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This tiny downtown Austin apartment can be yours for $1,050 a month

Date: 8/26/2016 5:04:00 PM

A recent apartment listing on Austin Home Search advertises a “super nice East Austin efficiency just 1 block from Fiesta Gardens, Lady Bird Lake, hike & bike trails.” It comes with a bathroom and a kitchen. Utilities are paid for by the owner and

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The Perfect Three-Day Weekend in Austin

Travel Leisure

Date: 8/26/2016 1:23:00 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. After watching the magic of bat flight

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Herman: Readers solve the BERNDRENIK mystery

Date: 8/25/2016 9:07:00 PM

In last Sunday’s “What Is That?” column I asked for help on figuring out the meaning of BERNDRENIK, a word on the water intake portion of the old Seaholm Power Plant on Lady Bird Lake. You’ll recall that Austinite Waneen Spirduso inquired about the

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Renovated 1 Bedroom in East Austin

Date: 8/25/2016 5:10:00 PM

My place is close to P. Terry's Burger Stand, Starbucks, Sonic Drive-In, Lady Bird Lake, Draft Pick. You’ll love my place because it's 10 minutes from the center of Downtown Austin and 6th street., the coziness, the kitchen, the comfy bed. My place is

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Live here if you want full-time access to Austin’s coolest new ’hood

Culture Map Austin

Date: 8/25/2016 10:20:00 AM

Lady Bird Lake is nearby, offering hike and bike trails and boating, paddling, and fishing. If you want to tout your Austinite cred, try stand-up paddleboarding, a hybrid of canoeing and surfing that you'll see waves of athletes attempting on the weekend

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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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