Lake LBJ


LCRA will lower Inks, LBJ lakes in January

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The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower Lake LBJ and Inks Lake for eight weeks with the drawdown expected to take place Jan. 2 through Feb. 28, 2020. Inks Lake, above, was last lowered in 2018, while Lake LBJ was lowered earlier this year due to the October 2018 Highland Lakes flood.





By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

For the past several months, property owners around Lake LBJ and Inks Lake as well as Burnet County officials had been asking the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) for assistance so they could complete repairs to docks, retaining walls and other structures damaged by the October 2018 flood.

LCRA officials heard their requests and announced Tuesday, Nov. 19, they will lower the two lakes for eight weeks, with the drawdown expected to take place Jan. 2-Feb. 28, 2020.

“LCRA normally doesn’t lower the same lake two years in a row, but we are making an exception after hearing from local officials and residents about needed repairs and maintenance resulting from the historic flooding last year,” said John Hofmann, LCRA executive vice president of water.


Body found on Lake LBJ identified as missing Junction flood victim

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A body found near Circle Drive near Kingsland on Lake LBJ during Tuesday's flooding has been identified as a woman who went missing in Llano River flooding in Junction nearly three weeks ago.

The Travis County Medical Examiner has identifed the body as being that of Charlotte Moye, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Department, which issued a press release Saturday, Oct. 20.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call to the Lake LBJ waterfront in the 700 block of Circle Drive at 11:58 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The complainant believed he had located a body that had washed ashore during flooding on Lake LBJ.

Patrol deputies arrived and called investigators to the scene. The victim was pronounced deceased by Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Roxanne Nelson and an autopsy was ordered. The body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and an autopsy.


Deputies investigating July 4 Lake LBJ drowning

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The body of a 38-year-old white male from Austin was recovered Wednesday, July 4, from the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ in Kingsland after the man apparently drowned trying to swim across the lake.

Llano County Sheriff's Chief Deputy John Neff said his department received a 911 call about a missing swimmer at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies responded to the scene and requested assistance from Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens.

Neff said four individuals had decided to swim from one side of the lake to the other near the Ranch to Market Road 2900 in Kingsland. One of the swimmers apparently turned back while the other three continued to swim across the channel.


Lake LBJ drowning under investigation

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers


A Labor Day weekend drowning is under investigation by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD).


The identity of victim of the incident Saturday, Sept. 3, is confirmed as 19-year-old Dominiq Amir Castillo Porterfield.


News outlets have published varying accounts of the event, but TPWD will say only “the investigation is still on going as to cause of death and other details."


“The call came in to the Llano County Sheriff's Department at 3:20 p.m.,” according to LCSO Chief Deputy John Neff. “The boaters were not sure where they were on the lake.”



Drowning victim's body recovered from Lake LBJ

The body of a man who drowned in Lake LBJ near Sunrise Beach Village was recovered Wednesday, Aug. 10, after a two-day search.

Authorities identified the victim as William Thorton Jr., 74, of Harlingen.

According to a statement released by Sunrise Beach Village Police Chief Laurie Brock, the Llano County Sheriff's Department received an emergency call at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 about a missing swimmer.

The caller reporter the male victim had gone swimming from a boat on Lake LBJ and encountered trouble in the water. The victim went under the water and did not resurface.

Sunrise Beach Village police and fire personnel responded to the scene at end of Beach Drive, where a search began for the victim. Joining SRB were personnel from the LCSO, Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife game wardens, Lake Colorado River Authority rangers and firefighters from Kingsland and Buchanan volunteer departments.

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