Cedar Creek Lake water level
Posted in the Payne Springs Forum
#1 Jan 8, 2011
Once again we watch as the waters of Cedar Creek Lake recede and property owners all around the lake are confronted by muddy beach and boats stranded for months in their hoists!
While I accept that the lake's primary purpose is to supply water to various cities in the area, it also serves as a highly promoted conduit for property development, leisure activities, retirement facilities, etc.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that this secondary lake function is being completely ignored by the TCWC, and that citizens who are enticed to invest in property along the shoreline are left high-and-dry, without water access for months on end!
Isn't it time that TCWC 'fess up' and admit that they have little regard for lakeside property owners? Alternatively, they might set the wheels in motion to designate Cedar Creek Lake as a constant-level lake.
I would like to hear some opinions from our community.
#2 Jan 10, 2011
I dont think they are trieng to hide at all the fact this lake was built for water storage. Cedar Creek will never be a constant level lake being there is not such a thing anywhere in Texas. Bigger problem is silt filling the lake with no dredging.
#3 Aug 7, 2011
Per our latest consults with several folks who do "dreging, retaining walls and boat docks" at Cedar Creek, it seems that the TCWC no longer even tacitly supports true dreging on the lake, which you think they would - at the property owner's expense. This seems counter-intuitive, as dreging allows for greater water storage capacity in the resevoir. They absolutely should: maintain a list of approved dredgers, recommend or provide accumulation sites for the dredged soil and negotiate standard rates per CF. It seems what TCWC does do: Encourage property owners to tear down their docs and rebuild them with longer walkways futher and further out into the water OR build a second retaining wall further out into the water and dump all the dreged material between the first and second wall. This second option also does not restore lake capacity We have even found that two of the folks who claim to do Cedar Creek dreding would not provide us dredging service at all without the tear-down and rebuild of our current dock (which is in great condition)
BTW - we've been on Cedar Creek for 41 years-there was a time when true dredging services were available.
#4 Jul 7, 2014
you all know that most of the water to fill the lake comes from the creeks and streams from the north end of the lake. as far as I can remember everyone has called the north end the shallow end of the lake. they say the lake is 3.5 feet low now. but by looking where the water is and how much it will take to get back to my shoreline is totally different. since the lakes existence how much silt do you think has filled in mainly from the run off to the coves. wouldn't this also explain why the level would be different from where it is measured by the spillway? just wondering if any one else sees this.
#5 Dec 3, 2017
I live at the end of a channel on cedar creek lake and with silt and drain water emptying in my channel i think it is the county or the lake authority responsibility to dredge my channel.I have just moved here from another state and don't know much how this is all managed but if there is a department or person I can contact on this matter I would appreciate any info
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