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Water levels low on Houston County lake

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081122 hc lake levels low

By Jan White
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Texas Parks and Wildlife lists Houston County Lake is a 1330-acre, spring-fed lake nestled in the hills of the East Texas Forest Country.

Primarily fed by Little Elkhart Creek, the lake is surprisingly cool in all but the driest of weather. It’s considered to be a great kayak lake, and undeveloped coves allow a fisherman plenty of areas to fish for that record bass, catfish, crappie, or other varieties found in the brown-stained water.

Home to two islands, Paradise Island and Whispering Pines Island, the lake is roughly sixty percent fishing with forty percent or less usable by recreational boats. The east end of the lake is fairly remote and serene, and wildlife is abundant. For many, Houston County Lake is a hidden gem, not widely published, mostly enjoyed by locals who know the area.

But this gem is beginning to suffer from the drought that has left Houston County under a burn ban and residents wondering how long it will be before the area sees some relief from the deficiency.

A visit to the lake will show the surprising amount of tree stumps showing above the water line – a gauge that most lake residents use to determine water loss. But a more scientific determination of the water level of Houston County Lake. The following graphs are from the waterdatafortexas.org website. The website is a product of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Water Science and Conservation Group. According to the site, the project is “part of our ongoing efforts to synthesize and communicate water-related data to scientists, policy-makers, and the public.” The precipitation and gross lake evaporation data is based on raw data collected by multiple organizations and processed by the method for spatial distribution.

On August 8, the graph shows Houston County Lake as 88.5% full.

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