Restrictions Modified on Hydro Lakes

Posted: June 30, 2010

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LaMarriol Smith, GBRA, (830) 379-5822 or email

SEGUIN, TX-The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority General Manager William "Bill" E. West has modified the restrictions imposed June 10, 2010, on the Hydro Lakes immediately after the flood. These modifications, in some cases, allow more access on the lakes as the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches. A chart detailing the modified restrictions for each of the Hydro Lake is available on the GBRA website (or attached).

Lake McQueeney

Effective noon Wednesday, June 30, officials began allowing the use of motorized boats to include towing of objects or individuals, and use of personal watercraft on all areas of Lake McQueeney during daylight hours. However, towing of inflatable objects and other water toys continue to be prohibited.

Lake Dunlap

Restrictions that were imposed June 10, 2010, remain in effect on Lake Dunlap. Individuals who require access Lake Dunlap to retrieve or secure personal property may continue to contact GBRA's Yolanda Pierce at ypierce@gbra.org to obtain a permit.

Lake Placid

Effective Thursday, July 1, 2010, the use of motorized boats only - no towing of objects or individuals - will be allowed on Lake Placid from the Lake Placid Dam to IH-10 only during daylight hours.

Effective noon Friday, July 2, 2010, the use of motorized boats to include towing of objects or individuals, and use of personal watercraft may occur on Lake Placid from the Lake Placid Dam to IH-10 only. Towing of inflatable objects and other water toys remain prohibited.

All restricted uses will remain in effect from IH-10 upstream.

Lakes Nolte, Gonzales (H4) and Wood (H5)

Effective Thursday, July 1, 2010, the use of motorized boats only - no towing of objects or individuals - will be allowed on Lake Nolte (Meadow Lake), Lake H-4 (Lake Gonzales), and Lake H-5 (Lake Wood) during daylight hours. Then effective noon Friday, July 2, 2010, the use of motorized boats to include towing of objects or individuals, and use of personal watercraft may occur on Lake Nolte (Meadow Lake), Lake H-4 (Lake Gonzales), and Lake H-5 (Lake Wood). Towing of inflatable objects and other water toys will remain prohibited.

Daylight hours are defined as 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset except Sunday night, July 4, 2010, for that day only hours of use are extended until 12:00 a.m. (midnight).

The modifications to the Hydro Lakes restrictions have occurred in coordination with inspections of the lakes by GBRA staff and Texas Parks and Wildlife wardens. Associations for the respective lakes have, in some cases, raised funds and conducted cleanups to restore their respective lakes for recreational access.

Please monitor GBRA's website for press releases with updates on changes in restrictions.

The GBRA was established by the Texas Legislature in 1933 as a water conservation and reclamation district. GBRA provides stewardship for the water resources in its 10-county statutory district, which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco rivers, ends at San Antonio Bay, and includes Kendall, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, Victoria, Calhoun, and Refugio counties.

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