Monday, January 14, 2008

From Lake Front to Creek Side in Less Than A Week

My first blog entry & it’s quite an event! Horseshoe Bay, built on the shores of beautiful Lake LBJ has a new look! The lake level is down five feet and what were once coves & canals are now dry beds and trickling creeks. My husband & I live on the open cove where Slick Rock Creek flows into the lake. You can see by the photos the change is dramatic! All of what looks like beach -- the areas without vegetation -- is normally under water. It took about three or four days to slowly draw down the water. The last time the lake was lowered was 2005. The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) says it will take about the same amount of time to refill. They chose now to avoid with the tropical storm season, the peak system recreational demand, & prime fish spawning, which begins in March.

My husband, Roy, Dutch our chubby chocolate Lab, & Dutch's skinny & beautiful girlfriend, Lady went out this weekend to check our waterfront lots. It was a beautiful weekend, about 67 degrees and bright sunshine. The first photo above is from our lot in Wilderness Cove. It's one of my favorite subdivisions on LBJ, private & gated, with estate sized lots & over 65 acres of green belt. We're in the final planning stages of building a spec house on lot #7. It won't be listed until it's further along, but I do have a virtual tour for it. Look at the difference from just a few months ago when the lake was full: Wilderness Cove #7 virtual tour. We ARE marketing lot #35 in Wilderness Cove. Find it & all my other listings on my real estate web site:

Photo #2 is from our lot on Applehead Island, virtual tour which is also in the MLS & on my web site. It's one of the few remaining open water lots on the Island. The final photo is a view from our dock, looking up the cove toward Quail Point. Quite a dramatic change from just over a week ago!

We’re very lucky on Lake LBJ: it’s one of the very few constant level lakes in the country. Because of Ferguson Power Plant, our lake levels don’t fluctuate more than twelve inches unless a planned event like this is scheduled. The plant is natural gas powered & cooled by the waters of the lake. In cool weather, jet skiers love the plant's warmer waters. Whether the rest of the Highland Lakes are dry or flooding, Lake LBJ is still within twelve inches of its normal level! Just another reason property values are so strong on our lake.

Since the 500 year event floods last spring & summer, the LCRA approved extending the already slated lake lowering from four to eight weeks. This will give residents time to repair & maintain docks & boat houses and allow for shoreline maintenance, debris cleanup and controlling nuisance plants. We did our major repair last summer, but plan to do some dredging under the boat house while we have the opportunity. If you’re planning on doing lake work, you’ll need to apply for a permit during the draw down. Be ready, however to remove any equipment quickly. If there’s an unexpected flood or more hydroelectric units need to be operated on the upper Highland Lakes, the lake will have to be refilled on short notice.


My good friend & fellow Keller Williams agent, Ray Gill reminded Roy & I to turn off our automatic lawn sprinkler system that siphons lake water! Good thing he did -- the intake is laying in the mud right now.

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