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Lake Travis Before and After The Drought in Texas

Updated on April 26, 2015

The Drought

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The Lake BottomThe Boat RampMore dry lake area
The Lake Bottom
The Lake Bottom
The Boat Ramp
The Boat Ramp
More dry lake area
More dry lake area

Do You Remember?

It was just last August of 2009, that the Texas Hill Country was in a terrible drought. Lake Travis was only half full and the surrounding area was so dry that trees were dying from lack of water. We were able to walk on an area of dry lake bottom to find that only a small stream of water was flowing where the waters once stood. In the middle of the lake, islands were popping up and actually causing blockages in the lake for boat traffic. Boat ramps were closed and unusable. Entrance gates to the lake parks were abandoned because there was no water for recreation. The large city of Austin was straining the lake with its water usage. Predictions for the lake to be completely dry were being made. This drought lasted for two years.

After the Drought

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Recognize the sign?The boat ramp is short now.
Recognize the sign?
Recognize the sign?
The boat ramp is short now.
The boat ramp is short now.

And Then It Rained

In September of 2009, it began to rain! No, we did not have two weeks of downpours. We had a few days of slow soaking rain and then sunshine. This pattern repeated itself time and time again. It is the end of February 2010 and we are still in that pattern of weather. The rain is needed and the sunshine that follows is appreciated.

The lake is almost full. The boat docks are once again floating in their rightful spot. The marinas proudly display their array of boats with easy access to the deep waters of Lake Travis. Most of the dry land, once uncovered, is now under water. As the next rainy days approach, the remaining land waits patiently to once again be covered with the rising waters.

Parks are once again charging entrance fees on weekends. They usually open all week around Memorial Day. Boat trailers sit in the parking lots surrounding the boat ramps, waiting for their owners to once again claim them. The air is still cool and therefore the parks have few sunseekers basking in the rays.

It has been quite a season of healing in this Texas Hill Country lake. We are once again a choice vacation spot. If your travels bring you to the area, you won't be disappointed. Per the weatherman, the bluebonnets are supposed to be glorious this year. I plan on taking lots of pictures. Stay tuned for a hub on this prized Texas Hill Country flower in the weeks to follow.



The weatherman has announced that Lake Travis is now ninety-nine percent full! It is exciting to see the lake full, the docks where they should be, and the parks open. Does it get much better than this?

May 2010

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Full and More Full Lake Travis

The rains have filled Lake Travis entirely. I heard the Weatherman report that we reached 101% at some point. Lake Buchanan, located north of Lake Travis, is still refilling. The LCRA has released some water in this lake to keep the levels close to the full range. If they had not, the lake would most likely be much higher.

The pictures to the right indicate a full lake and very short boat ramps compared to a year ago. The once dry grassy areas are now submerged under water and the lake parks are open for business to the public. Life is good in Austin, Texas.




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  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    9 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thank you Support Med. for your comment! I remember the old saying It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature! Have a blessed day!

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    Support Med. 

    9 years ago from Michigan

    There is so much changing in our world; and it's not all 'natural.' I hope soon (before it is too late), that we need to be very careful about 'messing with Mother Nature." Voted-up/rated!

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    Paula Kirchner 

    10 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Yes it is Susansisk! El Nino changed everything last Fall!

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    Susan Sisk 

    10 years ago from Georgia, USA

    Very interesting. We have had the same thing with lakes where I live. Weather is unpredictable.

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    10 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Pmccray, thank you for the compliment. Thank goodness our drought is over.

    Blessings to you.

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    10 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thanks for your comment Quill. There are definitely changes in weather patterns all over this country, and probably in most countries, though we may not always hear about them. Enjoy your day!

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    10 years ago from Utah

    Beautiful hub...what great photos you are truly talented. Great to see the changed in a once distressed area. Have a wonderful day PaulaK

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    10 years ago

    Morning Paula for the Hub and I do think we need to be made aware of the changes around us such as these. Weather patterns are changing all around us. As I visit the places I used to live I see the changes. Even the seasons are adjusting, when I was a child Spring was Spring etc and now it is not uncommon to have what is a freak snowstorm in may...unheard of as a child and yet it is happening today.


  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    10 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Yes there is much disagreement, Pamela. El Nino took over for awhile in our area. La Nina just about did us in! Thanks for your support and looking forward to your next hub!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    It seems there is much disagreement between scientist about global warming and the effects as the weather the last 2 years has been totally different than the previous years. The lake looks pretty. I'm glad it's back Good hub.


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