Refill of Lake LBJ, Inks Lake begins Monday - LCRA - Energy, Water, Community Refill of Lake LBJ, Inks Lake begins Monday - LCRA - Energy, Water, Community

Refill of Lake LBJ, Inks Lake begins Monday

Lakes will be back in normal operating ranges by Friday

Feb. 21, 2020

BURNET AND LLANO COUNTIES, Texas – The eight-week drawdown of Lake LBJ and Inks Lake is drawing to a close. The refill will begin on Monday, Feb. 24, and conclude by Friday, Feb. 28.

The lakes were drawn down in early January to assist in continued flood recovery and allow property owners an opportunity to make repairs and remove debris.

The refills will occur at a rate of about 1-2 feet a day. Property owners and construction crews should have all equipment and tools out of the lakebed by Sunday evening, Feb. 23.

Lake LBJ was drawn down 4 feet, and Inks Lake was lowered 8 feet.

The lakes will be refilled with a combination of water released from Lake Buchanan and water flowing into the Colorado River from tributaries downstream of Buchanan Dam. The refill will total about 28,000 acre-feet and could cause Lake Buchanan to fall a maximum of about 1.3 feet. The actual impact to Lake Buchanan could be reduced by rainfall or additional inflows to lakes Buchanan, Inks or LBJ.


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The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit

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