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Auditorium Shores parking lot opening delayed again


Date: 10/30/2014 6:05:00 AM

The city closed the lot in order to beautify it and make some environmental improvements like re-grading the parking lot so the runoff from rain doesn’t drain directly into Lady Bird Lake. “The way it works is the storm water is filtered through rain

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Austin mayoral candidate: Steve Adler


Date: 10/29/2014 7:00:00 PM

AUSTIN -- Walking along the south shore of Lady Bird Lake is a trip down memory lane for Steve Adler and his wife Diane Land. "I proposed right over here somewhere," Adler said pointing to an area where boats are docked. "We were walking along the trail

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Weekend recaps

The Daily Texan

Date: 10/26/2014 10:42:00 PM

Although it’s traditionally a 5,000-meter course, this year’s races were limited to 4,000 meters because of an infestation of cabomba weeds in Lady Bird Lake. The first top finish came early in the day for the Longhorns, with Texas’ boats claiming

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Rowing completes Head of the Colorado

The University Of TEXAS

Date: 10/25/2014 4:43:00 PM

Longhorns victorious in the open pairs, open 8+ and open 4+ at the 30th annual Head of the Colorado on Lady Bird Lake. AUSTIN, Texas – Texas kicked off its fall season with wins in three divisions Saturday at the 30 th annual Head of the Colorado on Lady

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Mustangs Post Pair Of Top Finishes At Head Of The Colorado


Date: 10/25/2014 4:00:00 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (SMU) – The SMU rowing team posted a pair of first-place finishes at the 2014 Head of the Colorado on Lady Bird Lake’s 5,000-meter course Saturday. The Mustangs produced top finishers in the Open Double Scull and the First Novice 8+

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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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