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Oct 22, 2013 3:08 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Recreational Activities to Rise Right Along with Lake Levels

MATHIS - Officials at Lake Corpus Christi State Park are preparing for a flood of visitors thanks the recent rains. Boating and fishing at the park took a big hit because of the drought.

Now, the lake level is on the rise and that's especially good news for businesses in the Sunrise Beach area.

As of today, the lake levels are at 39.9%, up from 25% last week.

Some people living there, like Emil Dean, says he's ready to reap the benefits.

"I'm glad to see it coming back up because they can launch some boats from there now," Dean said.

Dean added that he's ready to reel in the chance to finally get back out on the water. He and his wife come to Lake Corpus Christi every year, for the past 8 years and have literally seen the ups and downs at Sunrise Beach.

Park manager, Bert Hill says with lake levels on the rise like they are, by the end of the week the boat ramp could be back open to the public.

"We're looking at the next 65 feet of land would be under water within the next 2 or 3 days, so the boat ramp will be open," Hill said.

He added that with water levels rising, crews have been busy moving buoys up and cutting the grass.

Plus, it'll soon be time for signs like these to come down for the first time since 2007.

"It's gradually gone up and down since then but right now it's coming back up and we're all excited about it," Hill said.

Especially for folks like Dean, who can't get his fishing pole ready fast enough.

"You've got to have new line because you never know what you're going to get a hold of out here, maybe one of those alligator gar," Dean said.

With the public heading back to the lake, Hill says they'll see a boost in revenue because recreational activities like fishing will pick up.

"Boat activity, swimming, all camping activity, everything increases when the lake levels are up, jet skis all kinds of water craft activity," Hill said.

Park officials are expecting some flooding as the lake levels rise. However, they're not worried because the flood zones are in areas where vehicles and campers are not allowed.

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