Inks Lake State Park closed


Buchanan Dam gates open; state park closes

Flood gates were opened on Buchanan Dam last week to release excess water from rain received in the Colorado River basin. As a result, Inks Lake State Park was flooded and closed.

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

After buckets of rain filled the Colorado and Llano Rivers on Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Lower Colorado River Authority made the decision to open eight flood gates at Buchanan Dam to release much of the floodwaters.

This in turn created a hazard for residents living along Buchanan, Inks, Wirtz, Starcke, Mansfield, and Tom Miller dams as waters began to rush through the Highland Lakes on Tuesday evening.

To ensure the safety of its campers and visitors, officials at Inks Lake State Park decided to close their trails on Tuesday, Oct. 16 when the first four gates were opened.

Upon the next four gates being opened on Wednesday, Oct. 17, park officials made the decision to close the park entirely, moving campers out and discouraging other visitors as waters continued to rise.

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