2011-07-14 / General Stories

Outdoor News

By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

July 11, 2011

Fourth of July activity within our district kept us busy patrolling surrounding lakes and rivers with reports that Saturday the 2nd, seemed to be the busiest day of the 4 day weekend. Temperature and fuel prices probably kept people at home or at least close by.

I worked Lake Somerville on Friday, Saturday and Monday, and Lake Bastrop on Sunday. District citations included water safety violations and 2 Boating While Intoxicated cases. There was one report of a near drowning on Lake Somerville on Monday evening, but the children involved were removed from the water.

On Wednesday the 6th, our district traveled to Hamilton County, site of our new Game Warden Training Center (GWTC), for the annual refresher course in background investigation. We’ll soon be receiving job applications for next year’s game warden class. This process can take up to 6 weeks per person depending on if an application is from out of state, out of region or out of district. Nonetheless, it is an important job demanding attention to detail.

A much needed improvement is underway at Nails Creek State Park. Now that lake levels are down, the Corps of Engineers has authorized clean up of the park boat ramp. Two maintainers are busy pushing back top soil to make the ramp deeper. It is rumored they will clean as far as they can which may mean out past the point just off the ramp. Once normal lake level returns, the cleaned area may be 4 to 5 feet deeper than before! This means the ramp will accommodate much larger boats than before. For more information, drive out to the park and see history in the making.

I may be contacted at 979- 540- 0194 or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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