Lake LBJ Information
Originally called Lake Granite Shoals, the reservoir was formed in 1950 by the construction of Granite Shoals Dam by the Lower Colorado River Authority. The lake was renamed to Lake Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 in honor of US President Lyndon Baines Johnson. President Johnson and Mrs. Johnson owned a ranch on the lake where they entertained national and foreign dignitaries during his vice presidency and presidency.
Lake LBJ is one of seven fresh water reservoirs that make up Highland Lakes formed by several dams on the Colorado River. This portion of the river winds southeast from its headwaters near the border of Texas and New Mexico to Matagorda Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The dams provide flood control and are used to generate hydroelectric power and recreational opportunities.
While the Lower Colorado River Authority is not required to maintain a constant level at Lake LBJ the level rarely varies by more than a foot so it is considered by many as a "constant level" lake. The constant level and location a short drive from Austin make it a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts and weekend vacation homeowners.
The towns of Marble Falls, Granite Shoals, Kingsland, Horseshoe Bay, Highland Haven, and Sunrise Beach surround the lake offering plenty of restaurants, shopping and community events around the area. Homes in the area range from $100,000 to $1,000,000+ and vacation rentals start as low as $65/night.