Formed as a reservoir on the Colorado River near Austin, Texas, Lake Austin is one of the seven Highland Lakes created by the Lower Colorado River Authority. It is used for both recreation, and for flood control, and for electrical power generation. The reservoir was formed for the first time in the 1890s when the Austin Dam was built. By 1900 the dam gave way due to pressure formed by the building up of sediment. Again in 1915 the dam was partially rebuilt, only to be abandoned due to disputes between the city and the contractor. In 1939, the construction of the Tom Miller Dam was completed by the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Life in Austin offers a fantastic combination of both city and outdoor life. Located just west of Downtown Austin - today the lake is used for a wide range of recreational activities and outdoor adventure for the whole family.
Great for fishing - Lake Austin is populated with large-mouth bass, catfish, and sunfish. The day parks - great for setting up for your day of fishing include, Commons Ford, Fritz Hughes, or Selma Hughes.
The Lake Austin Marina features 168 boat slips of varying features and sizes, and a Ship Store.
Enjoy a drink or meal at one of the restaurants and bars that offer beautiful views of Lake Austin. Relax on the outdoor patio at the Hula Hut, a Hawaiian fun filled spot. The County Line offers some fantastic BBQ, in an old lake lodge setting.
From boating to water skiing, and camping to fishing, Lake Austin is exciting for all.