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Exploring Austin: Can't miss sights during SXSW (or anytime)

Date: 2/17/2017 5:49:00 PM

As the sun sets, folks wait on the Congress Ave Bridge for North America's largest urban bat colony to appear © Shawn Low / Lonely Planet Beat the hangover with an invigorating run around the Lady Bird Lake, just south of the Austin Convention Center

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50 Random Acts of Kindness That Austinites Can Perform Today

Date: 2/17/2017 1:36:00 PM

11.) Leave a care package with a bottle of water, trail mix, and an encouraging note on Lady Bird Lake Trail or one of Austin’s many other great running trails. 12.) Allow someone else to take the parking space you may have been fighting over at HEB or

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Austin's own Yeti Coolers finally unveils SoCo flagship store

Culture Map Austin

Date: 2/17/2017 7:01:00 AM

The new Yeti storefront is part of the South Central Waterfront Initiative, a comprehensive development plan for the neighborhood just south of Lady Bird Lake. Goals include adding more green space and affordable housing, as well as increasing pedestrian

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Linda McCoy-Schriever: Volunteer Extraordinaire

Austin 360

Date: 2/16/2017 9:59:00 PM

After making a splash paddle-boarding in 2009, Linda McCoy-Schriever reveled in the ethereal beauty of Lady Bird Lake. One thing bugged her, however, as she plowed upright through all that watery serenity. “I would notice pockets of Styrofoam and plastic

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Thoughts Upon Induction

Date: 2/16/2017 9:52:00 PM

I linger over the reflections on Lady Bird Lake and the arcing green hills along the horizon. It might take me a while to tear myself away from the book and the couch each evening, but as soon as I hit the social circuit by entering a room full of

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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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