Created by the construction of Wirtz Dam, the lake is about 21 miles long. The dam and lake originally were called Granite Shoals and the lake was renamed in 1965 for an advocate of LCRA, President Lyndon B. Johnson. It is a very popular boating and recreational lake and offers many opportunities for second homes, vacation homes, retirement homes, and full-time residences.
The lake is less than 1 hour from Austin and about 2 hours to San Antonio.
Communities on the lake include: Horseshoe Bay, Sunrise Beach, Blue Lake, Kingsland, Highland Haven, and Granite Shoals.
There are 2 public boat ramps.
Wirtz Dam/Cottonwood Ramp Located on the south shore near the dam. From Marble Falls, take FM 2147 to sign on right. One-lane concrete ramp, parking for 20-30 boats and trailers. Boat launch fee required. Open all year operated by Lake LBJ Yacht Club and Marina. (830) 693-9172
Kingsland Lions Park Ramp Located on the Llano River arm, north side of the lake. From Marble Falls, take FM 1431 west to Kingsland and turn left on RR 2900. One-lane concrete ramp. Boat launch fee requested. Open all year; day use only. Operated by Kingsland Chamber of Commerce. (325) 388-6211
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For information about parks on Lake LBJ, see a map of parks and preserves.
Lake elevation when full: 825 feet above mean sea level (msl)
Historic high: 836.2 feet above msl on Sept. 11, 1952
Historic low: 793.8 feet above msl on Nov. 16, 1970
Normal operating range: 824.4 feet to 825 feet above msl
The Lower Colorado River Authority was created in 1934 by the Texas Legislature as a conservation and reclamation district. It operates on utility revenues and fees generated from supplying energy, water, and community services. LCRA supplies low-cost electricity for Central Texas, manages water supplies and floods in the lower Colorado River basin, develops water and wastewater utilities, provides public parks, and supports community and economic development including managing the Highland Lakes. The Highland Lakes chain consists of 7 lakes starting at Lake Buchanan (followed by Inks Lake, then Lake LBJ, then Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, then Lake Austin and culminating in Lady Bird Johnson Lake in Austin.