Lake Travis up 25 feet in 7 days, still rising

LAKE TRAVIS, Texas (KXAN) — Lake Travis has risen to 658 feet above mean sea level, 25 feet higher than it was just seven days ago — a rise of nearly 29 feet this month. It’s the highest level since May 2011. Since the beginning of the year, Lake Travis has risen 34 feet. The lake is now just 12 feet below its average May elevation, and could be within 20 feet of its “full” level (681 ft) late this weekend or early next week, possibly much sooner with additional rain in the forecast.

The Lower Colorado River Authority expects the lake could rise as high as 660 feet Thursday, and continue rising in the coming weeks as inflows from Hill Country creeks and rivers continue. Repeated flooding on the Llano and Pedernales rivers has broken the most severe drought in the history of Lake Travis. However, Lake Buchanan has only seen a rise of only 3 feet in May, and is only forecast to rise slowly in the coming days. It remains 22 feet below average.

In the last few weeks, Travis County Parks officials have reopened some boat ramps along the lake as water levels continue to rise. According to the LCRA’s boat ramp information page, at least five more ramps could soon open based on new lake levels.

Lake levels from LCRA

 

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