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Date: 10/19/2014 3:18:00 PM

Try these 3 things to get... Ask any Austin fitness buff what they love about their city, and they will likely mention Lady Bird Lake's Hike and Bike Trail, the Greenbelt or one of the many other trails that wind their way through the city. Even so

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It’s Texas Book Festival time

Star Telegram

Date: 10/18/2014 10:20:00 PM

This year’s extracurricular event is Kayak with Festival Authors, 8-9 a.m. Saturday on Lady Bird Lake. Shannon Galpin ( Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan) and Jake Halpern ( Bad Paper: Chasing Debt

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Major Office Project Slated for Southeast Austin


Date: 10/17/2014 5:07:00 PM

Colin Pope, editor of the Austin Business Journal, said Ryan Properties, a major commercial real estate developer out of Minnesota, is working to build 625,000 square-feet of office in three buildings on the south side of Lady Bird Lake near Pleasant

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Benefits Of Clean Power Plan Are Measureable – Drop For Drop

Date: 10/17/2014 12:15:00 PM

To put this in perspective, ERCOT would save the equivalent of Lady Bird Lake in a little over a month; Lake Bastrop in three months; Lake Worth in six months; Lake Houston in three years; and the entire body of the San Antonio River in four years

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Burnet Road restaurant news: Bryce Gilmore to open new spot in 2015 and more happenings

Culture Map Austin

Date: 10/17/2014 12:14:00 PM

There's not much detail yet, but the expansion will take the popular chef (owner of South Lamar's Barley Swine and Odd Duck) north of Lady Bird Lake for the first time. Gilmore will join the long-awaited brick-and-mortar of The Peached Tortilla

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• River: Colorado River (Texas)
• Surface Area: 416 Acres
• Maximum Depth: 18 feet
Lady Bird Lake, an artificial lake on the Colorado River, stretches more than five miles through the south side of Austin in Travis County (centered at 30°15' N, 97°43' W). Named Town Lake, it was formed in 1960 by the construction of Longhorn Dam and is owned and operated by the city of Austin in cooperation with the Lower Colorado River Authority. The surface area of the lake is 416 acres, and it is used primarily for flood control and recreation. Development near the lake has caused much outcry among those who believe that the area should be left as a "green belt" as originally planned. Located on the lake's shoreline are hotels and apartments, in addition to various civic and recreational buildings and parks, including the municipal auditorium and the Aqua Festival grounds. Auditorium Shores, a scenic part of the south riverbank, was designated a part of the city's beautification plans. The park features gardens, picnic grounds, and a hike and bike trail along the lake. After the death of former First Lady Claudia Alta Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson, Austin changed the name from Town Lake to Lady Bird Lake in her honor.

"LADY BIRD LAKE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed June 25, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on January 31, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Good bank access to Lady Bird Lake is available at Auditorium Shores and Festival Beach Park. Shoreline access is also available at Red Bud Island in the upper end of the reservoir near Tom Miller Dam. The Austin hike and bike trail circles almost the entire lower two thirds of the reservoir offering access to the bank. Unimproved boat ramps are located on the north shore at Festival Beach and behind the Holiday Inn Hotel west of I-35. One additional ramp for boats that can be carried is located across Stephen F. Austin Street from Austin High School.


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