When you’re planning to head out to the lake, there is no bigger surprise than finding out when you get there that the lake is much higher or lower than expected. Some times the lake level can be so extreme that boat ramps, campgrounds, parking lots and other facilities are rendered completely useless. With the wild fluctuations in weather this year, we have been getting a lot of questions about lake levels lately across Texas. Here is our comprehensive update for June of 2022.
What are current lake levels in Texas?
Despite a fairly dry spring season across the state, most lakes are doing pretty well. There are a few exceptions such as Lake Travis, Lake Fork and Falcon Lake, but for the most part the lakes that were lower than usual filled up in time for the summer boating season.
Central Texas Lake Levels
Lake Travis Water Level
The water level at Lake Travis is down by over 20 feet. Being downstream of Lake LBJ, Lake Travis experiences wild fluctuations of lake level, and this year is no different.
Is Lake Austin constant level?
Yes, Lake Austin is a constant level lake due to it’s metro position in the chain of Highland Lakes.
Why is Lake LBJ a constant level lake?
Lake LBJ is a constant level lake for dependability. Since the Highland Lakes are a chain of various-sized lakes along the Colorado River in Central Texas, some lakes such as Lake LBJ and Lake Austin were made to be constant level for consistencies in planning, real estate and recreation. Conversely, as the river flows more or less, the other Highland Lakes such as Lake Travis fluctuate extremely in order to make up for the constant level lakes.
Is Canyon Lake a constant level lake?
No, Canyon Lake is not a constant level lake.
North Texas Lake Levels
What’s the lake level at Ray Roberts?
Lake Ray Roberts’ water level is right at full pool, and access shouldn’t be a problem.
Lake Texoma Water Level
Lake Texoma’s water level is looking great, slightly above full pool just in time for summer.
Bois d’Arc Lake Level
Bois d’Arc Lake is already 41% full, after being officially impounded last year in 2021. This newest lake in North Texas should be ready to be fully enjoyed before you know it!
East Texas Lake Levels
Lake Fork Water Level
Lake Fork’s water level is still down 5-6 feet, which has been the case for months. Many boat ramps are still out of service, and boating has been more treacherous than normal due to exposed trees. It’s been tough all year on the water at Lake Fork.
Cedar Creek Lake Level
Cedar Creek Lake’s water level is down 2 feet, but there shouldn’t be much impact on the lake’s access or usability, as it’s still 90% full.
Cypress Springs Lake Level
Lake Cypress Springs’ water level is down 1.5 feet, which is low for this lake, but won’t likely impact your trip.
Other Texas Lake Level Questions
Which lakes in Texas are constant level?
There are only a couple of lakes in Texas that are known to be “constant level” lakes: Lake Lyndon B. Johnson (Lake LBJ) and Lake Austin both in and around Austin, and Lake Livingston outside of Houston. Lake Cypress Springs in East Texas is also typically constant level, as it’s just upstream from Lake Bob Sandlin.
What is the deepest reservoir in Texas?
Lake Travis is the deepest reservoir in Texas, with a 210 foot max depth thanks to the dynamic terrain of the Texas Hill Country.