As of April 1, 2014, thanks to the Texas drought, Lake Travis is down over 53 feet!!!! Which means the boat ramps are closed and several business (like Carlos & Charlies Restaurant) are closed. If you can get into or on the water, there is still plenty of water for boating, fishing, and other water related activities. Lake Travis is northwest of Austin and is the second lake in the Chain Highland Lakes which stair-step up the Colorado River from Austin. Travis is 63 miles long with 270 miles of shoreline, has a maximum width of 4.5 miles, a maximum depth of 210 feet, and an average depth of 62 feet. Lake Travis was created by the impounding of the Colorado River from the construction of Mansfield Dam in 1937 to 1941. The dam is 266.41 feet high, 7,089 feet long, and 213 feet thick. It has 3 Pen Stocks which divert water to 3 turbines with a total electrical generating capacity of 93,000 kw. The shoreline is fairly well developed with very large and expensive homes, yet there are plenty of places to beach or anchor for swimming or fishing. The water is very clear and emerald green. There are some huge and fast boats and lots of jet skis and other boats, so the lake can get rough on weekends. Lake Travis consistently has a problem with low lake levels - in August 2013, the lake was 59 feet below normal - but there is still plenty of water. Check with the marinas and ramps to make sure they are open.