Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake, Austin

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Lady Bird Lake is a river-like reservoir on the Colorado River in Austin, Texas, United States. The City of Austin created the reservoir in 1960 as a cooling pond for a new city power plant. The surface area of the lake is 416acres, and it is currently used primarily for recreation and flood control. The reservoir is named in honor of former First Lady of the United States Lady Bird Johnson.
Lady Bird Lake is the easternmost lake of a chain of reservoirs on the Colorado River, which is completely located in Texas, and should not be confused with the larger Colorado River located in the Southwestern United States. This chain, known locally as the Texas Highland Lakes, also includes Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, and Lake Austin.
The City of Austin constructed Longhorn Dam in 1960 to form Town Lake. The city needed the reservoir to serve as a cooling pond for the Holly Street Power Plant, which operated from 1960 until 2007.
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  • The path leads largely as a jetty over the water along the south bank of Lady Bird Lake and partly offers a great view of the city skyline. In some places you feel far away from the big city hustle and bustle.
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  • The boardwalk is a nice place to take a walk during the day. There are lots of joggers and some bicyclists, but the pathway is wide. There are several places along the route to stop. The view of downt...  more »

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