The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Fort Worth District, is revising the Lake O’ the Pines Master Plan. The Master Plan is intended to serve as a comprehensive land and recreational management plan with a life span of 25 years. It guides the stewardship of natural and cultural resources and the provision of outdoor recreation facilities and opportunities to ensure sustainability of federal land associated with Lake O’ the Pines.
About Lake O’ the Pines
Lake O' the Pines was created by the construction of the Ferrell's Bridge Dam on the Big Cypress Bayou approximately 81 miles upstream from the Red River. The reservoir was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1946 and created as part of the overall plan for flood control in the Red River Basin below Denison Dam in Oklahoma. Additional purposes of both recreation and water supply were added during construction. The current Master Plan is an update to the 1975 Master Plan dated May of 1989 and is in need of revision to address changes in regional land use, population, outdoor recreation trends and USACE management policy.
What is a Master Plan?
The Master Plan is the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all project recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resources project.
Why Revise the Lake O’ the Pines Master Plan?
The current Master Plan for Lake O’ the Pines was prepared in 1989 as an update to the 1975 Master Plan. The Plan and the land classifications are in need of revision to address changes in regional land use, population, outdoor recreation trends and USACE management policy. Key topics to be addressed in the revised Master Plan include revised land classifications, new natural and recreational resource management objectives, recreation facility needs and special topics such as invasive species management and threatened and endangered species habitat. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the Master Plan.