Lake Granbury short on access

accesssssWhile many parts of the state have received a welcome relief of rain compared to last summer’s drought, it hasn’t been enough for a North Texas lake that is quickly losing access for anglers wanting to launch their boats.

On Lake Granbury, the Brazos River Authority has shut down three of the four boat ramps they operate, while the City of Granbury has also closed the one ramp they control.

“The lake is down, approaching four feet, and the three that are closed just won’t handle water that low safely,” said Steve Myers, the Brazos River Authority’s chief lake ranger. “Just in the last week or so we’ve closed two of the three.”

The De Cordova, also known as the dam park ramp, is the final ramp still operating. Myers was hopeful that scattered rainfall Thursday would help to prevent its closing. But before the showers, the outlook was not as positive.

“We were probably looking at Monday or Tuesday of next week,” he said. “This rain might push it back some. A good rain between here and Possum Kingdom might push it way back.”

A gauge at the lake showed 1/2-inch of rain had fallen by 3 p.m. Thursday, according to Myers, but added that the rain needed to fall upriver to have the most beneficial impact.

As long as the De Cordova ramp stays open, anglers should have no problem accessing the lake, he said.

“There’s plenty of parking over there,” he said. “A lot of our boat traffic is resident, so there’s plenty of parking.”