Lake levels forecast to remain near average
LCRA projections show levels in Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan are expected to remain near or above average through winter, then begin to fall during spring as use increases, if conditions remain dry. In January, lake levels stayed relatively steady even though rainfall in the Highland Lakes watershed was well below normal.
At 12,166 acre-feet, inflows into the lakes in January were about 19 percent of the historic monthly average and the sixth lowest January inflows on record. Inflows are the amount of water flowing into the lakes estimated from measurements at four gauges upstream. (An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.)
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.