The rain's effect on Lake Texoma

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

Lake levels are becoming a factor when planning for Independence Day weekend, especially at Lake Texoma. The lake is expected to crest at 633 feet by July fourth, the highest since 1995. But if you were planning take your boat out for the holiday you may be out to dry.

The banks of the spillway are packed with fisherman hoping for their catch of the day. By next week the highest lake levels are expected in more than a decade, and that could mean bad news for the biggest holiday of the summer.

"I think it's going to be a disaster for the 4th of July just because of the flooding we're having right now," said David Escamilla, a striper guide.

Escamilla says he's losing his nets in the water and business in the process. Army Corps of Engineers say about 80 percent of their campgrounds could be closed next week due to flooding plus all of the Corps boat ramps except at the spillway.

"All of our marinas will have difficulty in there and all the campgrounds will be affected. We'll have several campgrounds that will be completely shutdown," said Ron Jordan, lake manager.

There’s still hope if you plan to camp. At Eisenhower State Park, the boat ramp is flooded. Park officials say the have plenty of room at their 200 campsites.

"We're having a hard time mowing the grass but other than that everything is open and will remain open as far as I know," said Roger Siems, an interpretative ranger at the park.

The crest is expected to be seven feet below the 640 foot emergency spill level, which has only been surpassed twice in Lake Texoma history. The Corps says the weather will determine how close the lake comes to that point.

Wednesday June 27, 2007 @ 11:00 am
Lake Texoma Elevation = 625.44
The crest is forecast to be 633.0 feet about the 4th of July 2007
Water temperature = 79

Power Generation schedule is 24 hours per day until further notice.

Projected releases are to increase from 11,000 today to 18,000 cfs midday on the 28th.

This is all a prediction and can be upset by significant rain fall.

The US Army Corps Spillway ramp is open at this time.

Boat ramps that are closed are:

Lakeside South and West
Juniper Point East & West
West Burns Run
Platter
Johnson Creek
Caney Creek

All Campsites are closed at:

Lakeside
East Burns Run
West Burns Run

Other closed sites include:

Juniper A1 – A8, B1 – B6 & C1 – C31
Buncombe Creek A1 – A10, B1 – B6 & C12 - C31
Caney Creek A15 - A24 and A30


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  • by veronica Location: new orleans on Jul 14, 2007 at 10:42 PM
    Could you e-mail me on ceder mills resort. I was wondering if the campground is closed or open. We are planning to be there in a few days. P.S. STAY DRY
  • by amber Location: wilson on Jul 6, 2007 at 08:16 PM
    i ant belive how much water
  • by Doyle F. Feagin Location: Denison, TX on Jul 5, 2007 at 07:47 AM
    I am not sure where the fact that Lake Texoma has gone over the spillway in the 40's came from, but I have here for 66 years and I remember the first time to be in 1957 or 58. If you will get a Sherman Athenian from 1958 you can see a large picture of that event on page one of that Athenian.
  • by Billy W. Brazzel Location: Sherman, Tx on Jul 3, 2007 at 10:21 PM
    Visited Lake Texoma today, July 3, 2007. About two feet from over the top of spill way and uncontrolled release. Looks like over the top on Thurs. Quite a sight.
  • by Skip Location: Highport on Jul 3, 2007 at 10:19 PM
    I know it must be difficult to make the decisions that the corp of engineers make, but after seeing the damage done to communities along the red river in the 1990 flood, I question why they have not opened at least one of the flood gates to help buffer what is the ineviteble. spillway runoff with catastophic flooding for those downstream.. GOD BLESS THOSE FOLKS
  • by Farmer Location: Little River Co. on Jul 3, 2007 at 05:51 PM
    Joanne: Yes the farmers in LR Co North of the Red River got the flood in 1990! It destroyed crops, cattle, houses & churches, & yes, even loved ones. We cry for rain so you can eat. Thanks KXII for the weather coverage downstream. It's the Best I've found!!!!
  • by Benny Location: Denison on Jun 28, 2007 at 01:52 PM
    The bottom line is , folks , we can't do a thing about it. It is going to keep raining until it stops. And when it finally does it is going to be hot and humid. Hopefully the lake won't go over the spillway again.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2007 at 11:46 AM
    This website updates hourly on the water level at Lake Texoma... http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/DENI.lakepage.html
  • by joanne Location: durant on Jun 28, 2007 at 11:25 AM
    I just have to wonder about these people who say things like: we need more rain for the farmers because of the drought we have had for the last couple of years. hello drought over!!!!farmers can't get to thier fields now because they are too wet!!yes rain good but not all at one time. i bet these same people have not been flooded or lost loved ones due to the rains!!!
  • by Bethany Location: Ector on Jun 28, 2007 at 06:01 AM
    It's really sad to see all this happening, but I remember just how bad it was last year when we had zero rain, too. I remember going over to Lake Texoma and it was well below where it should be. I pray for all those that have dealt with these floods first hand and will continue to pray for all of us here. God Bless you all and may you have a most blessed day!!
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