NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – If you’re planning on swimming or boating at an area lake this Labor Day weekend there are closures and health warnings you need to know about.
Low water levels are the issue at Lake Benbrook. Safety concerns led officials to close all boat ramps at the lake, but canoes and small boats may still launch from the bank.
Rafe Brock, with Texas Parks and Wildlife, said even individual and small boat operators need to take be extra careful. “I urge caution, if people are gonna be out this weekend, to look for objects in the water… that may not normally be there when the waters are at normal level,” he said.
Blue-green algae are the concern at Lake Texoma where the water has been determined to be unsafe for people and pets. Lake Texoma is completely closed to swimmers. Boating on the lake is still allowed but boaters are being asked to reduce their speed so as to reduce the level of water spray.
In addition to blue-green algae, zebra mussels are has also a problem at Lake Texoma. Visitors using a boat on the lake need to be sure the vessel is washed and cleaned before it is launched into another lake.
Despite the various water issues Brock says there are plenty of other lakes in the area to choose from.
“Most of our lakes may be a little low on water or lower than they normally are however, Lake Lewisville, Lake Ray Hubbard, also Lake Grapevine and Eagle Mountain Lake all have sufficient water supplies in them to allow boating and swimming.”
Texas has more square miles of inland water than any other state.