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Lake-Austin is a reservoir located on the Colorado River in the city of Austin, Texas. Lake Austin is also one of the lakes in the series of lakes known as the "Highland Lakes." The other lakes in the system include Inks Lake, Lake Buchanan, Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, Lady Bird Lake. Lake Austin was formed in 1939 by the construction of Tom Miller Dam to be used for flood control and electrical power generation. It's also become a very popular recreational lake, especially for fishing and boating. The lake has been stocked with several species of fish, but is most well-known for its' largemouth bass. Other fish present in Lake Austin include catfish and sunfish. The surface area of the lake is 1,599 acres with a maximum depth of 75 feet. Unfortunately, Lake Austin is one of the Texas Highland Lakes infested with hydrilla, a non-native aquatic plant species. The Lower Colorado River Authority has intentionally lowered the water levels in the lake in the months of January and February so that freezing air temperatures might destroy substantial portions of the hydrilla in the lake each winter. Of course, the city of Austin offers a wide variety of other attractions and special events including the Austin Reggae Festive, Art City Austin, Carnaval Brasileiro in February, and the Pecan Street Festival.

Surrounding areas: Matagorda, Texas (12.7 mi), Palacios, Texas (26.3 mi), Freeport, Texas (28.5 mi), Quintana, Texas (30.9 mi), Surfside Beach, Texas (32.2 mi)

Lake Austin Vacation Rentals

Lake Austin Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Econo Lodge3712 Seventh CtBay City, TX16.0 mi.(979) 245-5115
Best Western Matagorda Hotel & Conf407 7TH StBay City, TX16.6 mi.(979) 244-5400
Bay City InnRT1Bay City, TX16.8 mi.(979) 245-0985
Cattlemen's Motel905 Ave FBay City, TX16.8 mi.(800) 551-6056
Holiday Inn Express920 Ave FBay City, TX16.8 mi.(979) 323-9500
Best Western Brazos Inn714 S Columbia DrWest Columbia, TX25.3 mi.(979) 345-2399
Comfort Suites296 Abner Jackson PkwyLake Jackson, TX26.7 mi.(979) 297-5545
Best Western Lake Jackson Inn915 Hwy 332Lake Jackson, TX27.3 mi.(979) 297-3031
Ramada Inn Lake Jackson925 Hwy 332Lake Jackson, TX27.3 mi.(979) 297-1161
Columbia Lakes Resort Hotel180 Freeman BlvdWest Columbia, TX27.8 mi.(979) 345-5151
Country Hearth Inn1015 W 2ND StFreeport, TX28.6 mi.(888) 325-7818
Best Western Clute Inn & Suites900 Hwy 332Clute, TX28.7 mi.(979) 388-0055
Holiday Inn Express809 Hwy 332Clute, TX28.7 mi.(979) 265-5252
La Quinta Inn Clute/lake Jackson1126 S Hwy 323 WestClute, TX28.7 mi.(979) 265-7461
Mainstay Suites1003 W Hwy 332Clute, TX28.7 mi.(979) 388-9300
Motel 6 # 0342 Clute1000 Hwy 332Clute, TX28.7 mi.(979) 265-4764

Lake Austin Weather & Climate

Central Texas has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, with prevailing winds from the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are mild and relatively dry. Snowfall is rare, but ice storms occur about once every two years or so. On average, central Texas receives 33.6 inches of rain per year, mostly in the spring and fall. Severe thunderstorms are also possible in the springtime. Bright sunshine prevails, however, most of the time, with the area receiving nearly 2,650 hours of sun per year. The highest recorded temperature in central Texas was 112 F. on September 5, 2000. Summer highs exceed 100 degrees F. on an average of 18 days per year and exceed 90 degrees F. on 116 days per year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 62°F 44°F 3.63 in. -
February 64°F 47°F 2.81 in. -
March 70°F 53°F 2.54 in. -
April 76°F 61°F 2.63 in. -
May 81°F 69°F 4.53 in. -
June 87°F 75°F 4.44 in. -
July 89°F 77°F 3.34 in. -
August 90°F 76°F 3.16 in. -
September 87°F 72°F 6.19 in. -
October 81°F 63°F 3.72 in. -
November 72°F 53°F 4.19 in. -
December 65°F 46°F 2.57 in. -

Lake Austin Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Sugar Land Regional airport (SGR) located about 57 miles north of Lake Austin in Houston, Texas, the William P Hobby airport (HOU) located approximately 66 miles northeast of Lake Austin in Houston, Texas, the Victoria Regional airport (VCT) located roughly 68 miles west of Lake Austin in Victoria, Texas, and finally Ellington Field (EFD) located around 68 miles northeast of Lake Austin in Houston, Texas.

Lake Austin Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Stewart Beach ParkGalvestonTX69.6 mi.
Six Flags AstroWorldHoustonTX71.8 mi.
Water Parks
SplashTown WaterparkSpringTX91.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Rio Colorado Golf CourseBay CityTX16.3 mi.
Old Ocean Recreation ClubOld OceanTX19.4 mi.
Palacios Golf ClubPalaciosTX26.0 mi.
Freeport Municipal Golf CourseFreeportTX28.9 mi.
Fort Bend Museum AssociationRichmondTX54.5 mi.(History)
George Ranch Historical ParkRichmondTX54.5 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Rainforest at Moody GardensGalvestonTX69.6 mi.
Houston Zoological GardensHoustonTX71.8 mi.
The Texas ZooVictoriaTX73.3 mi.
Texas State AquariumCorpus ChristiTX119.2 mi.

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