Lake Lowerings

Lakes LBJ and Marble Falls to be lowered in early 2019

In early 2019, LCRA will temporarily lower lakes LBJ and Marble Falls for about eight weeks to assist lakeside property owners recovering from recent historic flooding along the Colorado and Llano rivers. The drawdown will make it easier for residents to remove debris, dredge and maintain or repair docks, retaining walls and other infrastructure.

The drawdown will begin Dec. 30, 2018, and will conclude on Feb. 23, 2019.

LCRA will lower Lake LBJ about 4 feet , from its normal operating range of 824.4 to 825 feet above mean sea level (feet msl) to a range of 820.2 to 820.8 feet msl.

Lake Marble Falls will be lowered about 7 feet, from its normal operating range of 736.2 to 737 feet msl to a range of 729 to 730 feet msl.

Permitting requirements

Residents and property owners who want to perform dredging, remove debris or work on existing retaining walls during the drawdown must register their project with LCRA.


Work may be done under LCRA's lakewide permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, if it meets the permit requirements. Download the lakewide permits and permit notices below. A permit notice must be posted at the worksite.

A permit is not needed for dock repairs, but all work must comply with the Safety Standards for Residential Docks on the Highland Lakes.

Burning in the lakebed is not permitted.

If you have questions or need more information, please call LCRA Water Quality Protection at 512-578-2324.

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