Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts will love Austin’s Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake). No gas-powder motor watercraft are allowed, making this a peaceful and safe environment. The shores of this 416 acre lake are tree-lined with many shaded hiking and biking trails. The Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, which is famous for its bat population, crosses the lake.
The Colorado River runs through the city of Austin, providing a great water resource. The man-made lake was formed in 1960 when Longhorn Dam was built on the river, trapping the water between the new dam and the already existing Tom Miller Dam. The resulting reservoir is an ideal spot for non-motorized boating.
Originally called Town Lake, the reservoir was renamed…