Man killed in Lake LBJ boating crash

Russell Bowman (Courtesy: Bowman Family)
Russell Bowman (Courtesy: Bowman Family)

BURNET COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – Granite Shoals police and the Texas Parks and Wildlife are investigating a deadly boating crash on Lake LBJ.

The crash happened around 11:04 p.m. Sunday. The Texas Parks and Wildlife says a man and woman were on a boat when they hit a concrete retaining wall while trying to drive the boat into a cove at the entrance to the Rock Bluff subdivision.

Russell Bowman Jr., 68, of Kingsland died at the scene. His friend managed to walk away with minor injuries.

Bowman’s wife, Christine, says her husband loved the water and he knew Lake LBJ well.

“I couldn’t believe it happened that way because he had driven to our dock, through the cove from the lake, a million times,” said Christine Bowman, who had just spoken to her husband a few hours before the crash.

“He was very, very smart, very knowledgable but he was funny,” said Christine. “He was just a nut, he was a nut, he was a great guy and I think that’s what we’re all going to miss.”

This year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife reports there have been 15 accidents on the Highland Lakes. That includes nine on Lake LBJ and three on Lake Travis. Bowman’s death was the first death in a boating crash this year on Lake LBJ. 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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