LAKE TRAVIS, Texas (KXAN) - After the popular lakeside hot spot Carlos'N Charlie's announced they were closing their doors, another restaurant on the lake said they are struggling to adapt to the sinking water levels.
Jaime and Jennifer Mutschink live in Austin but love boating on Lake Travis, saying Carlos'N Charlies used to be one of their favorite stops.
"Last summer we would go probably every other weekend," Jennifer said. "This summer we tried to go probably about a month ago and we couldn't get there."
A few miles up the lake The Gnarly Gar has managed to stay afloat all year long. But, the floating restaurant which is still able to take boat traffic, might be losing a chunk of business from walk up customers.
The lake has gotten so low, 43 feet below average, that the distance between the restaurant and the parking lot is almost 1,000 feet downhill. Even those willing to take on the long walk could soon be shut out.
"If the lake goes down another 8-10 feet, our land access will be cut off," said Gnarly Gar owner Todd Hynes. "We'll only be able to service people coming in on boats."
That comes as bad news for lake regulars who say they're running out of places to hang out on the lake.
"Rain, lots and lots of rain," Jaime said, hoping for a little relief from the drought. "I hope one day it will be full again, but I don't know if that's realistic."
Another place having to resort to new measures is The Island on Lake Travis in Lago Vista. In July, the resort had to lower pumps and water lines to the lake .
The lines draw up cooler water from deeper in the lake to run through their cooling systems. Management says they have to keep adding to the system as the level drops and that the alternative, to redo the air conditioning setup, would be too costly.
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