After closing in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Comanche Peak's Squaw Creek Reservoir is a step closer to reopening for fishing on a limited basis.
Ashley Monts, a spokesperson for Luminant in Dallas, said Tuesday that the company has not released exact dates for the reopening or whether boating – with or without motors – will be allowed on the reservoir.
Luminant has said in previous prepared statements that it planned to reopen the lake by mid-year. The company has been exploring registration options, as well as the number of boats that may be allowed on the reservoir.
Meanwhile, employee volunteers have been setting up buoys, installing dock cleats and cleaning the parking lot in anticipation of fishing on the lake again.
“Our employees are just as excited about reopening the park as our neighbors and are working diligently to ensure the best fishing experience possible,” said Mitch Lucas, Comanche Peak site vice president. “While additional work is still needed, we're pleased to be able to tell folks that we're taking significant strides in preparing the park for eventual reopening.”
Luminant said it would provide updates as information becomes available.
As previously announced in December, Luminant plans initially to provide access to the public through charitable fishing tournaments and expects to make a decision on broader access plans later this year.
Since Sept. 11 Luminant has said it “significantly enhanced our security measures to protect Comanche Peak.” Some other nuclear facilities already have reopened their lakes for fishing.
There has been “strong interest from within our company, our community and throughout the state to allow access for recreational fishing at Squaw Creek Reservoir,” the company has said.
The lake has a surface area of about 3,200 acres. The average depth is about 46 feet.