FRITCH , TX (KFDA) - Lake officials said the water level at Lake Meredith is up 50-feet higher than it was in its drought years.
A great fishing season has also brought many visitors to the lake this spring.
“Through partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Division, they’ve restocked the lake with several species of fish and the fishing has been great. So we’re seeing a lot of increased visitation over the last few years here at the park and really anticipating a big jump this year,” said Superintendent of Lake Meredith Recreation Area Eric Smith.
And with more boats at the lake, comes a need for more space on the docks.
“It gets busy enough down here at Sanford Yake and Fritch Fortress where it gets crowded and everybody’s really trying to launch or retrieve their boats at the same time, as well as people trying to, that don’t have access to boats, are fishing on the docks,” explained Smith.
To help with crowding, the number of boat slips at the lake are going to double from 20 total to 20 at each dock.
Smith said they’re making a slow return to what the lake’s old marina used to offer years ago.
“The marina was damaged and it had to be removed. The visitation here to the lake was not that big so a few small docks was sufficient to handle the visitation level that had,” he said.
Business is also booming at Wright-On Bait, Tackle and Watercraft Rental.
“We are now doubling what our sales normally are from the previous two years, so people know we’re here, people are enjoying the level of the lake and business has been outstanding,” said the owner Dave Wright.
Ten new RV sites with running water and electricity are also almost consistently rented out at the lake’s campgrounds.
Smith said at Lake Meredith, they’ll always be dedicated to accommodating visitors each year.
“I have put in for additional project funds to try to get additional dock space or an additional fishing pier here at Sanford Yake. That’s still yet to be seen, if we can get that funding over the next few years, but that’s kind of our goal is to really provide those recreation opportunities to both boaters and non-boaters here at the lake,” he said.
Smith said the new boat slips will be installed beginning next week and should be finished by Memorial Day weekend.