Technically it won’t be spring until Sunday, March 20, but boaters are already jumping at the chance to enjoy all Lake Travis has to offer.
At 681 feet above sea level, Lake Travis is considered full. But it’s designed to handle flash flooding. John Hofmann, executive vice president for water at LCRA explains, “What 681 means for LCRA is we pay even closer attention to rain events we have predicted over the next 48 hours as they come into our water shed because that could put water in our flood pool at Lake Travis.”
Lake Travis — a bellwether for the scorching drought that gripped Central Texas for about half a decade — on Thursday was just inches from being full again.
The lake was on track to reach an elevation of 681 feet above mean sea level at Mansfield Dam sometime Friday. It has been rising steadily in recent weeks as heavy rains in the Hill Country have trickled into the Highland Lakes, topping off Central Texas’ main reservoirs.
It has risen more than 60 feet since reaching a near-record nadir of 618.56 feet in September 2013. It now looks more like the familiar contour depicted on maps than a starved blue snake winding through an off-white channel. The ’70s-era Olympia Beer pop-top cans are submerged again. If ever there were a signal that Central Texas has emerged from the drought, Lake Travis is it.
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Lake Travis is almost 100 percent full for the first time since 2010.
LAKE TRAVIS — Lake Travis is almost 100 percent full for the first time since 2010.
KVUE”s meteorologist Jared Plushnick said Lake Travis is 98 percent full. Currently, the lake is sitting as 679 feet.
“There’s more work on the lake, on boats, there’s more people coming out, more people buying boats,” Pilotto said.
Boat rental companies have opened their business for the season a month sooner to cater to high demand.
“We are breaking up earlier and heavier than we have in six or seven years,” an employee said.
The atmosphere among neighbors changed as well. As the lake became more full, neighbors became more social/
“We have lots of get-togethers, anniversaries, birthday parties, that’s what’s going on now,” Pilotto said.
What better way to spend the summertime than surrounded by friends at the lake.
Glacier Park Boat Co. has been working to repair a classic 1957 Chris-Craft Sedan Cruiser.
The 27-foot wooden boat was damaged on Flathead Lake during a storm on July 4.
It is the first privately owned boat the company has repaired.
Glacier Park Boat Co. Owner Scott Burch said the workshop is set up specifically to work on large boats and the company would like to branch out and restore privately owned wooden boats during the winter.
Source: Repairing a classic Chris-Craft
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