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Lake Travis is a reservoir on the Colorado River in central Texas in the United States. Serving principally as flood-control reservoir, Lake Travis’ historical minimum to maximum water height change is nearly 100 feet. In 2018 alone, it has seen a 20-foot depth increase within a single 24-hour period of time. Lake Travis is well-known for its outdoor recreation opportunities, including fishing, boating, swimming, scuba diving, picnicking, camping, and zip lining. Another recreational use, nude sunbathing and swimming, is permitted in Hippie Hollow Park.
This picturesque park is located near the eastern end of Lake Travis and holds the distinction of being the only legal clothing optional park in Texas. In ranking lakes in Texas for accidental fatalities, Lake Travis was in first-place in 2011 and tied for second-place for total deaths over the years 2000-2015. Flotation devices are recommended on Lake Travis for personal safety reasons. Lake Travis is a dangerous body of water because it isn’t actually a lake, it’s a giant reservoir. It has a dynamic about it that’s unlike most other bodies of water. There are all kinds of things under the water that are obstacles. There are steep, steep drop-offs, and so, you can be standing in three feet of water, take a step, and you’re in 50 feet of water.
Lake Travis has been stocked with several species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. In spring 2008 there were several reports of leeches residing in Lake Travis. The leeches are generally harmless to humans but can be a nuisance. Mansfield Dam are opened under the direction of the U. The extreme drought of 2008-2009 brought the lake to its fourth lowest level at 626.