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Army Corps & Jasper County complete recreation and safety improvements at Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Posted on July 25, 2022

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with Jasper County officials announce the completion of new dock enhancements for visitors with disabilities and mobility issues at Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

Enhancements of the boat ramp docks located at Twin Dikes Public, Mill Creek, and San Augustine parks have been undergoing construction since May of enhancements to make them more accessible for persons with disabilities and mobility issues. Additionally, safety railing has been installed on existing docks while maintaining the primary courtesy function of loading and unloading vessels. These efforts will assist all patrons in safely transferring to and from water vessel.

Kayak launches have also been installed at Mill Creek and San Augustine parks utilizing the existing courtesy docks. Kayak users have limited launching areas on the lake, often launching from an uneven shoreline. The kayak launches provide a designated and stable platform for people entering the water.

The Army Corps of Engineers and Jasper County completed this work in unison under a newly developed partnership. The USACE provided materials and equipment, while Jasper County provided volunteers to assist in the installation of the railing and kayak launches.

Installation of the safety and recreation improvements have been completed prior the Independence Day weekend, with a formal “launch” of the new facilities over the extended Juneteenth holiday weekend. All visitors to the lake are reminded to be aware of their surroundings, be courtesy in their outdoor behavior and always wear a life jacket while on or near the water.

Please contact the Sam Rayburn project office at 409-384-5716 for additional information.

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