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Austin waterway bans in effect

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by Katy McElroy

Due to the heavy rains in Austin this month, combined with floodgate operations on the Highland Lakes, Fire Chief Joel Baker has determined that several Austin waterways are experiencing flood conditions and are unsafe for recreational and commercial use. Effective noon yesterday, there is a ban on all commercial or navigational boating in and around the following lake areas:

  • Lady Bird Lake
  • Mansfield Dam downstream to Commons Ford Park
  • Walsh Boat Landing to Tom Miller Dam

The ban also extends to all commercial boating, with an exception of commercial boats over 40 feet, on Lake Austin between Walsh Boat Landing and the Loop 360 Bridge. Watercraft that are operated on areas within the ban zone could be impounded. The order will expire at noon on Friday, May 17.

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