These 'beaches' along Backbone Creek, where it empties into Lake Marble Falls, will disappear sometime in late January or early February when the Lower Colorado River Authority refills the lake. The lake level was lowered 7 feet in October. Refilling was delayed from late December to early February. Staff photo by Nathan Bush
“The work on the intake structure at the dam is taking longer than originally expected, so we need to keep the lake drawn down a few more weeks,” said John Hofmann, LCRA executive vice president of water. “The work is important to help ensure the hydroelectric generators at the dam continue to operate efficiently and reliably. As soon as we get the work complete, we’ll provide an exact date for when the refill will start.”
Property owners working on docks, retraining walls, and other structures should plan to complete those projects by Jan. 15, the LCRA said, as the refill might begin earlier than February.
Originally planned for three months, the drawdown of Lake Marble Falls began on Oct. 1 and took seven days, dropping about a foot a day. Water released totaled about 3,000 acre-feet, which was expected to increase Lake Travis by a few inches.