The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Fort Worth District, is revising the Grapevine Lake 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 Grapevine Lake.
About Grapevine Lake
Grapevine Lake is located on the Denton Creek in the Trinity River Basin, extending from Tarrant County to Denton County. The lake proper is bordered by several suburban developments, with Flower Mound and Grapevine experiencing rapid growth in recent years. Grapevine Dam and Lake are a multi-purpose project used for flood control, water supply, navigation, sediment reserve, fish and wildlife, and recreation. In addition to these primary missions, USACE has an inherent mission of environmental stewardship of project lands and works closely with neighboring cities to provide regionally important outdoor recreation opportunities.
The cities of Grapevine and Dallas as well as Dallas County Park cities (University Park and Highland Park) have contracted with the USACE for the use of Grapevine Lake water supply. The dam at Grapevine Lake was completed in 1952, and conservation pool was filled in 1957. At the conservation (normal) pool elevation of 535.0 feet NGVD, the lake surface covers 19,430 acres. Grapevine Lake is home to the following parks and recreation areas: Acorn Woods, Flying Field, Grapevine Municipal Golf Course, Katies Woods, Knob Hills, Lakeview, Mcpherson Slough, Meadowmere, Murrell, Northshore, Oak Grove, Rockledge, Scotts Landing Marina, Silver Lake Marina, Silver Lake Park, The Vineyards, Trophy Club Park, Twin Coves, Twin Coves Marina, and Walnut Grove.
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. Revision of the Master Plan will not address in detail the technical operational aspects of the reservoir related to the water supply or flood risk management missions of the project.
Why Revise the Grapevine Lake Master Plan?
The current Master Plan for Grapevine Lake was published in 1971 with a supplement published in 2001. Since then, many changes have taken place including major utility and highway construction, urbanization, and evolving recreational uses. 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 protection of sensitive wildlife habitat. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the Master Plan.