We drove up to an overlook site to see the top of the dam. In 1937 construction began on the then Marshall Ford Dam across the Colorado River in Texas. The 278′ tall dam was completed in 1941, was renamed the Mansfield Dam in honor of a local member of Congress. The dam created Lake Travis northwest of Austin.
Lake Travis has 30 square miles of surface water that winds through the former canyons of the large watershed area of the Colorado River. The lake is as you would expect a center of recreational activities.