Waterway ban continues on Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake

Boat ramp to Lake Austin closed on May 31, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Erin Cargile)
Walsh Boat Ramp to Lake Austin closed on May 31, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Erin Cargile)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — While this week’s temperatures are expected to be the warmest Central Texas has seen this year, you still won’t be able to cool off in Austin’s waterways. The Fire Chief has determined that dangerous conditions still exist, so the waterway ban is being extended through noon, June 15, and will be re-evaluated at that time.

The ban on Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River, below Longhorn Dam, means no boats, kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddle boarding are allowed on the water.

While the main waterways are closed to recreational use, the Austin creeks are still open although people should be mindful of the possible dangers before they jump in. Over the past few weeks, three people have died while participating in recreational activities on Barton Creek. Most recently was over the weekend, where a teenager died while swimming in Barton Creek near MoPac.

An Austin Fire Department spokesperson says the department can issue a ban on Barton Creek when the flow exceeds 1,500 cfps (cubic feet per second). Lately, readings from USGS equipment at Loop 360 and Barton Creek have recorded flows below that standard at the time when some people were in dire need.

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