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.
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GBRA's Lake McQueeney Dam Repair Considerations
For More Information:
Ja'Nise Solitaire, 830-379-5822, firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2016 one of the gates on the Lake Wood dam was damaged beyond repair when there was relatively low flow. The chain reaction began with a failure of the top brace of one side. Next, the other top braces broke, this was followed by internal pressure causing the entire gate to break loose from its concrete foundation. The damage to the gate made the entire dam totally unusable for its intended purpose. See photo down below.
A catastrophic failure on one section of the gates on Lake McQueeney similar to Lake Wood's gate could result in injury or death to personnel downstream, especially those on Lake Placid, not to mention property damage, and years of repair/replacement. There is mainly farmland below Lake Wood.
FOLM has coordinated for months on the options available, such as working on Lake Gonzales first (up to 9 months work) this summer followed by McQueeney; however in the event of a high water event, the risks of losing a gate would be catastrophic for years. There are no good options worth the risk.
Following the 2016 failure of the H-5 "Lake Wood" dam, leadership at GBRA began a process of repairing the gates at the hydroelectric dams:
-Replacement of both gates at Lake Wood dam with modern hydraulic crest gates is estimated to be nine million dollars and take 2 years to construct/install.
-GBRA's sole source of revenue for operating, maintaining, and replacing gate infrastructure is from the sale of hydro-electric generated electricity to GVEC.
-GBRA currently does not have the funds or revenue from the sale of electricity to fund the replacement gates at Lake Wood or the other dams. Current repairs are funded from a temporary GBRA intra-fund loan.
-GBRA Engineers were asked by management to complete repairs on the 90 year old existing dams to replace the components that failed at Lake Wood in order to preserve the lakes and GBRA's ability to generate/sell hydro-electricity. The engineers also recommend order of repair on the dams based on concerns of failure. In order of priority was Lake Nolte, Placid, McQueeney, and Gonzales. Lake Dunlap's has already had repairs in 2010 and 2012.
-Work began on gates on Lake Nolte and Placid in August 2017 with the expectation all dams would be completed prior to Memorial Day 2018; however, delays due to Hurricane Harvey and other weather conditions/needs of each gate has continued to push the timeframes longer.
-The repairs also include replacement of structural steel inside the dam which is based on an evaluation by a structural engineer once the repair crews are inside the dam. Because the amount of replacement steel needed is not known in advance, a detailed schedule for completion at each dam cannot be generated.
-Repairs at McQueeney will take at least 6 months and could be much longer depending on weather delays and the amount of steel to replace.
-Currently the National Weather Service (NWS) indicates we are in an El Nino pattern, which usually means drier conditions for our area; however, NWS is also predicting a shift towards a La Nina pattern this fall which trends towards higher rainfall for our region Due to the current lower flows, now is an opportune time to complete the work, whereas if delayed until fall, chances of heavy rains or flooding increase, as does a failure similar to gates on Lake Wood.
-GBRA does not recommend delaying the work schedule. An event similar to the floods in past years could trigger such a failure.
-If the work on Lake McQueeney is delayed and work begins on Lake Gonzales, it could be six to nine months or later before work on McQueeney begins, and that could take well over six months and go into the summer of 2019.
-With the water down 18 " - 24" more than 50% of the lake is navigable.
-The Lake McQueeney Dam is estimated date for repairs may be as early as May 29, 2018.
-A 30 day notice will be provided by GBRA when they have a firm start date.
Reminder: Once the lake is lower, if you have a lake pump, turn it off if the intake will be exposed at lower levels.
Photo of the Lake Wood Dam after the catastrophic gate failure in 2016
GBRA Seeks Comments On New Permit Program
On March 28th, The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority made a presentation seeking stakeholder input related to the proposed revisions to GBRA's permit program along the hydro lakes. They have given May 1 as a deadline for comments, so that any changes may be considered in the recommendation to the GBRA Board on May 16.
The GBRA Permit Program Presentation can be download as
a PDF file: Click Here (Large file, may be slow to load)
If you have any questions or suggestions, please direct them to Jonathan Stinson,
Deputy General Manager,Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority at 830-379-5822 or email,
email@example.com. Comments can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
New Emergency Notification System- Register Now
News Release Media Contact:TPWD News, email@example.com,
Zebra Mussels Discovered in CanyonLake
AUSTIN — Invasive zebra mussels have now
been positively identified in the GuadalupeRiver Basin in what is
now the state’s southernmost affected lake.
and Wildlife Department (TPWD) fisheries biologists and game wardens confirmed
the presence of zebra mussels atCanyon LakeJune
8. Employees at CanyonLakeMarina
noticed the zebra mussels while working on a boat that had been stored in a
slip at Crane’s Mill Marina and contacted TPWD to report the discovery
and to get verification.
“This is the first
positive documentation of zebra mussels in CanyonLake and in the GuadalupeRiver Basin,”
said Brian Van Zee, Inland Fisheries regional director for TPWD.
“Although marina staff have intercepted several incoming boats over the
years that had invasive mussels attached, it is essential that boats stored on
infested lakes be decontaminated before they’re moved as they are a key
pathway for spreading this invasive species.”
The rapidly reproducing zebra
mussels, originally from Eurasia, can have serious economic, environmental and
recreational impacts on Texas
reservoirs and rivers. Zebra mussels can cover shoreline rocks and litter
beaches with treacherously sharp shells, clog public-water intakes, and damage
boats and motors left in infested waters.
unfortunate not only for the reservoir but also for downstream resources
– including the GuadalupeRiver and the reservoirs
downstream from Canyon Dam,” said Van Zee.
is an 8,230-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir on the GuadalupeRiver,
located 30 miles north of San Antonio and 40
miles southwest of Austin.
and all of the reservoirs downstream of CanyonLake are now at risk of invasion as
zebra mussel larvae disperse downstream, including LakeDunlap, LakeMcQueeney,
Lake Placid, MeadowLake, LakeGonzales (H-4), and LakeWood
state-listed threatened freshwater mussels found in the GuadalupeRiver basin
could now be negatively impacted, including the Texas Pimpleback,
the Golden Orb and the Texas Fatmucket.
documented in other parts of the country is that zebra mussels can colonize on
the shells of native mussels, and reach a density where they essentially
smother and suffocate the native mussels,” Van Zee said.
Since zebra mussels were first
found in Texas in 2009, 10 lakes in four river basins are now classified as
infested, meaning they have an established, reproducing population –
Belton, Bridgeport, Dean Gilbert (a 45-acre Community Fishing Lake in Sherman),
Eagle Mountain, Lewisville, Randell, Ray Roberts, Stillhouse Hollow, Texoma and now
Van Zee said that the
lake’s popularity as a boating destination for Texans around the state
combined with its deep water and suitable habitat made it vulnerable to the
spread of zebra mussels.
“Unfortunately, I think
this is a textbook scenario of a zebra mussel infestation that is the result of
a contaminated boat being launched in the lake,” Van Zee said. “It
really hits home how important it is for boaters to take ownership of the
problem and to take the appropriate steps before moving a boat with zebra
mussels attached as well as to clean, drain and dry their boats every time they
leave a lake. We know that Texans love their lakes and rivers and by taking
these three simple steps they do a lot of good toward helping prevent further
spread of invasive species in our state.”
In Texas, it is unlawful to possess or
transport zebra mussels, dead or alive. Boaters are required to drain all water
from their boat and onboard receptacles before leaving or approaching a body of
fresh water in order to prevent the transfer of zebra mussels that might be
inside. Zebra mussel larvae are microscopic and both adults and larvae can
survive for days in or on boats transported from a lake. The requirement to
drain applies to all types and sizes of boats whether powered or not: personal
watercraft, sailboats, kayaks/canoes or any other vessel used on public waters.
In addition to the adults and
juveniles found in the lake, plankton samples collected from CanyonLake
also found zebra mussel larvae at multiple sites, meaning the lake has a fully
established infestation. TPWD is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
as well as the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority to continue to assess the
extent of the infestation on CanyonLake.
Boater awareness and education
is very important when it comes to the issue of invasive species and TPWD will
continue working with its partners across the state to spread the word to
More information about zebra
mussels can be found online at tpwd.texas.gov/ZebraMussels.
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.
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.
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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.
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