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Lake LBJ Update after the Flood


Lake LBJ Flood Debris

As many of you know the LCRA finally opened Lake LBJ back up to recreational boating last weekend. Today I finally got the chance to drive out to Marble Falls and see what the lake was like and see how the condition are. Sadly I must say the lake took a beating... I do think it will recover a lot quicker than I imagined, but it isn't its former self.

Lake LBJ Flood Debris

Lake LBJ Flood Debris Boat

In my professional opinion I would classify the water as "doo doo brown". The water looks like mud, I have never seen it so stained. There are also hazards all over the lake. I mean it, keep your eyes glued to the water line and I seriously wouldn't recommend running fast on that lake at night. There are full size trees in areas of the lake that used to be perfectly safe. Any of the shallow hazard areas have logs and timber washed up. What was scariest was a point in about 20 feet of water with a large tree stuck to the bottom that would be super easy to run into if you weren't paying attention.

Lake LBJ Flood Debris

There were docks washed up in places they don't belong. I even found a sunken speed boat still in the water with its bow sticking up. There is also plenty of tiny floating debris in the water... it wouldn't pose much of an issue to your hull, but keep in mind sucking it up your lower water pick up on your outboard engine.

Lake LBJ Flood Debris

There are some goods and bads though... some areas of grass are just fine. A few I checked on had plenty of grass and should recover well. Other areas I know of seemed to be washed away and may take a little more time to regrow next spring. Another thing I noticed, which I could be mistaken, but there was an area of the lake in a hazard area which I am very familiar with. I ran aground and hit my lower unit skeg on the bottom there. I realize its shallow there but I have never done that before and I was driving right over a way point. I think the sediment built up there another foot or two.

Lake LBJ Flood Debris

I never ran further than Applehead Island, so I can not speak for the upper end, but I have heard its even worse. If you have fished up that way let me know how you did