Visitors and Tourist Guide for Lady Bird Lake, Texas

Lady Bird Lake, Austin , TX

formerly known as Town Lake in Austin, Texas

*Note: the ladybug on the logo is because the British call them ladybirds, go figure.

Lady Bird Johnson
"Lady Bird" Johnson

Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake) is in the city of Austin, Texas and named after Claudia Alta Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson (December 22, 1912 - July 11, 2007), who was First Lady of the United States (1963-69), as the wife of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, and was a lifelong advocate for beautifying the nation's cities and highways ("Where flowers bloom, so does hope") and the Highway Beautification Act was informally known as Lady Bird's Bill.  

Austin Skyline across Town Lake
Austin Skyline across Town Lake

Lady Bird Lake runs between Riverside Drive and 1st Street in the downtown area of Austin.  Interstate I-35 goes over Lady Bird Lake as you are driving through Austin.

Lady Bird Lake is 6 miles long and from 400 feet to 2,500 feet wide at it widest point and has an average depth of 14 feet.  Lady Bird Lake is just downstream from Lake Austin on the Colorado River. 

Lady Bird Lake is a placid lake and is a constant level lake, ideal for canoeing.  Swimming, motorized boats and jet skis are not allowed in Lady Bird Lake.

Canoeing on Lady Bird Lake

Canoeing on Lady Bird Lake

Tourists and local residents enjoy canoeing on Lady Bird Lake.

Hiking trail along Town Lake Trails along Lady Bird Lake

You can take a nice long walk along the lake or do a little jogging along the trails beside the lake.

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Town Lake in Downtown Austin, Texas
Lady Bird Lake is located between Riverside Drive and 1st Street in Austin.