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CDC warns of illness lurking in recreational water

My FOX Austin

Date: 7/1/2015 8:46:00 PM

The City of Austin says for Lady Bird Lake and city creeks, use common sense. If it's murky, don't go in. Out in the county, Hamilton Pool is a popular place. Unfortunately, it is not open for swimming right now due to high bacteria and flood damage

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Art of the City: Who Are Biggest Artistic Talents in Cities Across America?

Gotham Magazine

Date: 6/30/2015 11:28:00 PM

I’m trying to push the boundaries of photography.” The ghostly white tree hovering over Austin’s downtown Lady Bird Lake appeared at once to have risen from the water and drifted down from the heavens, a haunting memorial to the 300 million trees

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H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

Austin Chronicle

Date: 6/29/2015 1:32:00 PM

Head to Lady Bird Lake this July 4th for an amazing fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics. The orchestra will perform at 8:30pm, followed by “mile-high” fireworks at 9:30pm

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Schuylkill River Trail leads in national contest for ‘best urban trail’

Berks-Mont

Date: 6/29/2015 8:09:00 AM

the Grand Rounds/Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis, Minn.; the Indianapolis Cultural Trail in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in Austin, Texas; the Lakefront Trail in Chicago, Ill.; the Griffith Park Trails in Los Angeles

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Schuylkill River Trail leads in national contest for ‘best urban trail’

Daily Local News

Date: 6/27/2015 12:30:00 PM

the Grand Rounds/Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis, Minn.; the Indianapolis Cultural Trail in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in Austin, Texas; the Lakefront Trail in Chicago, Ill.; the Griffith Park Trails in Los Angeles

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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 (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rollb), 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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