Watercraft ban lifted for Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin

Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, and the Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam are closed until Wednesday, June 1 at noon. (KXAN File Photo)
Police searching for lake-goers boating while intoxicated (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr has lifted a watercraft ban Sunday that was issued for Lady Bird Lake and Lake Austin.

AFD put the ban in place Saturday due to heavy, week-long storms and increasing water released from the Mansfield Dam.

The water moved into Lady Bird Lake and Lake Austin, creating high and swift waters that combined debris, making the two lakes unsafe for recreational use.

The chief warned violators would have their boat impounded.

The ban was supposed to last until Monday but due to the LCRA not releasing any water Saturday through Mansfield Dam as expected, the fire chief lifted the ban, effective immediately.

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