Lakeway Marina has been entertaining generations of families searching for lake enjoyment in the unspoiled Texas Hill Country on the gorgeous highland lakes since the 1960s. Some of our customers visited the marina as youngsters and now bring their families to repeat the renowned lake experience on Lake Travis. Lakeway Marina has been there since the beginning and continues to be there for your friends and family today.
Professional Diagnostics and Repair
From regular, suggested maintenance and warranty repair to super-fast emergency service when you need it, Lakeway Marina’s entire service department has you covered. We are a Mercruiser and Volvo stern drive parts and service dealer, plus we service many other makes and models of outboards, stern drives, and engines. We can meet all of your boating needs.
The Boat Detail at Lakeway Marina
Our yacht detailing experts can clean your machine right on the spot! Wash Bimini & Cover – Wash & Chamois Dry Exterior – Water Spot Removal Treatment – Clean Exterior – Seats Cleaned – Non-skid Surfaces – Windows – Carpets cleaned and Vacuumed – Interior Surfaces Wiped Down – Treat Mildew – Spray Wax with SiO2 ceramic Based – Professional-Grade Sealant with UV Protection for $24/ft. Your yacht will glitter thanks to the detail staff! Give yourself a lot of attention to detail and make sure everything is clean before you return to the water.
Preventative care is the best option. We specialize in yearly maintenance and preventative maintenance to ensure that your boating experience is always enjoyable.
Specials on Boat Detailing – Our boat detail staff will come to you! Our PLATINUM DETAIL will wash the bimini and cover, as well as wash and dry the exterior. – Water Spot Removal Method – Clean the outside – Clean the seats – Clean the non-skid surfaces – Clean the windows – Vacuum the carpets – Wipe down the inside surfaces – Treat mildew – Apply SiO2 ceramic exterior spray wax. The detail staff will shine your boat, so treat yourself to a fantastic detail and make sure everything is spotless before you return to the ocean!
LAKE TRAVIS INFORMATION
Lake Travis is a Colorado River reservoir in central Texas, United States.
Lake Travis has a historical minimum to maximum water height variation of more than 100 feet, primarily operating as a flood-control reservoir. In 2018, it had a 20-foot depth increase in a single 24-hour period.
With 30 square miles of surface area, Lake Travis has the most storage capacity among the Highland Lakes reservoirs. It runs 65 miles (105 kilometers) upriver from western Travis County (near Lago Vista, Texas) through southern Burnet County to the Max Starcke Dam, southwest of Marble Falls. In addition to flood control and water distribution, the lake is used for power generating and recreation.
The Pedernales River, a major tributary of the Colorado River, flows into the lake from southwestern Travis County.
The reservoir was built in 1942 by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) in the western outskirts of Austin, Texas, and was designed primarily to absorb floodwaters in a flash-flood prone zone. Following a severe storm in July 1938, the height of the dam was extended during construction to boost floodwater storage capacity.
In April 1971, Point Venture Development Co. began regular scheduled ferry service between Point Venture and the south bank of Hurst Creek. The 20-minute ride was Texas’ only inland ferry service at the time.
Boat sinkings in September 2020
A boat parade in support of Donald Trump was held on September 5, 2020. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office received several calls of boats in distress, and several vessels sunk. Despite the calm weather, the boats created a massive wake as they began to move together, drowning at least five vessels. The hashtag #dumbkirk trended on Twitter following the occurrence.
On Lake Travis, popular recreational activities include fishing, boating, swimming, scuba diving, picnics, camping, and zip lining.
Swimming and nude sunbathing are other permitted activities in Hippie Hollow Park. This picturesque park on Lake Travis’ eastern shore is Texas’ first designated clothes-optional park. Lake Travis is often considered as one of the cleanest bodies of water in Texas. It is a vital supply of water for the neighboring city of Austin, Texas, as well as the surrounding metropolitan region.
Death toll rankings
Lake Travis was ranked first in Texas for accidental fatalities in 2011 and second overall between 2000 and 2015.
In 2018, six people drowned at Lake Travis, accounting for six of the 29 total boating deaths recorded in Texas that year.
Lake Travis has been stocked with a variety of fish species to improve its suitability for recreational fishing. Lake Travis is home to largemouth bass, guadalupe bass, white bass, striped bass, catfish, and sunfish.
In the spring of 2008, there were several reports of leeches in Lake Travis. Leeches are largely harmless to humans, however they can be annoying.
The lake’s elevation
The lake is considered “full” (at maximum designed capacity) when the water level is 681 feet (208 meters) above mean sea level (msl). When the water level at Mansfield Dam climbs over 681 feet (208 meters), the flood control gates at the dam open, as instructed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Depending on the amount of rainfall in the Colorado River basin upstream, the lake’s level may fluctuate dramatically, with a 96-foot difference between its historical high and low.
The lake’s record high level was 710.4 feet (216.5 m) above mean sea level on December 25, 1991, only four feet below the dam’s top/spillway at 714 feet (218 m). The record low was 614.2 feet (187.2 m) above mean sea level on August 14, 1951.
Due to the severe drought of 2008-2009, the lake hit its fourth lowest level in November 2009, at 626.09 feet (190.83 m) above mean sea level. The second lowest level was 615.02 feet (187.46 m) above mean sea level on November 8, 1963. Levels decreased to 618 feet during the Southern United States drought of 2010-13, the third lowest level ever recorded. The LCRA, a public utility in charge of Lake Travis management, broadcasts water level reports on the internet. In April 2016, the lake reached its maximum depth of 681 feet.
Lake Travis is the main flood control reservoir for the Highland Lake series. The LCRA manages the floodgates of Mansfield Dam, with assistance from the US Army Corps of Engineers. Ideally, this is done after a big downpour to reduce or eliminate downstream flooding, which would otherwise be both immediate and severe in the absence of the dam. Floodgate operations are carried out during severe floods to protect property around Lake Travis as well as the dam itself.
While the dam’s physical construction assists in flood protection, lengthy spillway operations, a worst-case scenario that has never occurred in the lake’s history, might weaken the dam’s base and endanger its overall integrity. In such cases, operations are primarily intended to protect the dam, and lake water may be released up to the dam’s maximum 24-floodgate capacity—regardless of downstream effects—to prevent the dam from crumbling catastrophically. The dam’s total maximum discharge capacity, including the hydroelectric generators but without the spillway, is more than 130,000 cubic feet per second (cfs); little less than one million gallons per second. Discharge rates increase as water levels/pressures rise.
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