Lake Travis sits at 99 percent full, businesses hopeful

Boaters on Lake Travis on March 14, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Erin Cargile)
Boaters on Lake Travis on March 14, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Erin Cargile)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — For the first time in nearly six years, Lake Travis is almost at full capacity. As of Monday afternoon, Lake Travis is sitting at 680.17 feet above sea level, which is 99 percent full. In the past seven days, recent rains have raised the lake levels by 2 feet. The last time it was this full was April 2010.

The lowest Lake Travis has been since 1964 was 618.56 feet above sea level in September 2013, right at the end of the most intense Central Texas drought on record.

Lake Buchanan rose 1.7 feet in the past week and is currently 87 percent full. Lake Buchanan hasn’t been at this capacity since July 2008.

The higher lake levels and summer-like temperatures are coming at the perfect time for business owners who hope this Spring Break will be better than years past.

“The world is back in order,” said Pete Clark, owner of Just For Fun Watercraft Rentals at Emerald Point Marina. “Once they hear [the lake is] full, they come out of the wood work.”

His crew rented out nearly two dozen boats and jet skis Monday.

“It was my first time out here, and it was amazing,” said Hildebrando Cuaresma from Houston. He was with a group celebrating a friend’s birthday.

Many businesses have been in survival mode the last few years when low lake levels were taking a toll.

Restaurants like Carols ‘n Charlies did not survive, but there is a deal in the works to re-open the once popular lake front spot on a permanent basis. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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