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The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Fort Worth District, is revising the Ray Roberts 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 Ray Roberts Lake.
About Ray Roberts Lake
Ray Roberts Lake is located on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in eastern Montague County, Texas. The region around the lake has experienced rapid growth in recent years, mostly due to suburban growth within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area. Ray Roberts Dam and Lake are a multi-purpose project used for flood control, water supply, hydropower, 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 Dallas and Denton have contracted with the USACE for the use of Ray Roberts Lake water supply. Construction on the dam was started in 1982 and was completed in 1987. At the conservation (normal) pool elevation of 632.5 feet NGVD, the lake surface covers 28,646 acres. Ray Roberts Lake is home to the following parks and recreation areas: Buck Creek Access Area, Elm Fork Park, Greenbelt Access 428, Isle Du Bois State Park, Johnson Branch State Park, Jordan Branch Access, Pecan Creek Access, Pond Creek Access, Ray Roberts Marina, and Sanger Access.
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 Ray Roberts Lake Master Plan?
The initial Master Plan for Ray Roberts Lake was published in 1983 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.