LCRA will be repositioning some of the buoys on Lake Buchanan to help improve overall safety and minimize confusion for night boaters. Input from boaters who frequently use the lake at night helped LCRA with the marker repositioning project.
LCRA Water Surface Management staff will place a lighted and numbered marker at each lake/river mile. They also will reposition markers placed near Garrett Island to assist boaters in navigating around the island.
“The ultimate purpose for having buoys is to help the public be safe on the water,” said Nathan Bressie, LCRA Water Surface Management specialist. “And we used input from the public in this repositioning project to help provide boaters with the information they need to do that.”
The previous marker system had lighted buoys on both sides of the river channel. The repositioning will make Lake Buchanan buoys similar to the Lake Travis channel marker system. Emergency responders frequently locate accident victims or people requesting medical assistance by using the mile markers to help pinpoint the location of the people who need help.
LCRA will make the marker changes in February, and LCRA will continue to maintain all hazard and restricted-area buoys as necessary.
LCRA uses the U.S. Coast Guard Uniform Waterway marking system for marking the Highland Lakes. For additional information about the markers and buoys, call (512) 473-3200, Ext. 4732, or go to www.lcra.org.