Drought Reveals Sometimes Island

This year's drought is the third-worst in terms of lake levels at Lake Travis

Monday, Nov 14, 2011  |  Updated 5:01 PM CDT
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Sometimes Island is clearly visible on Lake Travis after the 2011 drought.

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The Texas drought has revealed a bit of property that's known because sometimes you see it, sometimes you don't.

So-called Sometimes Island is now part of a peninsula jutting out about three-quarters of a mile into Lake Travis.

For the first time since the 1960s, the lake is so low that visitors can walk from Mansfield Dam Park to Sometimes Island, the Austin American-Statesman reported Monday.

The island's name came about because the land is only exposed during droughts.

The chief park ranger, Dan Chapman, says the peninsula is pretty brushy and unappealing.

The area was part of a farm on which cattle grazed before Mansfield Dam was finished in 1941.

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