Recent rain storms have put Lake Texoma into its flood control pool. The lake has risen 9 feet in the past week and is expected to crest on Monday, May 11 at 627 feet above sea level. At this point the lake will be 12 feet above its normal level.
Impounded in 1944, Lake Texoma has seen water run over its spillway three times. The first was in 1957, the second and perhaps the most memorable was in May of 1990, when the lake reached the highest pool of record at 644.76 feet. The third time was less than two years ago in July of 2007.
So where do you start with your perfect sailing adventure? You can start exploring Port Douglas. You can find the Four Mile Beach where the fine white sands offer the most excellent getaway for both families and couples. The nice views of the clear-blue seas provide a backdrop for those who are looking for photo opportunities. On top of the Four Mile Beach is the Flagstaff Hill, which give you the most excellent view of the entire town. The pina coladas and other tropical drinks coming from Marina Mirage satisfy your thirst you await the return of your yacht.
The two lake records came within the last decade. The Oklahoma record, 7.80 pounds, was caught by Aaron Fidrich on March 22, 2003. The fish was taken on crank-bait in the mid-regions online login of Texoma. The Texas record, 7.06 pounds, was caught by Jay Fuller on January 29, 2006. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife report this smallmouth was caught with a jig in 20 feet of water on the bluff banks outside of Eisenhower Marina.
Last but certainly not least is Palo Duro Canyon State Park. This place is known as the “Grand Canyon” of Texas. There are activities such as horseback riding, hiking, camping, and RV amenities. Once you are settled for the afternoon, get ready to watch the sun set over Lighthouse Rock. This place is absolutely breathtaking. If you can’t get to the Grand Canyon, visit here.
Maine State Parks are also an option for those with pets. Dogs must be on a four foot leash and supervised at all times. The only exception is Sebago Lake State Park, which does not allow dogs. They are never allowed on state beaches. Sandy Point in Stockton Springs offers several miles of wooded trails and miles of beach to walk. Seals are frequently seen sunning on the rocks and an occasional porpoise is seen breaking the water. The area is also home to several osprey nests and a local pair of bald eagles are often seen fishing just off the shore. Other frequent visitors include moose, fox, and bobcat, and a beaver has made its’ home on the Amazon Stream. This area also has several historic sites and an abundance of wildlife.
Tourism is the main business up here, and they do it very well. The Inn keepers at your B7B will be more than happy to fill you in on all that is going on in the area besides the Winter Carnival. Also, they know all the best places to eat. Come on up for the carnival, get a feel for the area and just maybe you will want to come back in the summer when Saranac Lake is in full swing.