The Travis County Sheriff's Office, by its mission, is committed to protecting and serving the citizens of the community. The Lake Patrol Unit accomplishes this by promoting safety and educating boaters who recreate on Lake Travis.

The Lake Patrol Unit is responsible for patrolling Lake Travis and enforcing the Texas Water Safety Act. The Lake Patrol Unit responds to calls for service on Lake Travis and assists other law enforcement agencies, along with Austin/Travis County EMS, and the local fire departments that respond to calls on Lake Travis.

Lake Travis starts after the Max Starke dam just east of Marble Falls, Texas and winds its way through the central Texas Hill Country for 65 miles to western Travis County northwest of Austin. It is the longest of the seven Highland Lakes and a very popular boating and sailing lake. There are many marinas, public and private boat ramps, and public parks for the community to enjoy.

At the widest point, the lake is 4.5 miles wide and has 270 miles of shoreline. Lake Travis is the fifth lake down in the chain of Highland Lakes on the Colorado River in central Texas.

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