New public boat ramp open on Lake Travis

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Low lake levels in Central Texas have caused some boat ramps to close. However, a new, public launch point just opened on Lake Travis at Pace Bend Park. Boaters better use it while they can, though.

Travis County Parks officials say construction on the boat ramp was completed about a month ago. The ramp is at Tournament Point. Saturday, boaters were starting to flood the area to launch into the water.

“My brother’s down there, doing some jet skiing and stuff and hanging out on the beach, and he said, ‘Hey, the ramp’s open, come on out,'” said Tommy Sanders, “I’m excited. I bought the boat last year, and haven’t had a chance to get on Travis. It will be the first.”

Many boat ramps on Lake Travis have had to close due to the low water levels. Recent rains have made a very slight difference.

“When I got here, it was a lot more full than what it was, but not what I was expecting it to be,” said one boater, “I mean, it’s just tremendously low.”

The new boat ramp at Tournament Point is designed as a low-level ramp.

“Ideally you want the lake high, and then be able to launch from where ever you want to be on the lake,” Sanders said, “But for $12–a ramp right here–you can’t beat it.”

If the Lake Travis elevation gets below 630 mean sea level, the ramp will have to close. On Saturday, the water was just inches above that.

“If there indeed is just truly a window to use it, then I’m going to take advantage of it as long as I can,” Sanders said.

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