After almost reaching a 50-year low during the 2013 drought, houseboating hotspot Lake Travis, Texas, has had a change of pace. According to Trade Only Today, water levels are now so high that the Lower Colorado River Authority closed the lake to recreational boating this Monday, “because of increased hazards due to submerged items and because of the detrimental effect wave and wake traffic has on property,” River Authority Executive Vice President John Hofman told local CBS affiliate KEYE TV.
“Everyone thought it was hurting it when it was low — this, it hurts it a lot more when they have to close it down,” Paradise Cove Marina dockhand Carter Faubus reportedly said. Faubus added that although the ban could lead to the refunding or rescheduling of pre-booked rentals for this weekend, it was worth it to be on the safe side.
“We want people to get out here and have a good time, but safety is the biggest concern,” Faubus said. What’s laying below—trees and even vehicles—pose a serious threat to people on the water.”
Lake Travis is now at an impressive 121% capacity.
You can check out KEYE TV’s video clip of boaters taking advantage of one last day on the water before the ban took place here.
Photo credited to John Edwards / KEYE TV