Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake
4.5
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Visitors can rent canoes or rowboats along this part of Lake Austin that flows five miles through the heart of downtown Austin.
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TennisStar602
New Jersey659 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The walk along this lake was very scenic with great views of the downtown buildings and of the Capitol Building. It was a mostly dirt road. It could be buggy, and it was a great place to view the bats when they came out of the bridge at night.
Written 29 March 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,73,117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake) is located just to the south of downtown Austin. The lake is named after the Former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007). This reservoir was created in 1960 by damming up the Colorado River just east of I-35. Today what you find is a 168 hectare body of water that is mostly shaped after the directional flow of the Colorado River as well as a section of Barton Springs, snaking its way south of downtown until you reach the dam.

The lake is a very popular recreational spot and the many parks surrounding its shores providing important Green Lungs for the city. There is an easy to follow 10 mile circular route called the Ann and Roy Butler Trail that encircles the lake from MoPac (west) to Pleasant Valley Road (east) as well as a handful of designated parks to enjoy along its shores.

You'll find nice forested areas with mature trees, good birdlife, active fish that you can spot fairly easily in the lakes clear waters. The wild flowers around the lake in spring are nice to see as well. Kayakers and paddlers use the stretch of Barton Springs while canoes, rowboats and larger vessels take to the larger waters of the Colorado. There are plenty of dog walkers, walkers, joggers and bikers making use of the trail around the lake. Miles of recreational space to enjoy on the lake waters and around its shores all just a few minutes from downtown.
Written 15 May 2023
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PAandAZ
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Used at all times of the day by kayakers and paddle boarders and a few other boats, this lake is a dream. No swimming allowed, tho
Written 21 April 2023
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AlizaIsrael_11
Rehovot, Israel67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I went with my brother on a weekday for breakfast. Lots of amazing birds and ducks. We enjoyed the quiet and the closeness to nature in the midst of a big city.
Written 1 March 2023
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Rodney Rodriguez
Houston, TX26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
A gorgeous place for taking amazing pictures and to relax. Spectacular view from the bridge and lots of things to see and do.
Written 2 July 2022
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tamjan
Port Elizabeth, South Africa3,371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Very peaceful and serene! lots of wildlife- bunnies, squirrels, ducks, turtles, doves, lots of birds such as native cardinals and Blue Jay.
Written 20 May 2021
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Pete
Austin, TX8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Let’s cut to the chase on this quickly. There are two aspects to what is now called “Ladybird Lake”. One is the surrounding parks and trails. These are very nice unless you’re a runner. They are heavily trafficked with random walkers, drunks, and any number of obstacles to a steady safe pace. So go real early! The views are lovely. That’s s a plus. But don’t go on the water! It’s very dirty, since the storm sewers drain the city streets. It’s the color of strong coffee, fortunately it doesn’t stink, but if you fall into it, you’re going to need a shower and fresh clothes pretty soon. I don’t think the legions of paddlers and kayakers realize this. The western end is known to have a poisonous algae that has killed numerous dogs that have played in the water during the warm season. If you want to get wet, go to Lake Austin, which is to the west and much cleaner and cooler.
Written 1 December 2020
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JulieAG
Houston, TX106 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
We were shocked to see the Tent City That has popped up along Town Lake. We were disheartened to walk the streets only to walk over sleeping or watch urinating street people. Our tourist dollars will not be spent in the city any longer unless we learn downtown has been cleaned up and the homeless have been provided suffice shelter.
Written 5 October 2020
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1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
I go to this Lake every time I come home to visit my family. Originally named “Town Lake” because it’s in town. Hopefully some day they will change the name back. Beautiful and overall fun if you like doing things outside. I have been to Town Lake by myself and with family.
Written 3 September 2020
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mr_larry_smith
Austin, TX1,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
When in Austin Town Lake is a beautiful place to spend some time. Whether you are boating, walking, paddle boarding, eating lakeside, walking, or just enjoying the beauty; this is a great place.
Written 9 August 2020
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