Lake Austin real estate is the most desirable real estate in Austin, Texas because it offers the homeowners a chance to live near this picturesque lake. In addition, there are a number of recreational facilities including amusement centers and in neighboring restaurants. Water activities around this area include boating, fishing and swimming. This 22 mile stretch of lake truly offers the finest residential real estate in Austin, Texas.
The residential communities built on the multi-acre land allow buyers to choose unique town-homes that offer a spectacular view of the Highland Lakes. There is also the option of the sizeable prime waterfront houses where the residents get to enjoy the lake winds. The water levels are at always at optimal levels, and the homes are in proximity to social amenities. Many restaurants offer boat rides to their impressive premises.
Located on the western side of Lake Austin, Lake Austin Real Estate presents the finest real estate in the wooded shores of Lake Austin.
The lake is long and narrow, easily confused with a long-winding river. It stretches for 21 miles from Lake Travis. The two lakes separate at the Mansfield Dam. Lake Austin has a consistently cool water temperature, a factor caused by the fact that the Mansfield Dam empties water from Lake Travis to Lake Austin. This makes the lakes water favorable for the summer season. The lakes narrow shape makes it popular for water sports, and it is, in fact, common to see water skaters having a good time throughout the seasons.
Lake Austin History
Built on 1890-1893, Lake Austin, formerly known as Lake McDonald, is the largest man-made water reservoir built in Texas. You can find it on River Colorado on the western side of Austin. It was initially being created the Austin Dam, but as time went by large amounts of soil sediments started to accumulate in the dam and since there were no major obstructions, the sediments increased gradually. The pressure was too much that it caused the dam to slide. This was further facilitated by the heavy rains that happened in 1900 causing significant flooding of the dam. In 1915, the city tried to have the dam reconstructed but unfortunately, there emerged a quarrel between the contractor and the city leading to a major halt to the construction. Heavy rains destroyed the dam and the halted reconstruction later in the year. In 1938, years after the dam was destroyed, the Lower River Colorado Authority was given the contract to rebuild the dam a fresh. They completed the project in 1939 resulting from 1,590 foot Tom Miller Dam.
With a 21, 000 acre-feet reservoir, Lake Austin is among the six projects managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority. The lake proudly holds an 1830 acres surface area and an uncontrolled spillway elevation of 492.8 feet above the sea level. This is referred to the electrical generation and turbine discharge from upstream of Mansfield Dam. Tom Miller dam has two 6,750 kilowatts generators. As you can see Lake Austin is full of rich history and scenic beauty.