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Stay safe outside: Our guide to bugs, plants and other critters


Date: 5/18/2018 8:58:00 AM

This three-leafed vine thrives all over Central Texas, including the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake, which readers pointed out after we published a photo recently of a researcher tromping through the itch-inducing plant near Waller Creek

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Fun day on a bike: Try this 15-mile route around some Austin sites


Date: 5/10/2018 10:04:00 PM

To celebrate National Bike Month in May, we set out on an urban cycling adventure that took us over creeks and along Lady Bird Lake, with stops at public art installations, gardens and parks, and within range of hip eating and drinking establishments

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Waller Creek will transform into Austin's 'Central Park' under ambitious $355 million plan

Culture Map Austin

Date: 5/10/2018 6:02:00 PM

As previously announced, the project would create a chain of four parks running from Waterloo Park at 15th Street between Trinity and Red River to the delta where Waller Creek merges into Lady Bird Lake. "When we talk about this project, nature

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Man Jumps In Lake To Elude Police

USA Patch

Date: 5/7/2018 5:12:00 PM

AUSTIN, TX — A man who jumped into Lady Bird Lake as he eluded police remains in custody on Monday. As he was chased by police, the unidentified man in his 40s dove into the lake in his quest to elude police, officials said. After about half and hour

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Suspect Fleeing Texas Troopers Jumps Into Lake

Date: 5/7/2018 3:16:00 AM

A man who tried to elude state troopers Sunday afternoon by jumping into Lady Bird Lake was running from the law after a traffic stop in Southwest Austin KXAN-TV Image via YouTube AUSTIN -- A man who tried to elude state troopers Sunday afternoon by

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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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