Lake Travis recreation areas offer prime locations for primitive camping
Turkey Bend Recreation Area
Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy "roughing it" have plenty of camping options available at LCRA parks and recreation areas, even during busy spring break weeks. Eight LCRA parks along the shores of Lake Travis offer primitive camping, most on a first-come, first-served basis with no advance reservations required.
Camp Creek Park, on the north shore of Lake Travis near Marble Falls, features a grove of pecan trees perfect for camping, and the area includes picnic tables, grills and fire rings. Although the water level of Lake Travis is low, Camp Creek still has a nice swimming area.
Camp on the open range at Turkey Bend Recreation Area, which occupies 400 acres on Lake Travis near Marble Falls. Some sites along the shore offer picturesque views of cliffs across the lake. LCRA recently built a new paved camping loop at the park.
For a more isolated experience, visit Grelle Recreation Area, situated in a cove on the south shore of Lake Travis near Spicewood. A two-mile hiking trail winds through the area's hills to a plateau with a spectacular view of Lake Travis. Picnic tables, grills and fire rings are available.
Visit individual park pages for details about camping, available activities and fees at any of these parks along Lake Travis: Camp Creek, Shaffer Bend, Turkey Bend, Grelle, Muleshoe Bend, Pace Bend, Arkansas Bend and Sandy Creek Park.
Most downstream farmers will go without Highland Lakes water in 2014
Severe drought means outdoor watering will be limited to maximum of once a week
Most farmers downstream of Austin will go without Highland Lakes water in 2014 for the third year in a row due to the prolonged drought throughout the lower Colorado River basin. The cutoff is the result of emergency drought relief approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Feb. 26.
As of March 1, LCRA also is requiring its firm customers, such as cities and water districts, to limit lawn watering to no more than once a week.
Lakes Travis and Buchanan, the region's major reservoirs, currently hold about 760,000 acre-feet, or about 38 percent of capacity. Without the emergency relief, LCRA projections show there was a nearly 60 percent chance combined storage in lakes Travis and Buchanan could reach a record low of 600,000 acre-feet by Aug. 31. The emergency relief reduces that chance to about 20 percent.
How full are the lakes?
Lakes Travis and Buchanan are our region’s water supply reservoirs and currently hold about 759,371 acre-feet of water.