A total of 53 campsites throughout the area parks are closed due to flooding at Lake Proctor.
According to Tonya Lippe, support service specialist for the lake, those sites will probably remain closed for several weeks until water recedes and only Highpoint Park boat ramp will be open temporarily even though that park has been closed for several years due to funding issues.
“We are holding water because downstream at Lake Belton, they are also in flood pool,” Lippe said. “That’s the reason we can’t open the big gates at the dam.”
Still, Lippe said, they are releasing water at a rate of 190 cubic feet per second, but some water is still coming in from the Leon River.
“We have a little water still coming in but nothing like last weekend,” Lippe said. “Lake Leon does not have gates. They have overflow. They are still in overflow so it’s still coming to us through the Leon River.”
Lippe said the decision was made to open Highpoint boat ramp because it will not be a critical issue if it is damaged.
She said if the asphalt on the ramps in the other parks are damaged the repairs would require additional funding.
“We don’t know that we would be able to do that,” Lippe said.
Lippe said the debris that washed in has now found a home either on the shorelines or in front of the dam.
“The main body of the lake seems okay and the water is fine,” Lippe said. “We are letting people on the water.”
Last Monday the lake was at 1,166.55 feet, which is four and a half feet higher than full pool, which is 1,162 feet.
Those with camping reservations should call (254) 879-2424 to see if the reserved site is open.