What You Should Know About the Highland Lakes, Flood Zones
and Flood Insurance Before You Buy.

Be an informed buyer and hire a local Realtor with knowledge

about the local market, and the area lakes.

 

Lake LBJ

 

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Fill-Area - Many Highland Lake Area lakefront properties have "Fill-Area."  If the seller does not own the fill area, or if the title was not transferred by a warranty deed, this may affect your ability to obtain a mortgage loan on a property or cost you money when you resell the property.

Septic Systems - Some homes in the Highland Lakes Area may be on a septic system.  These systems require a sales inspection as well as licensing. 

Short-Term Rentals - Many properties on the lake have ordinances or restrictions prohibiting short-term rentals.  

Pass-Through Lakes - Lakes LBJ, Inks and Marble Falls are all pass-through lakes.  These lakes maintain a relatively constant level, except during flooding events.  Some parts of the lakes are more prone to flooding than others.

Lake LBJ

 

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Lake LBJ - Primary purpose is to provide additional hydroelectric power.  Lake LBJ provides the cooling water for LCRA's Thomas C. FergusonPower Plant.  Lake LBJ is a pass-through lake. Therefore it maintains a relatively constant level, except of course in times of flooding.

 

Inks Lake

 

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Inks Lake - Inks Lake provides flood control in tandem with Lake Buchanan.  Being a pass-through lake, the level of Inks is relatively constant, except of course during times of flooding.  Inks Lake State Park encompasses the east shore of the lake.

Lake Marble Falls

 

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Lake Marble Falls - Located on the Colorado River, near the city of Marble Falls.  Lake Marble Falls is also a pass-through lake, allowing for relatively constant lake levels.  As well as being a beautiful lake for boating and fishing, Lake Marble Falls host the Lake Fest Drag Boat Races every August.

 

Flood Control and Reservoirs - Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis are primarily for water storage or flood control; therefore the lake levels fluctuate considerably during a time of drought.  

The most recent drought started in 2010 and ended in mid-2015 the videos below show the effects on Lakes Travis and Lake Buchanan during and after the drought.

Video of Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan December 2013

LCRA Videl of Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan, March 22, 2016

  

Lake Buchanan

 

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Lake Buchanan - Buchanan Dam and Lake Buchanan's primary purposes are for producing hydroelectricity and water storage.  Lake Levels in reservoirs, such as Lake Buchanan fluctuate considerably during times of drought. 

 

Lake Travis

 

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Lake Travis - Lake Travis is also a used for water storage.  Mansfield Dam, which forms Lake Travis was also built to hold back floodwaters. Severe floods in 1938 caused millions of dollars in damage.  Since its completion in 1943 Mansfield Dam has protected downstream residents from severe flooding.

 

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