Lake Walter E. Long


Lake Walter E. Long

infobox_lake
lake_name = Lake Walter E. Long
image_lake =
type = Power plant cooling reservoir
caption_lake =
location = Austin, Texas
basin_countries = United States
coords = coord|30|17.11|N|97|35.77|W|type:waterbody_region:US-TX|display=inline,title
inflow = Decker Creek
outflow = Decker Creek
area = 1,269 acres (5.1 km²)
depth =
max-depth = 60 ft (18 m)
elevation = 555 ft (169 m)

Lake Walter E. Long is a power plant cooling reservoir on Decker Creek in Austin, Texas, USA. The reservoir was officially impounded in 1967 and serves to provide water for turbines used in the production of electricity from petroleum-based fuels. The dam and the lake are managed by the City of Austin. Surrounding Lake Walter E. Long is the city of Austin's Lake Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park, a popular recreational destination.

Lake Walter E. Long is also known as Decker Lake.

Fish and plant populations

Lake Walter E. Long has been stocked with species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish present in Lake Walter E. Long include catfish, largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, and sunfish. Plant species present in the lake water include hydrilla, pondweed, bulrush, water-star grass, American lotus, coontail, and southern naiad.

Recreational uses

Lake Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park is open for daytime recreational use. Boating and fishing are the most popular recreational uses of the lake.

External links

* [http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/walter_long/ Lake Walter E. Long - Texas Parks & Wildlife]
* [http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/parkmaps/images/walter_e_long.jpgCity of Austin Map] of lake and surrounding roads


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