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New pedestrian, bicycle crossings proposed for Longhorn Dam Bridge


Date: 11/13/2018 5:19:00 AM

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- The City of Austin is looking at a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge crossing over Lady Bird Lake near Longhorn Dam. City officials said the goal behind the new crossing is to improve

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Austin considers new pedestrian bridge across Lady Bird Lake

Austin American-Statesman

Date: 11/12/2018 4:40:00 PM

Austin is inching toward a solution to the clogged sidewalks on Pleasant Valley Road atop Longhorn Dam, now more than five years in the making. The city will host a public meeting Tuesday evening, whe

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Daybreak Adventures: Rowing the KVUE boat on Lady Bird Lake in Austin


Date: 11/12/2018 12:20:00 PM

AUSTIN — It's the ultimate team sport, and it's been around since the 1800's. Team Daybreak gave rowing a try. It's all part of KVUE's Exercise Adventure week. From crew lingo to actual form, the fine

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After October flooding, Austin lakes reopen for business, pleasure

Austin American-Statesman

Date: 11/11/2018 3:28:00 PM

The water in Lady Bird Lake was calm and still Saturday morning, one day after the picturesque lake reopened for commercial and recreational use in the wake of heavy rain and historic flooding on the

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Lady Bird Lake, Austin waterways to reopen for public use after flooding

Austin American-Statesman

Date: 11/9/2018 9:24:00 AM

A waterway ban that has been in place in Austin for nearly a month will be lifted at noon on Friday, the Austin Fire Department said in a statement. Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River

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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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