The final tally on damages at Lake Proctor is $1,957,000.

Just about what was expected after extensive damage from flooding during the spring and summer months.

Tim Musick, park ranger, said money to make repairs will have to be appropriated by congress, and until then he is depending on volunteers for help. And the tally is barring any damage that might not be known at this point, like buried power lines.

Musick is the volunteer coordinator for the lake and offers free full hook up campsites for a week in exchange for 24 hours of work.

With only three volunteers, the progress made has been remarkable.

“They're doing a great job, Musick said.

An example of the damage that will come with a high repair price tag is the quarter mile of road leading to the Sowell Creek day use boat ramp. It was completely destroyed, Musick said.

“It has potholes in it that you can hardly drive a truck through, Musick said.

Musick said the Sowell Creek boat ramp is now open and available for day use.

More facilities recently opened and ready for use, including:

Sowell Creek Park - campsites one through 30, restroom No. 1 with showers, campsite boat ramp and the fishing dock in campground area.

Copperas Creek Park (day use) - fishing area, boat ramp, restroom. (Picnic sites and restroom No. 1 should be open by Sept. 14.)

Copperas Creek Park Campground - campsites 37 to 42 are ready now and 57 to 61 will be open soon. Restroom No. 4 with showers and the Westside boat ramp are also open now.

Promontory Park - the group shelter No. 1 and restroom No. 1 are open, but this park will close Sept. 30 for the winter.

Musick said more facilities in other areas will open soon.

For more information call the lake office at 254-879-2424.

ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at or (254) 965-3124,ext. 238