Highland Lakes in January were 48,226 acre-feet, about 76 percent of the January historical average. Inflows are the amount of water flowing into the lakes estimated from measurements at four gauges upstream. (An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.)
View the LCRA lake level projections for Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan.
The Highland Lakes were created to manage floods and capture water when it rains to ensure the region has a reliable water supply during dry times. Lakes Travis and Buchanan provide water for more than a million people and to industries, businesses, the environment and agriculture in the lower Colorado River basin.