Monday, September 11, 2017

Places You Should Not Miss in Lake Travis|Collectible Art


Lake Travis is a reservoir located on the Colorado River in Texas. Mansfield Dam constructed it in 1942, on the western part of Austin, Texas. The Lower Colorado River Authority designed Lake Travis to hold flood waters to protect flash-flood prone areas. Initially, the plan was to contain flood waters but during its construction in July of 1938, a severe flood damaged the reservoir. The incident prompted an increase of its storage capacity for flood waters. 

Among the seven reservoirs of the Highland Lakes, Lake Travis holds the record as the largest storage capacity reservoir. Measuring 65 miles from Travis County, going to Burnet County up until Max Starcke Dam, the lake has a snake-like design which ends in Marble Falls town. The Pedernales River flows drains into the lake from the southwestern part of Travis County. In all of Texas, Lake Travis has the clearest water and a significant water source for Austin and nearby cities.  Other purposes of the lake include water supply, electrical power generation as well as recreation. 
Most people visit Lake Travis because of its fun and exciting outdoor recreational activities. Activities like boating, fishing, boating, and camping are amongst the favorites. A more bold activity within the lake happens in Hippie Hollow Park, aside from swimming, nude sunbathing is allowed on this beach. The very scenic beauty of Lake Travis has created these popular destinations. 

# 1 Austin Nature & Science Center


Location: 301 Nature Center Drive
The Austin Nature & Science Center is specifically designed for kids. It features natural history and botany where children will learn about the environment. They also host fun activities like unearthing “dinosaur bones” from a sand pit, which dates back 99 million years ago. Children will surely love digging into the sandbar to find the ‘fossils’. The center is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday. 

# 2 Krause Springs


Krause Springs houses 2 natural springs, waterfall, caves, and picnic areas. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the swimming pool placed on a bluff with a scenic view of cypress creek. When the heat of the sun gets you nuts, head on to Krause Springs as the water stays at a relatively cool temperature of 70 deg. Deeply forested, you can set up a picnic in shady areas. Don’t forget to bring food and a cooler for an all-day fun experience. 

#3 St. Luke’s on the Lake


Location: 5600 Ranch Road 620 N
Known as “The Church with The View”, St. Luke’s is an Episcopal church located on the cliffs with an amazing view of Lake Travis. It has the most scenic view of the pristine waters of the lake perfect for those mini pictorials with your family. A mini viewing deck at the back of the church is the best place to take those pictures. 

# 4 Lakeway City Park


Location: 502 Hurst Creek Rd
When you find Lake Travis packed with tourists, you can park in Lakeway and just walk into the lake. Activities in the park include a playground, baseball fields, basketball and volleyball courts and walking trails. After a long walk, you will appreciate Lakeway City Park the most, as their benches are designed to be submerged in the water to cool your sore feet. That’s an added bonus going into this park. 

# 5 Hamilton Pool


Do you want to know where locals go? Hamilton Pool is a natural hidden gem in Lake Travis, where locals go for a swim. The place looks like paradise, and most photographers come here to take their perfect shot. But do bring extra clothes and waterproof camera as some days there would be small waterfalls forming in some places.

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