Note: Updated on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 to reflect that the Fire Chief extended ban through noon, Thursday, June 16.
The City of Austin Fire Department has instituted a watercraft ban within the City limits effective 3 p.m. Monday, May 30, 2016 through noon Thursday, June 16.
Lady Bird Lake
Lake Austin from Oyster Landing to Tom Miller Dam remains closed
Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam
Lake Austin is open from Oyster Landing to Mansfield Dam for recreational and commercial use during daylight hours only.
Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, under authority of Austin City Code Section 8-5-21, declared the ban due to unsafe conditions created by recent heavy rains and flooding that will require floodgate operations upstream. Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) will be commencing floodgate operations at Mansfield Dam and will have a total of three flood gates open. Additional waters will enter City of Austin waterways from waters discharged at Mansfield Dam by the Lower Colorado River Authority.
The ban affects all commercial and navigational boating as well as recreational use of the waterways. Watercraft operating illegally in the Flood Ban Area are subject to impound.
Anyone wishing to secure property in the Flood Ban Area should contact Austin Police Headquarters at 715 E. 8th Street, Austin, TX during business hours. Proof of ownership or occupancy is required.
The City of Austin continues to monitor the situation and will provide updates as necessary.