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Owl caught on fisherman’s camera released into the wild


Date: 10/7/2015 9:29:00 PM

Garry Olson, Jr. shared a video of the owl he caught on camera and his fishing lure on Sept. 27. Olson said he was out on Lady Bird Lake fishing in his kayak when the owl swooped down and snatched what looked like a frog out of the water. On the way up

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Best Things To Do Outdoors in Austin, Texas


Date: 10/6/2015 1:10:00 PM

Want to learn more? Let's explore the best things to do outdoors in Austin that will help you escape the metropolis and enjoy some outdoor bliss: Lady Bird Lake is located in the heart of downtown Austin. It is actually a dammed-off portion of the Colorado

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Ceremony Saturday for Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston

Bryan College Station Eagle Theeagle

Date: 10/6/2015 12:15:00 AM

He moved to Houston five years ago from Austin, and Buffalo Bayou Park reminds him of Austin's Lady Bird Lake greenway. "I love it," he said. "When I first moved here, it wasn't like this at all. There were no lights, no volleyball court, no landscaping

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Owl Takes The Bait


Date: 10/4/2015 11:48:00 AM

Garry Olson Jr., the man who recorded the video was fishing at Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas early Saturday morning when the owl swooped down and snatched his lure out of the water, which then caught on to its talon causing it to fall into the water

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Downtown Houston park gets $58 million makeover

Star Telegram

Date: 10/3/2015 1:00:00 AM

He moved to Houston five years ago from Austin, and Buffalo Bayou Park reminds him of Austin’s Lady Bird Lake greenway. “I love it,” he said. “When I first moved here, it wasn’t like this at all. There were no lights, no volleyball court

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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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