Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Scenic Steinhagen Lake

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

The boat launch on the eastern side of Steinhagen Lake remains unusable on Thursday, June 21, 2007. Steinhagen Lake near Jasper was refilled with water after it was drained to kill invasive plant species.

A public boat ramp on the western side of Steinhagen Lake remains clogged with growth after the lake was refilled.

A truck passes on a repaired U.S. Highway 190 bridge while canoes await rental by campers in Martin Dies Jr. State Park. The Texas Department of Transportation made repairs to U.S. Highway 190 bridges over the lake while it was drained.

A cattle egret flies over the swimming area of Martin Dies Jr. State Park. Much of the lake is about seven feet deep while it is 35 feet in the deepest part of the Neches River channel.

The swimming and picnic areas of Martin Dies Jr. State Park remains unused. The Hen House Ridge Camping Unit is open for visitors. The Walnut Ridge Unit is still under repair from Hurricane Rita.

Water begins to kill plants that grew on the lake bed while Steinhagen Lake was dry.

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