As a college student at UT-Austin, I spent many enjoyable hours at nearby Lake Travis. My friends and I would drive to one of the many small coves on the lake and spend the afternoon swimming, windsurfing, or just soaking up Texas sunshine. Lake Travis is a recreational beacon for Austin. It is a man-made lake, one of the clearest lakes in Texas, and was created when the Mansfield Dam, constructed between the years of 1937 and 1941, impounded the Colorado River. It is surrounded by 270 miles of shore with numerous secluded coves, and it’s been stocked with many species of important game fish.