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No green light for gondolas above the streets of Austin

Date: 3/24/2017 6:54:00 PM

The proposal pitched last year by Argodesign would consist of an 8-mile, 19-stop line on South First Street running from Slaughter Lane, crossing Lady Bird Lake, then following Guadalupe Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. A rough estimate puts the

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Austin’s best spots to see bluebonnets and other wildflowers

Date: 3/24/2017 2:59:00 PM

Perhaps the showiest and certainly the most identifiable of Texas' wildflowers, they are the real legacy of the Lady of Lady Bird Lake (Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson, First Lady and wife of LBJ), who made planting their seeds on Texas highways her special

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The Complete Austin Springtime Checklist

Austin Monthly

Date: 3/23/2017 10:20:00 PM

Paddle Boarding on Town Lake It might not be quite warm enough yet to jump into Lady Bird Lake, but you can definitely get close. A quintessential Austin warm-weather activity, paddle boarding is a perfect way to back in the sun on a warm spring day

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Dream weekend: A golf trip to Austin, Texas


Date: 3/23/2017 12:10:00 PM

Thousands of bats fly in large groups for feeding time just before sunset. There are many places to stand and see them for free, but you can also take a boat tour on Lady Bird Lake for a more immersive experience. We have to sample some authentic Tex Mex

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Watch Garth Brooks Hear ‘Ask Me How I Know’ on the Radio for the First Time

The Boot

Date: 3/23/2017 8:00:00 AM

While Brooks was waiting to take the stage at a press conference to announce his free concert at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas, a local radio station, KASE101, played Brooks’ newest single, which had just been released that

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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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