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Texas Hill Country Lake Levels


Constant Level Lakes in Texas Hill Country

With changes in weather from year to year, it is important to consider lake levels when deciding to purchase property on or overlooking a lake in the Texas Hill Country.

What are the constant level lakes in Texas?

According to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) which is responsible for the Highland Lakes (Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, Lake Austin),

“All of the lakes fluctuate in elevation – especially lakes Travis and Buchanan, which are LCRA’s water-supply reservoirs”. 

For those lakes managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, lake levels fluctuate because the lakes are used to control flooding and provide water to nearby areas.

The chart below was created from information taken from the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. 

Hill Country Lakes

Canyon Lake, Texas

For those lakes near Austin and San Antonio, Canyon Lake bodes well as it concerns water level fluctuations.  Canyon Lake has moderate fluctuation compared to nearby Lake Travis that fluctuates from 10 to 20 feet yearly and Lake Medina that fluctuates up to 40 feet yearly.  As of April 18, 2011 according to the Texas Water Development Board,

  • Canyon Lake water level was down only 2.69 feet
  • Lake Travis was down 20.57 feet 
  • Lake Medina down 20.97 feet  

However, further north of Austin and some distance from San Antonio, Lake LBJ came closer to being a constant level lake with its water level down only .36 feet.

For the most current Canyon Lake water level, click here.  

This research indicates that Canyon Lake is well worth a visit when deciding on where to build your lake or retirement home in the Texas Hill Country. We invite you to visit Las Brisas and First Mountain, two premier gated communities on Canyon Lake.  If you would like to receive our Land Map Kit with a full size map of the Canyon Lake area, click here.


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