Category Archives: Recreation

Fort Worth District officials release listing of open and closed recreation areas in the region

Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives, in preparation of the Memorial Day weekend have released a comprehensive list of open and closed recreation areas throughout their region of responsibility. The District is responsible for 25 Lake Projects in Texas. Most of those lakes are still recovering from the impacts of the floods in 2015 and recent high water events.

The following list, by region outlines current open and closed recreational areas. All dates are subject to change. Contact the lake office or visit the Fort Worth District website at http://www.swf.usace.army.mil/About/LakesandRecreationInformation.aspx for information regarding a specific area.

  • Three Rivers Region
    • Aquilla Lake – all facilities open
    • Hords Creek Lake
      • Swim beaches are closed
      • Boat Ramps in Lakeside Park are closed
      • Flatrock Park is closed
    • Navarro Mills Lake
      • Oak Park
        • Boat ramp opens May 27
        • 12 campsites closed
        • Playground, swim beach, group shelter and courtesy dock closed
      • Liberty Hill
        • 1 boat ramp open
        • 3 campsites closed
        • Fishing pier, swim beach and courtesy docks closed
      • Wolf Creek
        • 37 campsites and 3 restrooms closed
        • Group shelter closed
        • Boat ramp and courtesy dock opens May 27
      • Pecan Point – closed
      • Oak Park Day Use – closed
      • Brushie Prairie opens May 27
    • Proctor Lake
      • All parks closed until late June
    • Waco Lake
      • Airport Park – closed (boat ramp opens May 26)
      • Opens July 1
      • Bosque Park – open
      • Dam Hike and Bike Access – open
      • Flat Rock – closed
      • Opens July 1
      • Reynolds Creek – closed
      • Opens July 1
      • Lacy Point – closed
      • Speegleville Park
      • Campground and boat ramp re-open May 26
      • Twin Bridges Park – closed (boat ramp opens May 26)
      • Midway Park
      • Campground and boat ramp re-open May 26
      • Koehne Park
      • Boat ramp re-opens May 26
    • Whitney Lake
      • Soldiers Bluff – partial closure
      • McCown
      • Boat ramp open
      • Campground and Day Use opens June 20
      • Riverside East – closed
      • Riverside West – open
      • Steele Creek Park – open
      • Cedar Creek Park – open
      • Wailing Bend – Camping loop and boat ramp open; Cliff Side closed
      • Lofers Day Use – boat ramp opens May 25
      • Lofers Campgrounds – open June 20
      • Kimball Bend – closed
      • Plowman Creek – closed
  • Piney Woods Region
    • Wright Patman Lake
      • All campgrounds closed (partial opening for July 4)
      • Oak Park, Spillway Park and boat ramp at Piney Point are open
      • Swim beaches closed for summer season
    • Lake O’ the Pines
      • Brushy Creek Campground – closed
      • Alley Creek, Buckhorn Creek and Johnson Creek Campgrounds – partial closure
    • Sam Rayburn Lake
      • Hanks Creek Park – closed
      • Mill Creek, Rayburn Park, Twin Dikes and Ebenezer Campgrounds – partial closure
    • Jim Chapman – no closures
    • Town Bluff – no closures
  • Capital Region
    • Canyon Lake
      • Potter’s Creek – 1 camping loop open
      • All other parks are open
    • Somerville Lake
      • Rocky Creek Park – closed
      • Yegua Creek Park – 62 campsites and 1 boat ramp open
    • Belton
      • All courtesy docks closed
      • Sparta Valley, Winkler, Rogers, McGregor and Owl Creek Horseshoe Bed Parks are closed
      • Live Oak Park – boat ramp is closed
      • Westcliff Park – beach, all tent sites and campsites 1-20 are closed
    • Stillhouse
      • All courtesy docks closed
      • Stillhouse Park – beach is closed
      • Union Grove Park – beach and campsites 4-7 and 31-37 are closed
      • Dana Peak Park – beach and campsites 1-7, 13-25 and all tent sites are closed
    • Georgetown
      • All courtesy docks closed
    • Granger
      • All courtesy docks closed
      • Wilson H. Fox Park – beach is closed
      • Friendship Park – beach is closed
  • Trinity Region
    • Bardwell
      • High View Park – partial closure; all swim beaches closed; 75 percent of facilities available
      • Love Park – open
      • Mott Park – partial closure; 75 percent of facilities available
      • Waxahachie Creek Park – partial closure; 50 percent of facilities available
    • Benbrook
      • Rocky Creek – closed; working to open small percentage of facilities for July 4; targeting Labor Day for full open
      • Bear Creek – partial closure; 50 percent of facilities available; targeting Labor Day for full open
      • Mustang Park – closed; fully open by Labor Day
      • North Holiday – partial closure; 50 percent of facilities available; targeting Labor Day for full open
      • South Holiday – partial closure; 80 percent of facilities available; targeting Labor Day for full open
    • Grapevine
      • Murrell Park – partial closure; 75 percent of facilities expected to be available for Memorial Day; trails re-open June 13; High Water Boat Ramp is open
    • Lavon
      • Avalon Park – closed
      • East Fork Park – Day Use closed; Camping is open
      • Brockdale Park – open
      • Bratonia Park – open
      • Highland Park – open
      • Clear Lake Park – partial closure; 50 percent of facilities available; camping and main boat ramp are open; Day Use area and North Boat Ramp are closed
      • Tickey Creek – boat ramp is open
      • Twin Groves – open
      • Caddo – closed
      • Elm Creek – open
      • Lakeland – closed
      • Pebble Beach – closed; targeting Labor Day for full open
      • Little Ridge – closed; boat ramp scheduled to open for Memorial Day; remaining facilities scheduled to be available July 4
      • Lavonia – open; courtesy dock not available
    • Lewisville
      • Hickory Creek – open
      • Westlake/Oakland – Westlake Day Use is open; Oakland Day Use is closed with target of July 4 to reopen
      • Big Sandy Access – open
      • Doe Branch Access – open

The Corps of Engineers is concerned for public safety, and urges boaters to wear life jackets and use caution while navigating. Flood waters have created unfamiliar boating conditions and increased flows into the reservoir have flushed a large amount of debris into the main body of water. Boaters are reminded to CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY YOUR BOAT, TRAILER AND GEAR! Please avoid or minimize boat travel through any mats of vegetation to limit the spread of invasive species, more information is available at http://www.texasinvasives.org/.


Mossy Bluff Disc Golf Course Opens at Greers Ferry Lake

By Jay Woods

The Little Rock District’s, Greers Ferry Project Office just added another recreation activity to its arsenal.  The Mossy Bluff Disc Golf Course located behind the Carl R. Garner Visitor Center recently opened, allowing disc golfers to play for free.

The 18-hole course offers challenges for the beginning or experienced disc golfer.  The course is not just an open field where you just throw the disc as far as you can.  There are tree lined fairways, holes that are surrounded by trees and there is even one hole where you have to throw long and accurately over a small pond.

“This course is great because it offers a variety of several different shots,” said J.P. Hodges a local disc golfer. “It’s not just an open course.  You will have to use your backhand or forehand for some throws.  You will be tested at every level.”

Hole 1
Each hole at Mossy Bluff has a sign that shows the hole layout.

Disc golfers from around the Mid-South are coming to Greers Ferry to play the course.  They have traveled from Memphis, Little Rock, Bryant and Russellville to play a round at Mossy Bluff.

About 50 people showed up for the opening ceremonies including representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cleburne County Road Department, Boy Scout Troop 200 and JM Services, LLC. Each of these groups volunteered their time and equipment to develop the course.
About 50 people showed up for the opening ceremonies including representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cleburne County Road Department, Boy Scout Troop 200 and JM Services, LLC. Each of these groups volunteered their time and equipment to develop the course.

Putting time in to building the disc golf course also met the standards set in the Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Strategic Plan.  It states the Corps will promote and engage members of the community, military, and public to participate in healthy outdoor activities on Corps lands and water.  Corps projects also provide recreational opportunities that serve regional communities by being a place for people to pursue active recreation and healthy lifestyles, and for friends and families to spend time together connecting with each other and the natural world.

“If you come to the lake you either swim, boat, or sit around your campsite,” said Jake Logan, Greers Ferry natural resource specialist and course designer.  “This course gives you a chance to get out and exercise without having to pay a fee.”

Jake Logan, Greers Ferry Park Ranger and course designer shows the three disc you need to play a round of disc golf.
Jake Logan, Greers Ferry Park Ranger and course designer shows the three disc you need to play a round of disc golf.

The course was built by volunteers from the Corps’ Greers Ferry Project Office, Cleburne County Road Department, JM Services, LLC and Boy Scout Troop 200.

The challenging 18-hole course offers hilly terrain, tree lined fairways and even a water hole.
The challenging 18-hole course offers hilly terrain, tree lined fairways and even a water hole.

Additionally, two scouts from Troop 200 completed their Eagle Scout projects by installing the tee boxes for the course.

The Mossy Bluff Disc Golf Course is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.  Disc rental is not available so you will have to bring your own disc.  However, you can buy a starter set of three disc for around $30 at most sporting goods store.

Mossy Bluff Disc Golf Course Opens
Mossy Bluff Disc Golf Course offers 18 challenging holes for the beginner or the avid disc golfer.

 

 

Last Disc Golf Photo
Adults and kids alike will enjoy the Mossy Bluff Disc Golf Course.

So, come on out and try your luck at Mossy Bluff. You may even make new friends on the course.