UPDATE: Low water level closes sixth Lake Travis boat ramp


Updated at 6:56 p.m., July 11:

As the water level in Lake Travis continues to drop, the boat ramp at the Narrows Recreation area was also shut down, according to LCRA’s website. LCRA spokesperson Clara Tuma said in an email Wednesday that the organization has revised the minimum lake level for the ramp to operate from the original 653 feet to 659.5 feet.

“The ramp is closed because current conditions make it unsafe for boat launching,” Tuma said. “Less than two feet of the ramp is currently in the water, and the water level is very shallow for about 70 yards from the shoreline.”

The latest report put the water level of Lake Travis at 659.35 feet, according to LCRA’s website.

Updated at 1:35 p.m., July 6:

According to the projections of the Lower Colorado River Authority, levels in Lake Travis might continue to drop over the next few months as the heat and intensive use of water continues, said LCRA spokeswoman Tara Wells.

Original story posted at 12:46 p.m., July 6

Five boat ramps on Lake Travis have been shut down due to the low water level, according to LCRA’s website.

The five boat ramps are:

  • Arkansas Bend maintained by Travis County
  • Camp Creek Park maintained by LCRA
  • Cypress Creek maintained by Travis County
  • Gloster Bend Recreation Area maintained by LCRA
  • Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area maintained by LCRA

As of Friday noon, the water level of Lake Travis was 659.97 feet mean sea level. The minimum operating lake levels for the closed ramps are around 660 feet. The average lake level in July is 667.33 feet, according to LCRA’s website.

The boat ramp at Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point is also closed, but not due to the low water level, according to Comanche Trail Park Supervisor Jason Just. A recent storm blew anchors onto the dock and blocked the ramp, which is now closed for repair, Just said.

Boaters may still go to the following ramps on Lake Travis:

  • Jones Brothers Park
  • Mansfield Dam
  • Narrows Recreation Area
  • Pace Bend – Collier Cove
  • Pace Bend – Tatum Cove
  • Pace Bend – Tournament Point
  • Sandy Creek

For information on closed ramps, contact Travis County Parks at 512-854-7275 or LCRA at 512-473-3366.

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Yue "Stella" Yu covers Lake Travis, Westlake, Leander and Cedar Park. She is a journalism student at University of Missouri. Prior to this summer, she was a city government reporter at Columbia Missourian. Three things she loves the most: jazz, dogs and community journalism. Feel free to reach out at 573-529-5725 or email her at yyu@communityimpact.com
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