Austin's Lady Bird Lake

Real Estate Broker/Owner with E-Rae Realty 651873

Lady Bird Lake or Town Lake as it was formerly known, is a dammed portion of the Colorado river situated just south of downtown Austin.  Currently the lake and it’s surrounding hike and bike trails serve as an attraction for locals and visitors alike. However, Lady Bird Lake was not always as beautiful as it is now. 


The lake was created in 1960 as a cooling pond for the adjacent Holly Power Plant.  In its early days, Town Lake, as it was known at the time, was an eye-sore.  In the early seventies, the Mayor of Austin, Roy Butler, established the Town Lake Beautification Committee.  Lady Bird Johnson was appointed the honorary chairman of this committee.  In this role, she led the planting of hundreds of plants and trees and the establishment of the hike and bike trails around the lake. 


When Lady Bird Johnson died in 2007, Town Lake formally changed its name to Lady Bird Lake in her honor.  If you’re visiting Austin, I highly recommend you take a visit to Lady Bird Lake. While you are not permitted to swim in Lady Bird Lake, you can use non-motorized water boats.  As a kid, I remember renting a pedal boat for an afternoon on Town Lake, but now stand up paddle boarding is by far the most popular recreational activity on Lady Bird Lake.


If you don’t want to be on the lake, you can take advantage of the trails surrounding Lady Bird Lake.  A ten-mile loop offers the perfect landscape for one to explore Austin by bike, or if you feel like walking or running you can make a shorter loop.  

Posted by
Erika Rae Albert 
Broker, Realtor®, GRI
108 Wild Basin Road South Suite 250
Austin, TX 78746
t: 512-779-7597
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Comments (5)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great localism post.  It is another one of those things that makes Austin another attractive place to live.  A

Jan 23, 2018 10:16 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Erika Albert - I can see myself riding alongside the lake and enjoying the view!

Jan 23, 2018 10:30 AM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good afternoon Erika Albert 

Thank you for sharing your information

Have a great day.

Jan 23, 2018 11:10 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Erika, I stayed in Austin many years ago at the Four Seasons and the picture you have is what was almost identical view that I had from my room, Endre

Jan 23, 2018 10:46 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Erika, excellent localism blogpost! And a great nod to Lady Bird who did her part to change the world for the better.

Fishhawk Lake, my niche market area is also a nonmotorized lake, and paddleboards are so popular, but pedal boats are great for the kids, very sturdy and use up all of the extra energy they need to expend! 

Jan 24, 2018 08:28 AM