Rain brings business back to White River Lake - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/11/10

Rain brings business back to White River Lake

By Michael Slother  | email

WHITE RIVER, TX (KCBD) – Last week's flooding caused lots of problems for Lubbock, but may have saved summer fun at White River Lake. Before the storm the lake was 24 feet below normal water levels. Only one of the several boat ramps was open and docks extended to cover dried mud instead of water. Some of the areas underwater Sunday were used by 4-wheelers just one month ago.

White River Marina owner O.A. Smith says the rain couldn't have come at a better time. "I look at it as a godsend. I had faith that the lake would catch some water and it has. We're good to go for another two years anyway."

On Sunday, Smith saw visitors he hasn't seen in years. Aside from the regulars, he's starting to see some move from other area lakes. Brad Smith was one of those boaters. "The water level always kept us away for the last eight years with this boat, but now that it's back up, it's great," Smith told KCBD NewsChannel 11.

It wasn't just boaters who enjoyed the lake, but fisherman as well. Floyd Cannon likes fishing, but said he hasn't dropped a line in White River Lake in over four years.  "I heard it caught a little water, so I thought I'd just give it a shot and see what happens," said Cannon.

Smith is excited to see business growing. He saw more than 50 boats Saturday and expects three times that amount next weekend. All of the boat ramps are open again, many of which were closed for the last five years or more.

"It means a future; I mean it means a future for White River Lake. Without water, White River Municipal Water District ceases to exist. The cities would have to go elsewhere to find their water."

Crosbyton, Post, Ralls, and Spur all use water from White River Lake.


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