Corps of Engineers monitors flooding at Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Published March 26, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, in keeping with its flood risk reduction charter, continues to monitor and manage recent flooding at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas.

Sam Rayburn is receiving floodwater runoff from recent storms and is currently operating in flood pool with an elevation of 169.49 feet as of 8 a.m. (normal pool elevation is 164.40 feet). Operating according to the lake’s water control plan, generators at Sam Rayburn are currently operating 8 to 12 hours per day. The lake is retaining floodwater until conditions on the lower Neches River allow additional releases. Based on current runoff upstream of Sam Rayburn, the lake level is expected to crest near 169.90 feet on April 4.

The Corps of Engineers is concerned for public safety and urges boaters to wear life jackets and use caution while navigating. Floodwaters have created unfamiliar boating conditions, changed shorelines, and submerged objects such as picnic tables, signs, and debris.

Several campground sites have been closed. Please follow the link below to see what parks have campsite closures

For more information, call the Sam Rayburn Project Office at (409) 384-5716.

Sam Rayburn Reservoir floodwaters will continue to be released as safety permits; however it may take several weeks for the lake level to return to conservation pool. Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at or Reservoir Control’s Web Site at


About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico. Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: and SWF Face book at:

Denisha Braxton
819 Taylor Street, Fort Worth, TX

Release no. 15-016