Category Archives: Water Safety

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/.


Lifesaving fishermen recognized

by Jay Townsend

On March 5, 2016 two high school tournament fishermen along with an adult boat captain abandoned their quest for big bass glory to save a canoer from drowning in Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas.

While fishing in a local tournament, boat captain Micah Piker a combat medic in the Arkansas National Guard along with his brother, high school fishermen David Piker from Pottsville, Arkansas and Nick Kuras from Dardanelle, Arkansas heard yelling from a small group kayaks and canoes in the water that appeared to be in distress and noticed emergency vehicles on the opposite shoreline of the cove they were in.

Micah Piker receives a water safety award from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan for saving a potential drowning victim on Lake Dardanelle March 5, 2016.
Micah Piker receives a water safety award from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan for saving a potential drowning victim in Lake Dardanelle March 5, 2016.

The fishermen quickly reeled in their lines and headed towards the commotion. When the fishermen turned first responders arrived they found a capsized canoe and a man wearing a life jacket floating face down in the frigid 55 degree water. The two other young paddlers, his grandchildren, at the scene were unable to roll him over in the water.

Nick Kuras receives a water safety award from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan for saving a potential drowning victim on Lake Dardanelle March 5, 2016.
Nick Kuras receives a water safety award from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan for saving a potential drowning victim in Lake Dardanelle March 5, 2016.

Kuras and the Piker brothers quickly pulled the victim into their boat. Recognizing the severity of the situation Micah Piker started CPR, Nick Piker rendered first aid while Kuras drove the boat to the opposite shore where an ambulance was waiting.

David Piker receives a water safety award from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan for saving a potential drowning victim on Lake Dardanelle March 5, 2016.
David Piker receives a water safety award from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan for saving a potential drowning victim in Lake Dardanelle March 5, 2016.

Without a doubt the fast actions of Kuras and the Pikers provided the victim with a chance of survival by preventing his drowning. Their actions were commended by Little Rock District, Corps of Engineers Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan in front of their peers and family at Pottsville High School on March 29, 2016.

Three fishermen were recognized by Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers and Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan in front of their peers and Family at Pottsville High School on March 29, 2016. The three men pulled a potential drowning victim from Lake Dardanelle, rendered CPR and first aid as well as transporting him to a nearby ambulance. (left to right) Park Ranger Miles Johnson, Micah Piker, David Piker, Nick Kuras, Park Ranger Patrick Callahan and Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan.
Three fishermen were recognized by Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers and Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan in front of their peers and Family at Pottsville High School on March 29, 2016. The three men pulled a potential drowning victim from Lake Dardanelle, rendered CPR and first aid as well as transporting him to a nearby ambulance. (left to right) Park Ranger Miles Johnson, Micah Piker, David Piker, Nick Kuras, Park Ranger Patrick Callahan and Little Rock District, Deputy District Commander Maj. Andrew Jugan.

The victim ultimately passed away on March 9, 2016 from other health related issues. Without the fishermen’s quick response two grandchildren could have watched their grandfather drown that day.