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Lake Travis re-opens just in time for colder weather

Lake Travis is now re-open after a couple of months of bad weather and flooding kept the lake off-limits. The timing doesn't help lake business owners who are now heading into the slow colder months, but there's still some business to be made at the lake. (CBS Austin)

Lake Travis is now re-open after a couple of months of bad weather and flooding kept the lake off-limits. The timing doesn't help lake business owners who are now heading into the slow colder months, but there's still some business to be made at the lake.

After several weeks of rain followed by a few more weeks of actual flooding you are now clear to get out on Lake Travis if you can get to your boat. For some folks who like to keep their boats and jet skis out on the lake, their watercraft are there waiting for them... but access is limited.

We caught up with Paul Aitken surveying the area by drone. He wasn’t specifically looking for flood damage. He was surveying the docks while looking for a possible new site for his drone pilot training business, Drone U. But he did note, “Looking at all the different docks we found that even if you did want to come out here and rent a boat and have a boat, there was really no way to get to the boats. All the docks leading to the boats are underwater."

The lake reopening comes too late for some area businesses as we head into the colder months, but it's great news for those who fish year-round. Dale White and Mitch Shelton are two regulars at Lake Travis. They say they've been crowded into other smaller area lakes waiting for this one to reopen... and they weren't alone. White says, “All the other boats were there, too. There are bigger crowds on those lakes. So, yeah, it's nice to get back out here and hardly see anybody."

But they're willing to share. Shelton notes, “The lake's in really good shape. There's not any trash in the water. The water's nice and clear and clean. And the fish are biting."

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