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Photo by Duane A. Laverty

This has been a rare summer that boaters, fishermen and swimmers have not been on Lake Waco. Springtime flooding overwhelmed the parks, swimming beaches and Lake Waco Marina. Even campers have been affected because of flooded campgrounds.

Any other summer would find the lake — a reservoir with the dam located on the Bosque River — filled with boats. The lake is run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Fishing for catfish and largemouth bass is excellent on the lake, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.

The lake has four campgrounds: Airport Park, Reynolds Creek Park, Midway Park and Speegleville Park. RV, tent and group camping facilities are available. Camping is permitted in designated areas. Airport Beach in Airport Park has a roped-off swimming area when the lake level isn’t high.

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The Heart of Texas Miniature Aircraft Club (HOTMAC) has an 800-foot-long runway for flying radio-controlled model aircraft near Speegleville Park.

ONLINE: www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/waco/ (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

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