LCRA says Lake Travis rose 4 feet after recent rains
You don't have to look very hard to find a breathtaking view of Lake Travis.
Unfortunately the view is a little shocking as well these days.
Jenny Estes and her family have boated Lake Travis for at least 30 years and she says the lake levels are lower than she's ever seen them.
"Every time we come on the lake, we usually are bringing friends, I'm saying...'I'm so sad by how this looks, this is not the Lake Travis that I want to see," she said.
But believe it or not, the lake is in much better shape than it was a month ago.
The LCRA says thanks to rains we got over Memorial Day weekend and just a couple of weeks ago, the water rose a little more than 4 feet. Lake Travis is now 39% full. They say the last time it was this full was in April of last year.
Nikita Fallon says she's actually noticed the improvement.
"Well it's a little bit higher, you can tell the difference between this time last summer and now. Especially at the end of last summer, it's a little bit higher because I guess all that rain that came through but it's nice to see it not as depressing than the time you came before," Fallon said.
During this drought, most marinas have had to literally pick up and move back a little.
The manager of Marshall Ford Marina didn't want to do an on-camera interview but he says if it weren't for the recent rains, they would soon have to move his boats back once again...making that long walk from the marina to your boat...even longer.
Estes says even though she can't tell the lake is on the mend just by looking, she's glad to know that it is.
"Absolutely, any little drop will make a difference, we're happy to have it. We just are really hoping for some sort of tropical depression to kind of land right on top of us and get it back to where it's supposed to be," Estes said.
The LCRA says the drought is not over.
Lake Travis is still about 40 feet below the June average.