JASPER, Texas --
Sam Rayburn Reservoir reached a new record elevation at 175.35 ft msl during the 2021 Spring flood. Many park facilities were impacted by the high elevation; RV pedestals, electric utilities, campsite pads, roads and parking areas sustained damage.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District staff is working seven days a week to address the damages and make repairs. Facilities around the lake become submerged at various elevations, allowing some facilities to be repaired sooner while others are still underwater or saturated.
Several parks sustained heavy damage to electrical systems. USACE Staff and local utility providers are working to address the damage. Once USACE staff can ensure facilities are safe to use areas will be re-opened.
Public safety is the number one priority for USACE and we urge all visitors who are on or near the water to wear proper fitting life jackets and use caution while navigating. Floodwaters often change locations of known hazards so please use caution while operating vessels, swimming or wading.
USACE staff are working to have as many campsites and boat launches as possible open by Labor Day weekend. Tentative re-opening of all closed facilities may occur as soon as mid-September to early October. Customers with reservations in that timeframe that wish to cancel due to the unknown of availability may contact recreation.gov to request a full refund.
To check on status of campground and boat ramps closures, please visit https://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/samray/, www.recreation.gov for specific campsite closures, or contact the Sam Rayburn Lake Office at 409-384-5716.
Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and social media at: https://about.me/usacefortworth
Release no. 21-040