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State Parks Recovering

Memorial Day weekend storms force some park closures
Written by , published May 28, 2015 Photographs by Texas Parks and Wildlife

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Read JUNE 11, 2015 UPDATE for State Park openings/closures

Even as more storms continue to hammer a rain-soaked state, communities and families are knee-deep in recovery efforts from the torrential Memorial Day Weekend storms. The same holds true for some Texas State Parks, which have suffered considerable rain damage, too.

See June 11, 2015 update on park openings/closures

As of Wednesday, more than 50 state parks report some damage as a result of significant rainfall. About half of those sites are currently closed or partially closed to the public due to flooding.

“The safety of our staff and our visitors is our top priority right now,” says Brent Leisure, TPWD State Parks Division director. “Many of our parks remain operational and as conditions permit, we will be bringing our other sites back on line. Much of the damage is flood related debris and that takes time to clear. We’re heading into our peak visitation period and have all hands on deck to make our parks safe and enjoyable again.”

Visitors can check the status of their park reservations by contacting the Texas State Parks customer service center at 512-389-8900 or by contacting the park directly.

The status of the following parks will change as progress is made, but until then, here are the current closures and partial closures.

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Re-Opened

Colorado Bend State Park: Low water crossing cleared, so park is now accessible.

Copper Lake State Park – Doctors Creek Unit: Open

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area: Ranch road 965 north of the park is now passable. Park is open with usual conditions of possible closings on weekends and holidays for 'full" status.

Guadalupe River State Park: Open with no restricitions.

Fort Parker State Park: Water levels are back to normal, canoes and paddle boats can be used on the lake and river, and campsites open.

Martin Creek Lake State Park: Open

Mustang Island State Park: Open

Lockhart State Park: Open

Partial Closures

Bastrop State Park: Park is open, but some areas are closed due to flood damage. Hiking trails and Park Road 1C to Alum Creek Road are closed (the road is open from Alum Creek Road to Buescher State Park.) Some camping areas and cabins will reopen later in June. Visitors will not be able to view the dam failure as this area is still closed.

Caddo Lake State Park: Park is open. West lane of the boat ramp remains closed due to high water.

Cedar Hill State Park: Camping allowed in the Lakeview area only. Day use areas still closed.

Eisenhower State Park: Many areas, including the main road into the park, are still closed including all camping loops except Armadillo Hill (until at least June 17, 2015). All marina access, day use areas, the Recreation Hall and the Group Picnic Pavilion are also closed.

Goliad State Park and Historic Site: Park headquarters remains open along with the mission and one of the trails. The Longhorn and Vaquero campgrounds remain closed through June 16. The Angel of Goliad Hike and Bike Trail, San Antonio River Trail, and picnic area remain closed until further notice.

Mother Neff State Park: Some areas remain closed, but the water/sewer/electic campsites and trails are open.

Village Creek State Park: Day-use and caping areas open, but no swimming is allowed and half the park trails remain closed.

Closures

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Brazos Bend State Park: Park is closed through at least June 23.

Lake Somerville State Park: Entire park remains closed through at least August 1.

Palmetto State Park: Remains closed due to river flooding.  

Ray Roberts Lake State Park – all units: Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch units closed. All boat ramps closed indefinitely. FM380 and HWY 428 sections are closed.

Stephen F. Austin State Park: Expected to reopen Friday, June 12, although trails may remain closed.

 

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