Central Texas wished summer goodbye last week with some much-needed rainfall.
The welcomed wet weather put about a foot of water in Lake Travis, but the lake is still about 30 percent full.
For Volente Boat Club Member Deven Richter, the Texas drought has given him what feels like his own personal lake.
"It's almost empty--it's paradise,” he said. “It's really a dream come true to come here now with your family and friends to have the run of the lake."
Only a couple dozen boats were on the water Sunday, and a good portion of them are from Volente Boat Club. Owner Alex McLaughlin said since the water disappeared, so have the boats.
"It's more a perception issue than a reality. The problem is that most people think the lake is closed,” McLaughlin said. “A typical lake loses 40 to 50 feet and it is closed, but here I am at 70 feet a couple hundred yards off shore."
Lake Austin is only about 20 to 30 feet deep, whereas Travis is well over 100 feet deep in its center.
"We've lost maybe 25 percent of the surface that we boat on, but we've lost probably 50 percent of the traffic," McLaughlin said.
There are problems like new boat routes, and no public ramps open, but McLaughlin says those problems shouldn't scare folks away.
"A lot of people think that Lake Travis is in a state where we can't use it,” McLaughlin said. “The reality is that it is much, much better than that. We have a private lake now."
Even though the public boat ramps are all closed, a few private marinas are operational. If you don't have a boat, there are boat clubs and rentals all over the lake.