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Lake Texoma rangers prepare for busy weekend ahead

Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 6:47 PM CDT
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) - With memorial day around the corner, park rangers on Lake Texoma are preparing for a busy weekend, and after recent rain storms all week, rangers are warning lake goers to be prepared when hitting the water.

“Every time we get long periods of rain, there will be an influx of things coming into the lake, so this isn’t an unusual occurrence,” said Army Corps of Engineers lead ranger Billy Williams.

After several days of rain, Lake Texoma’s level is almost two feet about where it’s supposed to be. Williams says this will likely cause trash, and debris to float out into the lake.

“They’ll be trash, they’ll be a fair amount of trees floating down river and into the lake,” Williams said. “Those are all things people need to be very watchful for.”

“With all the rain that we’ve had and all the lake levels being up, there’s a lot of trash building up in the rivers and it can be dangerous.” said fisherman Ronnie Phillips.

Fishermen Danny Grimes and Ronnie Phillips took the boat out Wednesday, to try and beat the crowd before the holiday weekend.

“Well you know, you get people like to speed and go fast,” Grimes said. “We just like to poke around and go fishing.”

Grimes catches stripers and while he takes his boat out on the lake for fun, he says even experienced boat owners need to pay attention to their surroundings this weekend.

“We haven’t really seen a lot, (of debris) but we don’t go out in the channels and stuff,” said Grimes. “It does float off into here but if you watch and go slow you’ll be alright.”

“It’s going to be a busy weekend, and we’re looking forward to seeing folks coming out to the lake, and I think people are looking forward to coming back out on the lake. So we want people to enjoy themselves, but we want them to return home safely too,” said Williams.

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