Kickapoo Marina, on the outskirts of Onalaska, TX has new boat slip offerings. http://www.kickapoomarina.com/boatslips.htm
Lakeside RV Resort and Marina is now affiliated with Kampgrounds Of America (KOA). Check out the Web site at http://www.lakesidervresort.net/
Recent rains have brought the lake up to its normal level, and all boat launches that were closed due to reduced lake levels are back in service.
Bald Eagles are among the winter visitors to the lake. While some are full-time residents of the lake area, the population increases in the winter months. A large adult eagle was sighted mid-morning on FM980 near Waterwood Drive on December 6th . For more information, see:
Cove Marina, near the north end of the lake, has new owners, Larry and Patti George. The facility is being remodeled, and will re-open in January, 2012. Cove Marina is a full-service facility, offering Camping, Groceries and RV rental.
The Riverside free boat launch at Highway 19 and the Trinity River bridge is open. The launch at Cove Marina is reported closed.
Commercial launches at Lakside RV and Beacon Bay are the only two know open. Others are reported closed due to lower lake level.
With Lake Livingston now about 3 feet below normal (128 ft msl at this post), and the formation of a sand bar blocking access to the Trinity River channel. The free Ryan’s Ferry Boat Launch, operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife is not currently usable. This boat launch is on the west side of the 190 causeway over the lake, just outside of Onalaska.
The commercial boat launch on the east end of the causeway at Lakeside RV Resort is open.
Recently a rumor has been circulating around the Lake, to the effect that the level of Lake Livingston will be dropped 10-12 feet during the scheduled construction of a hydroelectric facility at the Livingston dam. NOT TRUE. Construction of the hydroelectric plant is a possibility, but an executive of the Trinity River Authority, which operates Lake Livingston, stated that construction will employ a coffer dam, and lake levels will not be impacted. Operation of this plant, if built will be “run of the river”, to minimize operational impact on the Lake. For more information, contact the Trinity River Authority