Inks Lake drawdown begins next week

The Lower Colorado River Authority will begin lowering Inks Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 2, for a six-week drawdown to allow lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls and other shoreline property. The drawdown also will aid in curbing the growth of nuisance aquatic vegetation.

LCRA will lower the lake about 8 feet.

The lake will be lowered about 2 feet a day from Jan. 2 through Jan. 5. The refill will begin about Feb. 10, and will be completed by Feb. 13.

A permit is not required for dock repairs on Inks Lake during the drawdown, but all work must comply with LCRA’s Safety Standards for Residential Docks on the Highland Lakes. Maintenance, dredging, debris removal and repair work on existing retaining walls during the drawdown can be performed under LCRA’s permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but the work must be registered with LCRA before it begins. Registration forms are available:

  • Online at
  • By calling LCRA Water Quality Protection at 512-578-2324.
  • In person at the LCRA Western Maintenance Facility, 2643 Wirtz Dam Road, Marble Falls, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Burning debris in the lakebed is not allowed.

For more information on work allowed on Inks Lake during the drawdown, visit or contact LCRA Water Quality Protection at 512-578-2324.

About LCRA
​The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40​ parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit

Source: LCRA Business News

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