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Huge eel found in Austin's Lady Bird Lake

Date: 11/23/2015 3:36:00 AM

Texas Parks & Wildlife posted a picture of a 38-inch American Eel on their Facebook page this week. They found Lady Bird Lake. "Austin is Austin and we love it so it's always fun to come to Lady Bird and do a survey because you never know what you

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Near-Record Eel Pulled from Lady Bird Lake

WPMI NBC Local 15

Date: 11/20/2015 2:24:00 PM

A near-record 38-inch eel was recently found in Lady Bird Lake. Texas Parks and Wildlife pulled it out of the lake during a fish survey. It's an American eel, native to Texas and found as far south as South America. The Texas record is 42 inches, this one

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Downtown MoPac Lanes Facing Realignment in January


Date: 11/20/2015 1:57:00 PM

When the MoPac project is completed a new one variable-priced toll, or express, lane in each direction between Parmer Lane and Lady Bird Lake, will be open for drivers, reported Community Impact

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Eel Pulled from Lady Bird Lake

Texoma's Homepage

Date: 11/20/2015 12:43:00 PM

(Local 15 News) A 38-inch eel was recently found in Lady Bird Lake in Austin. Texas Parks and Wildlife pulled it out of the lake during a fish survey. It's an American eel, native to Texas and found as far south as South America. The Texas record is 42

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Art Show Lights Up Waller Creek, Raises Conservancy Awareness


Date: 11/19/2015 9:00:00 AM

Five art installations have been placed on the creek from Lady Bird Lake to Waterloo Park on 15th Street, lighting up the winding waterway at night. The pieces are part of the Creek Show, a display run by the Waller Creek Conservancy to raise awareness

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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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