Lake Belton Could Remain Closed Until Memorial Day 2017
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had some pretty bleak news for those of us looking for summer fun on Lake Belton. No dice till Memorial Day, 2017. Brad Ellis with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said:
We’ll be hard pressed to be 100 percent operational at Lake Belton by the next recreational season, We have a lot of tasks to complete, and we hope to be up and running by Memorial Day next year.
Temple Lake Park is apparently almost a total loss. Even the bathrooms have collapsed in on themselves as there are no walls left on those structures. Those buildings are not meant to be under water and the wave action of the lake has just knocked them to the ground.
On the bright side, boat ramps did open this past weekend on Stillhouse Hollow Lake Park, at Dana Peak Park, and at Rivers Bend Park. There is still no swimming allowed at Dana Peak Park, however.
On Monday, Lake Belton was at 611 feet. Still up 18 feet from its regular conservation level of 594 feet. According to Ellis the lake dries up about 4 inches a day in the summer heat, and the water level goes down about 1 foot every three to four days. Even if it doesn't rain till this time next month, the Corps says it will be mid-to-late August before they can even attempt to access the infrastructure on Lake Belton.