About Lake Travis

about lake travis

Since Austin is known for its lakes and rivers, many of our clients have commissioned us to build their weekend waterfront custom homes. In addition to Lake Austin and Lake LBJ, Lake Travis is one of the most popular and offers some of the most beautiful lake views in the Texas Hill Country.

Ranked as one of the cleanest lakes in Texas and in the top three for scuba and water sports, Lake Travis is 65 miles of shimmering water and beautiful, natural limestone cliffs. With coves east, north and west of the marina, this boater’s dream offers thrilling exploration and adventure with casual dining options all along the shoreline.

Lake Travis and its parks offer amazing and diverse beauty — from lakes and hills to rivers and prairies – all within close proximity. Parks surrounding Lake Travis foster a sense of belonging for the families and visitors who frequent them. Managed to balance recreational use with resource protection, the parks prioritizes water quality and habitat protection and provide infrastructure, facilities and necessary amenities to facilitate recreational activities. The parks are comfortable, safe places, environmentally friendly and models of sustainability which are readily associated with a positive, strong sense of place. The attractiveness of these nature escapes continues to draw families from Dallas, Houston and the state of Texas.

Lake Travis is located fifteen miles northwest of downtown Austin, Texas. The lake is 64 miles long, and its maximum width is 4.5 miles. Lake Travis covers 18,900 acres. The lake is considered full at an elevation of 681 feet above mean sea level. There are 270 miles of shoreline around the lake. Lake Travis is one of six lakes in the Highland Lakes chain of lakes operated by the Lower Colorado River Authority. The lake has a maximum depth of 210 feet.

Lake Travis was created by impounding the Colorado River with the construction of Mansfield Dam in 1937 – 1941. The dam spillway elevation is 714 feet above msl. The dam has 24 floodgates rated at 4,770 cubic feet per second each. Due to the dam and spillway system, the lake level changes as water levels are managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority. For this reason, many managed boat docks can be found around the lake.

Contact us to learn more about building a home on Lake Travis.

About Jenkins Custom Homes

Jenkins Custom Homes is a Design-Build Custom Home Builder in Austin with 25+ years experience & numerous awards. Known for their almost fanatical emphasis on the science of building, their white glove all-in-one service focuses on one company to handle everything from home to pool to landscaping, even the boat dock.

Take a look at some amazing Lake Travis Waterfront Custom Homes here.

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