- Lake Austin
lake_name = Lake Austin
image_lake = Lake austin 2005.jpg
type = Hydroelectric reservoir
caption_lake = Seen from
basin_countries = United States
coords = coord|30|17.66|N|97|47.18|W|region:US-TX_type:waterbody|display=inline,title
inflow = Colorado River
outflow = Colorado River
area = 1,599 acres (6.5 km²)
max-depth = 75 ft (23 m)
elevation = 492 ft (150 m) above sea level
Lake Austin is a reservoir on the Colorado River in
Austin, Texasin the United States. The reservoir was formed in 1939 by the construction of Tom Miller Damby the Lower Colorado River Authority. Lake Austin is one of the seven Highland Lakes created by the Lower Colorado River Authority, and is used for flood control, electrical power generation, and recreation. Loop 360 spans the lake at the Pennybacker Bridge.
The other reservoirs on the Colorado River are Lake Buchanan,
Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, and Lady Bird Lake.
Fish and wildlife populations
Lake Austin has been stocked with several species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish present in Lake Austin include
largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish. Lake Austin is one of the Texas Highland Lakes infested with hydrilla, a non-native aquatic plant species. The Lower Colorado River Authority has intentionally lowered the water levels in the lake in the months of January and February so that freezing air temperatures might destroy substantial portions of the hydrilla in the lake each winter.
* [http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/austin/ Lake Austin - Texas Parks & Wildlife]
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