blanco flood 6139 21Two months after devastating Memorial Day floods caused significant damage to Blanco State Park, the facility will reopen some areas to visitors on Saturday, Aug. 1.

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“Although the park has been closed over the past couple of months, park staff and volunteers have been working hard to get the park back open at least partially,” said Ethan Belicek, Blanco State Park superintendent. “We’re excited to get visitors back in the park to enjoy for the remainder of the summer.”

The destructive onslaught of 12 inches of rain caused the Blanco River to crest to 40 feet, but with much of the cleanup and repairs completed, park guests can now camp and use the south side of the park for day use activities such as fishing, hiking and biking. The campground and west-end day-use area also will be available. All other parts of the park, including the north side day-use area near the dam, will remain closed to the public until the grounds can be made safe for visitors.

Damage to the dam continues to create a water-level issue. Levels are low and swimming areas are seeing the effects. Belicek says visitors should call head to check on the water levels. 

“We hope to make that repair within the next few weeks, which will allow the swimming area to resume normal levels,” he says.

Only four Texas state parks – Cedar Hill State Park, Lake Somerville State Park (all units), Lake Whitney State Park, and Ray Roberts Lake State Park (all units) – remain closed out of more than 50 that were impacted during May floods. Damage assessments and repairs continue at those sites.

From the August 2015 issue
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