Following spillgate failures at Lake Dunlap on May 14 and on Lake Wood two years ago, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) today said it has expanded restricted zones upstream and downstream of McQueeney Dam and upstream of TP-4 on Lake Placid.
Watercraft and recreationalists are prohibited from swimming, stopping, or anchoring within the restricted zone.
Lake McQueeney is a reservoir on the Guadalupe River five miles west of Seguin. Lake Placid is a reservoir on the Guadalupe River one-half mile southwest of Seguin.
Access will be restricted on Lake McQueeney from the McQueeney Dam to approximately 900 feet upstream, and from below the dam downstream to Highway 78 on Lake Placid. Access will be restricted upstream of TP-4 Dam, also known as Red Mill Dam, on Lake Placid in Seguin.
Restricted areas will be marked with buoys and enforced by law enforcement.
“We fully appreciate the significance of the lakes in the lives of the community and visiting recreationalists. However, with the aging infrastructure of the dams, we believe this is the best course of action to protect the public, GBRA General Manager Kevin Patteson said in a press release issued Wednesday afternoon.
GBRA experienced spillgate failures at Lake Dunlap on May 14 and on Lake Wood on March 10, 2016.
McQueeney Dam is five miles northwest of Seguin in Guadalupe County on the Guadalupe River. Construction on the dam was completed in 1928. TP-4 is approximately one-half mile southwest of Seguin on the Guadalupe River.
The pond area of Lake McQueeney is 400 acres with a storage capacity of 5,050 acre-feet. Most of the lake is 10-feet-deep with deeper sections along the center channel. Lake Placid is on the south side of McQueeney Dam with a pond area of 248 acres and a storage capacity of 2,624 acre-feet. Most of the lake is shallow with maximum depths of 30 to 35 feet near the dam.