Lake LBJ

Fri
16
Aug

Kingsland MUD crews mend flood-damaged wastewater lines

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Crews installed more than 600 feet of new wastewater lines Aug. 14 under the water at the Ranch Road 1431 Bridge in Kingsland. The community's municipal utility district discovered a crack in the pipeline along with a large piece of concrete on the lines; blamed on settling debris from the October flood.

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

As authorities closed a portion of Lake LBJ at the 1431 Bridge Aug. 14, Kingsland Municipal Utility District crews installed several hundred feet of new wastewater line which was pummeled by debris and buried under at least 8 feet of sand during the October flood.

“We were doing an emergency wastewater line replacement,” said Anita LaBier, general manager of Kingsland Municipal Utility District (KMUD). “We've had a couple of issues.”

Fri
16
Aug

Granite Shoals council rejects resident boat launch fees

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A majority of Granite Shoals City Council members balked Tuesday night at the idea of charging residents a fee to launch their boats from city-owned boat ramps.

The council instead directed City Manager Jeff Looney to redraft a proposed ordinance to remove any reference to charging residents boat launch fees and to make several “technical corrections” before bringing the ordinance back to the council in a “simpler” form for passage at their Aug. 27 meeting.

Fri
12
Jul

Granite Shoals drafting boat launch fee ordinance

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Boaters wanting to access Lake LBJ from Granite Shoals public boat ramps may face fees in the future if the council approves a new policy.

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The City of Granite Shoals is considering the implementation of a boat launching fee, assessed to both residents and visitors, to counter rising costs of ramp maintenance.

Fri
12
Jul

Woman wearing lifejacket found dead in Lake LBJ

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Authorities recovered a body in the water in Kingsland just off FM 1431 bridge near the confluence of Lake LBJ. A train bridge (seen here in this photo) can be viewed from the crossing.

 

 

 

Special to the Highlander

Texas Parks and Wildlife investigators are waiting for the autopsy results of a woman found unresponsive July 11 on Lake LBJ in Kingsland. Authorities believe the death may be related to a jet ski accident, according to a press release.

Tue
18
Jun

Texas Bass Couples love Lake LBJ and Lake Buchanan June 15 tournament

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Texas Bass Couples Southeast Region held the final regional tournament of their 2019 season on Saturday, June 15 on Lake LBJ. The next to the last tournament was held on Lake Buchanan. Members of the group said they enjoy their time in the Highland Lakes' fishing destination.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

Members of the Texas Bass Couples Southeast Region completed the final regional tournament of the season on Saturday, June 15 at Lake LBJ.

Fri
03
May

MFISD STEAM Academy students build 2900 Bridge models for Kingsland

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
STEAM Academy student William Eppler prepares his group's presentation board for an ambitious cantilever bridge to replace the 2900 Bridge that washed away in October 2018.

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

When the RM 2900 Bridge in Kingsland washed away on Oct. 16, 2018, teachers at the Marble Falls STEAM Academy found inspiration for a real-world assignment that hit close to home.

Fri
12
Apr

Kayaker treks Colorado River, Highland Lakes on Gulf excursion

Nathan Hendrix/The Highlander
Ethan West, at just 22 years old, embarked recently on a kayaking adventure from near the headwaters of the Llano River to the Gulf Coast. The Highlander caught up to him April 10 at the LBJ Yacht Club and Marina on Lake LBJ as he started to make a transition onto Lake Marble Falls.

 

 

 

 

By Nathan Hendrix
Staff Writer

The spirit of adventure can motivate people to do extraordinary things. For Ethan West, it was his motivation to kayak to the Gulf of Mexico.

Tue
26
Mar

Fire destroys $1.3 million home on Lake LBJ

Contributed/Granite Shoals Police Department
Granite Shoals Fire Rescue douse a blaze at lakeside home March 24, which may have originated from a back deck barbecue, according to investigators.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Granite Shoals Firefighters kept a fire at bay which destroyed a $1.3 million lakeside home and threatened at least two other residences on Lake LBJ, investigators reported.

Fri
15
Mar

Lake Marble Falls refill starts Monday, March 18

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander

The refill of Lake Marble Falls is scheduled to begin on March 18 and conclude by the end of the day on March 21.

LCRA temporarily lowered lakes LBJ and Marble Falls in December to assist lakeside property owners in recovering from recent historic flooding along the Colorado and Llano rivers. The drawdown made it easier for residents to remove debris, dredge and maintain or repair docks, retaining walls and other infrastructure.

Unforeseen circumstances such as floods or extended power emergencies could prompt LCRA to change or cancel the drawdowns. Equipment and tools should not be left in the lake unattended and should be removed from the lakebed when not in use.

Fri
01
Mar

Bridge crews expand work as Lake LBJ drawdown ends

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Following the refill of Lake LBJ to normal operating levels Feb. 27, the Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge construction will advance at a quicker pace due to the Texas Department of Transportation contractors ability to utilize additional barges for construction of the span, scheduled to be complete at the end of April.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Contractors with the Texas Department of Transportation have picked up the pace in construction of the Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge as the Lake LBJ refill was completed on Feb. 27.

The eight-week, 4 ft. drawdown assisted lakeside property owners with construction, maintenance, dredging and repairs in the wake of the October flood event.

“Our barges and cranes need the additional water to operate,” TXDOT's Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy said in a statement.

TXDOT is also partnering with the Lower Colorado River Authority to remove debris and damaged pieces of the bridge, which was swept away in the flood.

Although the lake will be re-opened to boat traffic, recreationists are asked to pay attention to an interim navigation protocol.

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