ATV Park Could Boost Revenue for White River Lake

Officials are looking to ad an ATV park to make up for lost revenue, since lake levels dropped in 2011.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

LUBBOCK, TX-White River Lake is going broke.

“We are spending lots of money on research to find more water and develop more water wells,” Plant Superintendent Tim Walker said.

West Texas has been in a drought since 2011, draining the park of its' most valuable resource.

“The recreation is down because of the lake level, we no longer allow boats on the lake,” Walker said.

No boats, means no money, and that drives water costs up.

But Tim Walker and his co-workers at the White River Lake Municipal Water District have a plan.

They are building an ATV park.

“An ATV park would bring more income mainly because we rely on recreation as a big part of our income,” Walker said. “The recreation is down because of the lake level. We no longer allow boats on the lake.”

In order for the park to actually create revenue off of the lake they would have to let boats on the water, but right now that is not possible.

Walker said they need about four or five more feet for fishing boats, and about eight more feet of water for sporting boats.

The district is partnering with Texas parks and wildlife, and has two years to put the first plan into action, thanks to a grant they received from the state.

“It’s an 80/20 grant,” Walker said.

The plan has met opposition, from four of the 30 full time residents of White River Lake.

Walker said they are taking resident concerns, into consideration.

“Right now they are concerned about being disturbed,” Walker said. “Like I said we’re waiting on the master plans, to make sure we are taking in all of their concerns.” 

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