In 1960, with the construction of Longhorn Dam, Lady Bird Lake was born. Formerly Town Lake, Lady Bird Lake was renamed, in 2007, to honor former First Lady Claudia Johnson. Lady Bird Johnson was committed to the beautification of the lake and the surrounding walking trails. The lake spans more than five miles and serves as a dividing line for what locals commonly consider the north and south sides of Austin. Used for flood control, the lake is kept at a constant level making it a hot spot for recreational water activities. Along the shores, you’ll find several spots to drop-in your canoe, paddle board, kayak, or small-engine boats. If you don’t have your own, you can still enjoy the lake, non-motorized rentals are available from multiple locations on the lake.
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