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The Lower Colorado River Authority will open Inks Lake for recreational use at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Staff photo JoAnna Kopp

LCRA to open Inks Lake on Nov. 3; lakes Marble Falls, LBJ, and Travis are still closed

FROM STAFF REPORTS Inks Lake will reopen to public use Saturday, Nov. 3, while lakes LBJ, Marble Falls, and Travis remain closed until at least Nov. 6, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. (more…)

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Inks Lake State Park will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Inks Lake will remain closed to recreational use until the Lower Colorado River Authority makes a determination Nov. 2 about when to reopen the lake. Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

After fire and flood, Inks Lake State Park fully reopens Nov. 2

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS When the Lower Colorado River Authority opened floodgates at Buchanan Dam, staff at Inks Lake State Park had to scramble to move park visitors and equipment away from the shore. (more…)

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Debris continues to wash ashore at the Lakeside Park boat ramp on Lake Marble Falls. Lakes LBJ, Marble Falls, and Travis as well as Inks Lake will remain closed to the public until at least Friday, Nov. 2, due to debris and unsafe conditions, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. The lakes can be accessed for the purpose of retrieving property, if the location of that property is known. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA: Lakes could open by Nov. 2 depending on conditions

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Lakes LBJ, Marble Falls, and Travis as well as Inks Lake will not open for public use until at least Friday, Nov. 2, said Lower Colorado River Authority officials Oct. 30. (more…)

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Debris washed up on the banks of the Llano River at Grenwelge Park in Llano on Oct. 17. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA: As river flows decrease, flood operations still underway in ‘historic’ event

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lower Colorado River Authority is reminding Highland Lakes residents that though Llano River flows have decreased since early Tuesday, Oct. 16, flood operations are still underway throughout the chain of lakes. (more…)

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Water roars through the four open floodgates at Max Starcke Dam in Marble Falls. On June 2, the Lower Colorado River Authority temporarily closed Inks Lake, Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls to recreational boating due to extensive floodgate operations on the Highland Lakes. The LCRA has opened three floodgates at Buchanan Dam as of noon June 2, but a fourth one was slated to be opened at 2 p.m. Go to lcra.org for up-to-date floodgate operations. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

LCRA records extremely low Highland Lakes inflows this year compared to historic averages

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — Water inflows so far this year from the Highland Lakes watershed into lakes Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, Travis, and Austin have been just 12.3 percent of historic averages. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives presented a $44,950 grant to Bertram Volunteer Fire Department on May 23. The department will use the grant for defibrillators and to repair the fire station’s roof. The grant is part of the LCRA’s Community Development Program. Pictured are LCRA Chief of Staff Clint Harp (left), LCRA Governmental Affairs representative Steve Dyer, Bertram VFD Chief Bobby Huffstuttler, PEC CEO Julie Parsley, LCRA board member Lori A. Berger, LCRA General Manager Phil Wilson, Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 4 Commissioner John White, ESD No. 4 Commissioner Carol Ann Young, ESD No. 4 commissioner Kim Dickinson, and Burnet County Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall. Courtesy photo

Bertram Volunteer Fire Department gets new roof thanks to LCRA and PEC grant

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — After suffering through many days and nights under a bad roof, Bertram Volunteer Fire Department crews as well as residents seeking refuge in storms, will have a new roof over their heads thanks to a Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative grant. (more…)

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Prevention is key to protecting upper Highland Lakes from invasive mussels

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With boating season getting underway, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials are reminding people to take steps to curb the spread of invasive species such zebra mussels. (more…)

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The lake at Inks Lake State Park after a drawdown by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

LCRA warns contractors of Inks Lake refill, which begins Feb. 10

FROM STAFF REPORTS INKS LAKE — The Lower Colorado River Authority is reminding contractors and shoreline residents to remove any maintenance equipment from the bed of Inks Lake before it starts refilling the lake Feb. 10. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Inks Lake drawdown changes landscape

PHOTOS: Inks Lake drawdown changes landscape

  Inks Lake State Park has a new look courtesy of a Lower Colorado River Authority drawdown. The LCRA lowered the lake in early January by about 8 feet to allow for maintenance, debris removal, and repair work for residents and businesses on Inks Lake. The drawdown is only temporary, so Inks Lake State Park […]

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Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives presented a $22,487 grant Jan. 9 to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office for new portable radios. Pictured are BCSO Chief Deputy Mike Cummings (left), LCRA board member George Russell, BCSO Capt. Chris Jett, BCSO Sgt. Russell Kneese, Burnet County Commissioner Jim Luther, Burnet County Commissioner Russell Graeter, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, BCSO Sheriff Calvin Boyd, PEC Director of Community Engagement Trista Fugate, Burnet County Commissioner Billy Wall, LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs Rep. Steve Dyer, and Burnet County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery. Courtesy photo

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office to upgrade portable radios with grant

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A Lower Colorado River Authority grant has opened the door for the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office to begin replacing its obsolete portable radios with state-of-the-art equipment. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority representatives recently presented a $25,000 matching grant to the Rotary Club of Burnet for the restoration of Live Oak Park. The city of Burnet is contributing $50,000 to the upgrades to total about $100,000. Pictured are Adrienne Feild (front, left), Rotary youth services; Keith McBurnett, Rotary past president; Brenda Goble, Rotary executive secretary; Damon Beierle, Rotary director at large; David Vaughn, Burnet city manager; and Steve Dyer, LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs representative. Also pictured are George Russell (back, left), LCRA board member; Craig Lindholm, Rotary vice president; Lora Cheney, Rotary secretary; Bill Drake, Rotary director; Caryn Paye, Rotary treasurer; Paul Farmer, Burnet City Council member; and Tres Clinton, Burnet City Council member. Courtesy photo

Burnet Rotarians accept $25,000 grant for Live Oak Park project

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Lower Colorado River Authority grant money awarded Jan. 9 will give a boost to a park project underway through a cooperative effort with the city of Burnet and the Rotary Club of Burnet. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority will drop the level of Inks Lake by 8 feet beginning Jan. 2 for property owners to perform maintenance and repairs. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

Inks Lake drawdown begins Jan. 2

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Residents on Inks Lake will notice a difference starting Tuesday, Jan. 2. The Lower Colorado River Authority will begin lowering Inks Lake on that date, and officials say it will take until Friday, Jan. 5 to drop the level about 8 feet. The lake will remain lowered until Feb. 10 […]

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The drawdown of Inks Lake will be from Jan. 2-Feb. 13, 2018. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

Inks Lake property owners should pay heed to rules prior to drawdown

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Lower Colorado River Authority officials have asked lakeside property owners to follow a few steps prior to repair and dredging plans during an upcoming Inks Lake drawdown. (more…)

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The drawdown of Inks Lake will be from Jan. 2-Feb. 13, 2018. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

LCRA to lower Inks Lake for repairs, nuisance plant mitigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Inks Lake shoreline property owners will have a chance to maintain and repair docks and retaining walls as well as curb the growth of aquatic nuisance plants during an upcoming waterway drawdown, according to a Lower Colorado River Authority news release. (more…)

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Thanks to $100,000 in donations and city funding, Live Oak Park in Burnet will get a new pavilion, a refurbished basketball court, lighting, and other improvements. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet’s Live Oak Park gets funding for improvements

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — The Rotary Club of Burnet and the Lower Colorado River Authority partnered with the city of Burnet for funding to upgrade a family-friendly park in the southeast part of the community. (more…)

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The LCRA WaterSmart rebate program was recently expanded to include rainwater harvesting equipment.

Highland Lakes residents eligible for LCRA rebates in conservation effort

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Highland Lakes residents could get up to a $600 rebate from the Lower Colorado River Authority to help conserve water. (more…)

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LCRA seeking grant applications for community projects

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — The Hill Country Science Mill and the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department are two of the most recent Highland Lakes benefactors of Lower Colorado River Authority grants, and now the LCRA is putting out the call for more community projects in search of support. (more…)

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Dreaded zebra mussels invade Lake Travis; boaters beware

Dreaded zebra mussels invade Lake Travis; boaters beware

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LAKE TRAVIS — One measures less than an inch, but when they mass together, these invasive creatures can cause big damage. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials confirmed zebra mussels have invaded Lake Travis. (more…)

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Open floodgates at Max Starcke Dam in Marble Falls in May 2015. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA offers flood operations notifications by phone or email

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With the spring months traditionally among the wettest of the year for the Highland Lakes, the Lower Colorado River Authority is encouraging residents to sign up for free notifications of LCRA flood operations. (more…)

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From Quail Point Community Center on Horseshoe Bay on Jan. 15 after Lake LBJ was lowered. Photo by Karla Held

LCRA will begin refilling lakes Austin and LBJ

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Lakes Austin and LBJ will begin returning to regular levels starting later this week after the Lower Colorado River Authority lowered both for six weeks beginning in early January. (more…)

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PHOTOS: Lake LBJ drawdown changes Horseshoe Bay scenery

PHOTOS: Lake LBJ drawdown changes Horseshoe Bay scenery

HORSESHOE BAY — Images from Lake LBJ show the effects of the Lower Colorado River Authority’s drawdown in recent weeks. Lake LBJ has been lowered about 4 feet to allow customers and lakeside property owners the chance to perform maintenance work. The LCRA does not anticipate needing to operate floodgates, but it has continued to […]

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The Lower Colorado River Authority will begin the drawdown of Lake LBJ (shown) and Lake Austin on Jan. 2 for dock repairs and maintenance. Photo by Keith Bedard of Down to Earth Aerial Photography

LCRA lakes drawdown begins Jan. 2 for dock repairs, maintenance

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN – The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower lakes Austin and LBJ for six weeks beginning Jan. 2. The drawdowns will give lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls, and other shoreline property. The lake lowerings also aid in curbing the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation […]

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Lake LBJ from Lookout Mountain on RR 1431 in Kingsland. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA to lower Lake LBJ by 4 feet for maintenance

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower Lake LBJ as well as Lake Austin for about six weeks in early 2017 to give lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls, and other shoreline property. The drawdown also will aid in curbing the growth of nuisance aquatic […]

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The Vanishing Texas River Cruise headed back up the Colorado River above Lake Buchanan last fall and this spring, thanks to rainfall raising lake levels after drought that lasted almost seven years. Despite the current lake levels at Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis being near full, Lower Colorado River Authority officials are still keeping an eye on the levels. They are hosting an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Lake View Hall in Black Rock Park, 3400 RR 261 in Buchanan Dam. During the event the staff will answer questions from people about the current health of the area lakes. Go to lcra.org for more information. File photo by Daniel Clifton

LCRA open house discussing Highland Lakes’ health

Despite the current lake levels at Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis being near full, Lower Colorado River Authority officials are still keeping an eye on the levels. They are hosting an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Lake View Hall in Black Rock Park, 3400 RR 261 […]

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Get alerts by phone or email for LCRA flood operations

AUSTIN – Residents can receive alerts via text, email or phone when Lower Colorado River Authority flood operations begin at LCRA dams along and near the river. (more…)

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Lake Marble Falls has been closed to recreational boating since June 2 as have Inks Lake, Lake LBJ and Lake Travis. Those lakes will reopen June 10 at noon, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Staff photo by Jared Fields

LCRA to reopen lakes to boaters

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — After a week of no recreational boating on the Highland Lakes, the Lower Colorado River Authority is reopening four lakes at noon June 10. (more…)

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