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Lake Lowerings

LCRA has temporarily lowered Inks Lake and Lake LBJ to assist in continued recovery from the October 2018 floods. The drawdowns also provide property owners an opportunity to remove debris, dredge, and maintain or repair docks, retaining walls and other infrastructure.

The drawdown began Jan. 2. The refills of both lakes will occur at a rate of 1-2 feet a day from Monday, Feb. 24, through Friday, Feb. 28.

Inks Lake
LCRA lowered Inks Lake about 8 feet, from its normal operating range of 886.9 to 887.7 feet above mean sea level (feet msl) to a lowered range of 879 to 879.5 feet msl.

Lake LBJ
LCRA lowered Lake LBJ about 4 feet, from its normal operating range of 824.4 to 825 feet msl to a range of 820.2 to 820.8 feet msl. LCRA cannot lower Lake LBJ more than 4 feet without risking interfering with operations at the Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant.

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.