Friends of Lake McQueeney (FOLM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality of Lake McQueeney, Texas, for the enjoyment of all those who live, work, and play on it's waters.
This site is primarily designed for our members to access information and news about FOLM and the Lake, contact board members, and find useful links to other sites that may be helpful.
You can join or renew your membership online: Click Here
Extreme caution and safety is recommended for this upcoming 4th of July weekend during the boat "parade". In the past two years there have been numerous people hurt and boats damaged by water balloons launched at high velocity. Some were even using frozen water balloons.
If you should have an issue on the 4th, the recommendation from law enforcement is to take pictures of the individuals, the injured people or property and immediately call 911 and ask for the Sheriff's office and/or the Game Wardens. Try to provide a street address or land location since they can respond much faster than by water. Provide them with enough information for them to win a case in court.
FOLM is not and has never been the organizer of this event. We just want everyone to have a fun, safe time this year.
New Emergency Notification System- Register Now
New Emergency Notification
System- Register Now
There is an important new emergency notification system
being established on the following Guadalupe County Emergency and Fire Marshal
Beginning January 1, 2016 the Regional Emergency
Alert Network is switching over to a new Mass Notification Service. This is a
supplement to television and radio. You can begin registration immediately by
clicking on the following link to activate service:
recommend you follow the link, create and account and sign up for this
notification system. The advantage of this system is you specify where
to be notified, on your mobile number, text account, email address or home
phone. This system, like the Tri-County Emergency Notification system, alerts
you where you specify.
IMPORTANT ALERT: In the last couple of months we have experienced
several thefts and vandalism in areas around the lake.
There have been three occasions near the Ski
Lodge where someone has broken into weekend homes, spent the night, stole TV's
and other items and in one instance, set two easy chairs on fire. The
speculation is it didn't burn the house down because of lack of oxygen.
There was another loss in Lake Ridge where a
member had a new ski boat with expensive stereo equipment stolen from the boat.
Yesterday one of our members had a two story
house on the river that was broken into, items stolen and the house set on fire
and suffered a total loss. This arson, theft and vandalism is senseless and needs to be stopped as soon as possible.
The Sheriff's office has been contacted in each
instance and will increase vigilance and patrols in the area. There is
also some concern that this activity may be occurring by boat.
It is important for all to notify our friends and
neighbors, especially those who are full time resident, and ask them to be on
the watch for suspicious activity, both by vehicle and boat, and report it
immediately to the Sheriff's office.
It is also important to notify FOLM thru our web
site or one of your Board Members to keep us informed.
Slow Down For Police Boats With Flashing Lights
There seems to be wide spread lack of knowledge regarding a relatively new boating law. It reads as follows:
"Sec. 31.123. REQUIRED RESPONSE TO POLICE WATER SAFETY VESSEL. The operator of a vessel underway, on sighting a rotating or flashing blue beacon light, shall reduce power immediately and bring the vessel to a no-wake speed and subsequent stop until the intention of the water safety vessel is understood."
It the same as slowing down on the highway when a Trooper has a vehicle stopped.
This protects the safety of the officers and the occupants of the stopped boat, plus the potential for damage to the vessels. When a boat is stopped and another boat comes by causing even a small wake, boats bounce together with a potential for injury and/or damage.
This is common courtesy. Please note and adhere to this statute. You or your children may be the ones involved. Please protect all personnel and watercraft involved..Notice: GBRA Now Requires Permit For Stump/Tree Removal If you wish to cut stumps from the water in the vicinity of your property, check out the new GBRA guidelines and permit requirements here:Stump Removal Guidelines/Process
Krueger Canyon Dam Flood Retention Structure Complete
The flood retention dam across Dry Comal Creek in Comal County is substantially complete. This is the latest of 5 flood retardation structures on the Dry Comal Creek built for the purpose of taking the peak off of flood events by storing water and releasing the impounded water over several days. Combined, they will temporarily impound about 21,971 acre feet of water. They will help with flash flooding peaks that come out of the steep hills in the Dry Comal Creek drainage area, which is extensive. It then flows into the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels and impacts everyone downstream in the river basin. Here are some interesting stats: Construction Cost: $20,000,000 (Approximate) Easement Cost (83.027 Ac.): $0 Drainage Area: 3,590 Acres Dam Height: 85 Feet Dam Length: 1,500 Feet Volume of Fill: 69,912 Cubic Yards Storage: 2,880 Acre-Feet Surface Area: 120 Acres
Think You Know If Someone Is Drowning When You See It?
Check Out This Article For Revealing Information.
Public Boat Ramp Status
Every week we get emails asking about the boat ramp situation on the Lake. Since the closing of McQueeney Marina, there are currently NO public ramps or private, fee based boat ramps on Lake McQueeney. While the Lake is a public waterway, the State has not provided public access. Existing boat ramps are either those that are maintained by various subdivisions for their residents use or other ramps on private property. GBRA is looking at the situation in conjunction other state agencies as they develop their Lake Management Plan. We will post any updates on changes they institute as they occur. FOLM is not a governmental agency and has no authority regarding the opening or maintaining of boat ramps. Inquiries should be directed to GBRA and/or Texas Parks and Wildlife.
FOLM partners with the Guadalupe Basin Coalition in Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP)
Click Here for more about FOLM’s active role in protecting the aquifer, our springs, river flow, and water sources. See latest news about the US Fish and Wildlife approval of plans. This will be one of the most important issues we deal with in the coming years.
Do You Move Your Boat To And From Different Lakes?
What you can’t see can damage your boat and harm Texas lakes.
Zebra mussels are an invasive species that produce millions of microscopic larvae that can hide in your boat. Adults reach 1 ½ inches and attach to your boat’s motor, hull and to other hard surfaces. Zebra mussels can seriously hamper your boat’s performance and are devastating to our native plants, fish and wildlife. They also threaten our water supply.
Watch this short video to learn how you save your boat and our lakes by preventing the spread of zebra mussels when you properly clean, drain and dry your boat, trailer and gear.
The rules and regulations to the right were passed during the March 22, 2006 Guadalupe- Blanco River Authority’s Board of Directors meeting. Representatives from theTexas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office and Lake- Wide Associations met with GBRA staff to consider regulations to enhance water safety regarding the equipment and operation of towed or pulled recreation devices; and to discuss water-safety issues in general. A Resolution was drafted and reviewed by the TPWD, Sheriff’s Office and the Lake-Wide Associations before being presented to the GBRA Board. The GBRA Resolution establishes rules and regulations for the equipment and operation of certain recreational devices referred to as and Regulations For Lake Dunlap, Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, Lake Nolte (Meadow Lake), Lake H-4 (Lake Gonzales) and Lake H-5 (Lake Wood) in Comal, Guadalupe and Gonzales counties.
Special Traffic Rules For Treasure Island Bridge
GBRA has also established “traffic lanes” under the Treasure Island Bridge. Click the link below to see the map that shows the “lanes” for boats and PWCs passing under the bridge. Any jet ski (PWC) passing under the bridge will be at a no wake speed. Signage will also be posted on the bridge to designate lanes.
Fishing, stopping or anchoring within 100 feet of the bridge is prohibited. The towing of tubes or other inflatables is prohibited under the bridge.
GBRA's Resolution plus other Resolutions currently in place can be found on the GBRA website, www.gbra.org, under Lake Management.
Note: GBRA has restricted traffic upstream by PWC's (jet skis and wave runners) from the powerhouse across from the Bandit to the Dunlap Dam. See here for more details.
- Fixed Ramps, Rails Prohibited The installation of fixed ramps, rails, or other devices for the use of riding or sliding with a wake-board is prohibited.
- Towing or Pulling of Inflatables A motor powered boat or PWC towing or pulling of an inflatable device, or other devise known as a “water-toy” herein referred to as “inflatable” that is attached by rope or other method to a motor powered boat or PWC must be operated so that the motor powered boat or PWC AND the “inflatable” maintain a minimum distance of 50 feet from another vessel, the shoreline, or a fixed structure at all times, except when operating at head-way speed. This regulation does not apply to an operator or individual pulling or towing a skier or wake-boarder utilizing a hand-held rope or lanyard.
Violations of these regulations is a Class C misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of $25 to $500.
- A Note About Hazardous Wakes and Wakesurfing Recognizing the limited size and narrow features of many areas of Lake McQueeney, wake surfing and large wakes can destroy bulkheads and create dangerous conditions for other boaters. So please be respectful of other boaters and homeowners when engaging in this activity.
Click on the links to the left or above to explore the site. If you have any suggestions for useful additions to this site, please go to: Contact FOLM
Have some fun pictures (old or new) you want to share?
If they are related to Lake McQueeney, contact Rick Thelen via the contact page. We will try to put new pictures on the site from time to time to keep it interesting.
Friends of Lake McQueeney • P.O. Box 781, McQueeney, Texas, 78123