Hill Country
Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake (Formerly Town Lake) Information:
The 468 surface acre Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) was created by the construction of the Longhorn Dam on the Colorado River. The lake was impounded in 1960. Picnic tables and overlooks are located at the dam. The Tom Miller Dam forming Lake Austin is located on the northern end of the lake. This constant level lake has a maximum depth of 18 feet. Both Barton Springs and Cold Springs discharge into the lake. Cold Springs, the springs that originally created the Deep Eddy Pool, are now covered by Lady Bird Lake, but can be viewed on the south shore of the lake near Deep Eddy Pool, approximately 0.25 miles upstream from Mopac. A small rock wall has been built around the springs forming a mini-hot tub. During the winter months, Barton Springs provides much of the water flow to the lake. The lake is located in the City of Austin. In 2007, Town Lake was renamed Lady Bird Lake after Lady Bird Johnson. During the 1970s, Lady Bird was instrumental in forming the Town Lake Beautification Project that cleaned up and landscaped the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail and the lakeside parks. Sailing, kayaking and canoeing are permitted on the lake. Gas powered motor boats are prohibited on the lake. Swimming in also prohibited, so unless you participate in the annual late April or Early May Money Box Cap2K Open Water Race & Pledge Swim or some other special event, you will not be legally swimming in the lake. The Money Box race begins at Red Bud Isle and finishes at the Texas Rowing Center on the east side of the Mopac Bridge. Proceeds benefit Deep Eddie Pool and the Swim Safe for Austin Kids program which offers swimming lessons to underprivileged children. The lake facilities are managed by the City of Austin. The lake is patrolled by the Austin Police Department’s Lake Patrol Unit.  
Lady Bird Lake Location Map
Austin Police Department Lady Bird Lake Patrol:  (512) 389-4848.
Current Highland Lakes’ Levels 
Highland Lakes Boat Ramps & Openings and Closings
Lady Bird Lake TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk Map 
Lady Bird Lake Butler (Town Lake) Hike & Bike Trail Map
Colorado River Alliance Wilkerson (Educational) Center:
This non-profit group is dedicated to keeping the Colorado River clean and healthy for plants and fish, for recreation use, and for human use. They provide public education programs, including their student youth program at the Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education at the Redbud Center in Austin. The Wilkerson Center features exhibits that teach the history of the Colorado River. Interactive water exhibits teach how flooding and water supply is managed by the 7 Highland Lakes and the Colorado River dams system. Rainwater harvesting, and storm water exhibits demonstrate water conservation and protection, and the native plant gardens teach wildlife ecology, the interaction between plants and animals. The Redbud Center is home to the Colorado River Operations Center which is responsible for monitoring flooding and water supply in the Lower Colorado River Basin, and is the Emergency Operation Center during floods. The Redbud Center’s Lady Bird Lake overlook provides beautiful views of Lake Austin’s Tom Miller Dam, and the river/lake. The Wilkerson Center offers customized educational programs for student, church or scout groups through after school and summer programs. These programs are held Tue-Fri, 3pm-5pm during the school year, and 10am-12 noon during the summer months. The Redbud Center grounds are open to the public free of charge for self-guided tours. Donations are gratefully accepted. Volunteers are needed. Open Mon-Fri, 6am-5pm. Closed during emergency operations and holidays. The 5 acre Redbud Center complex is located near the LCRA headquarters building and Tom Miller Dam at 3625 Lake Austin Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78703, just north of Redbud Trail. (512) 498-1587.  Email  Location Map