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The History of Lake LBJ

Lake LBJ is a part of the Colorado river that is dammed to create a reservoir located in the Texas Hill Country, near the town of Marble Falls. Its history dates back to the mid-20th century when it was created as part of a major water management project in Texas. Here's a brief overview of the history of the beautiful Lake LBJ:

Why the Colorado river needed to be dammed

In response to the devastating floods that occurred along the Colorado River in Texas in the 1930s and early 1940s, the U.S. Congress authorized the construction of several dams and reservoirs along the Colorado River to control flooding and provide a stable water supply for the region. This act was The Flood Control Act of 1944.


The construction of the Granite Shoals Dam, later renamed the Wirtz Dam, began in 1949 and was completed in 1951. The dam is located on the Colorado River near the town of Granite Shoals, just upstream from Marble Falls. With the completion of the Wirtz Dam, a large reservoir now known as Lake LBJ was created. The lake stretches approximately 21 miles, covering an area of about 6,500 acres, and has a maximum depth of around 90 feet.


Lake LBJ is named after Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, who was instrumental in securing funding for the Central Texas Water Development Board during his time as a U.S. Senator. He played a key role in getting the necessary federal funds for the construction of the reservoirs, including Lake LBJ.

Recreational Use

Since its creation, Lake LBJ has become a popular destination for recreational activities such as boating, fishing, water skiing, and swimming. The lake's clear waters and scenic surroundings in the Texas Hill Country attract visitors and residents alike.

Lake LBJ remains an essential water resource for the region and continues to be cherished as a recreational spot by locals and tourists alike, preserving its place in the history of Marble Falls and the Texas Hill Country.

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