Lake Travis is the largest of seven artificial lakes known as the Highland Lakes near Austin in the Central Texas area. The lake runs between Mansfield Dam, on the edge of Austin, and Starcke Dam, near Marble Falls, along the Colorado River.
Because of its volume, Lake Travis serves as the primary flood control reservoir of the Highland Lake chain. Thus, the lake's level can vary dramatically, depending on the amount of rainfall in the Colorado River basin upstream.
Despite this, Lake Travis serves as one of the most desired locations for outdoor recreation, including fishing, boating, swimming, picnicing and camping.
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