Lady Bird Lake ~The Austin Hub for Summertime fun!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

Lady Bird Lake is the center of all things Austin during the year but especially in the summertime. "Bat Watching" is a favorite pass time and excursions run non-stop each night with throngs of people lining Congress Avenue Bridge (Officially called the Ann W. Richard  Congress Bridge) in hopes of seeing swarms of bats flying out from under the arches of the bridge to forge for food. Bat season is from mid March to early November. Austin is the home of the largest urban bat colony in North America. Believe it or not the colony is estimated to be 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats.

Keep Austin Weird is a slogan associated with our city and bat watching falls under this category. That's okay, its one of many traditions we all like to indulge in and reminds us the eclectic city we are privileged to live in!

 In 1960  the City of Austin created a river like reservoir as a cooling pond for a new power plant. It was referred to as Town Lake ( I admit to still calling it Town Lake). it was then named Lady Bird Lake in honor of former First Lady of the United States, Lady Bird Johnson.

It's hard to believe the surface area of the lake is 416 acres. It is the easternmost lake of a chain of reservoirs on the Colorado River and is located in Texas. The chain is known as Highland Lakes, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis and Lake Austin.

The City of Austin considers Lady Bird Lake a major recreation  area. The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and Bike Trail surround the banks of the lake. Many businesses offer recreational watercraft services along the lakefront portion of the trail. There are no motorized boats allowed. Zilker Park, Austin's largest downtown park is adjacent to the lake and Barton Springs is a major attraction for swimmers and flows into the lake

 Everyone loves to spend time kayaking and paddle boarding, in groups or just by oneself reconnecting with mother nature.

 Just running the trail around Lady Bird Lake is invigorating and a must do to really experience the authentic Austin and all it has to offer. 

This is my first entry into the Active Rain July challenge of showing off our city and what they have to offer for summertime fun.  Thank you Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 for hosting.                          

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. Seeing bats swarm is much more interesting than most people think. Enjoy your day 

Jul 23, 2019 04:41 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dorie. I think I would skip the Bat run but the rest sounds wonderful tome.

Jul 23, 2019 04:44 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What a lovely place, Dorie. Lady Bird was one of my favorite First Ladies. Recently read a bio of her and she was quite an interesting figure... learned lots of things about her that I suspect most people don't know.

Jul 23, 2019 04:51 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR your Lady Bird Lake looks like a fun place.... but I'm not so sure about bat watching!!!

Jul 23, 2019 05:08 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Dorie - I enjoy your insights about Austin and especially when you write of "keeping it weird".  It works and I imagine quite effectively. 

Jul 23, 2019 06:01 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR -  that is a huge body of water.  There might be strength in numbers watching all of those bats come out.

Jul 23, 2019 06:58 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had heard of the bat watching, and 413 acres is amazing.  What I do know about Lady Bird is that she was a nature lover and naming the lake after her was appropriate.  A

Jul 23, 2019 07:09 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that looks like a great place to be for a nice evening in Austin.  I will have to experience how weird Austin is some time.

Jul 23, 2019 08:04 AM #8
Tony Morganti
RE/MAX Crossroads in Cuyahoga Falls and Stow, Ohio - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
CRS, ABR, SRES - Cuyahoga Falls, Stow

Hello Dorie - Wow, what an interesting post.  I was not aware of this area prior to reading your post.  Looks like a great spot for all kinds of activities and fun.  Thank you for sharing.

Jul 23, 2019 08:12 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Lady Bird Lake is indeed the center of summertime fun for the Austin area.

Jul 23, 2019 08:13 AM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie, Lady Bird Lake sounds like a great place to spend quality family time.

Jul 23, 2019 08:21 AM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are beautiful scenes of Lady Bird Lake, and your city of Austin, Dorie.

Jul 23, 2019 11:52 AM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Dorie, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Jul 23, 2019 11:54 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie- what a wonderful photo of the bridge!!!  I am very familiar with the area and can't wait to make a trip there soon. We've also spent many weekends on Lake Travis!!! Great entry. 

Jul 23, 2019 01:25 PM #14
Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR fabulous post. This would be a great post for the Summer Fun Contest!!

Jul 23, 2019 02:45 PM #15
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Dorie.

Some facts I did not know about.  Thanks for enlightening me

Jul 24, 2019 01:22 AM #16
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

A legacy of Leisure for one of our first ladies !

Jul 24, 2019 06:05 AM #17
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