Special to the Reporter
Get your fishing rods, bait and boats ready - Squaw Creek Park is reopening for fishing on a limited basis starting Friday, June 4.
"We appreciate the strong community support during the reopening process and are thrilled to once again welcome our neighbors out to enjoy some great bank and boat fishing," said Mitch Lucas, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant site vice president. "We hope all of our guests enjoy the recently renovated park and the entire experience, both of which are due to the hard work and dedication of our employees who volunteered hundreds of hours to make this reopening possible."
Opening day will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7 a.m., with fishing beginning immediately thereafter and lasting until 4 p.m. Those interested in boat fishing must visit www.Luminant.com/SquawCreekPark starting June 1 to secure a reservation; reservations are not required for bank fishing. Visitors will be charged a minimal park maintenance fee upon entry to cover the cost of maintaining park roads and facilities. A fee of $30, which covers all occupants, will be charged per boat; the fee for bank fishing is $5 (only cash will be accepted).
Moving forward, the park's standard hours of operation will be from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday for bank fishing and Friday through Sunday for boat fishing on a limited basis. Following opening weekend, guests will be able to register for the upcoming weekend beginning each Monday. Visitors can select only one day per weekend (Friday - Sunday) to boat fish.
For more information on Squaw Creek Park fishing, fees and rules and regulations, please see the below Q&A.
Q: Where is the park located?
A: Squaw Creek Park is located at 2300 Coates Road, Granbury, Texas 76048. The park can be found off State Highway 144, which runs north and south between highways 377 and 67. It is 45 miles southwest of Fort Worth, halfway between Granbury and Glen Rose.
Q: What do I need to know before I go?
Reservations are not required for bank fishing, though they are required for boat fishing. A registration website will be launching next week that will allow guests to reserve space on a designated date.
Guests will be able to register for the upcoming weekend beginning each Monday, with the exception of opening weekend. Registration will begin Tuesday morning during regular business hours due to the Memorial Day holiday. Visitors can select only one day per weekend (Friday - Sunday) to boat fish.
The admission fee (cash only) for bank fishing is $5 per person. Admission for bank fishing is free to those ages 16 and under or 80 and over.
A park operations and maintenance fee of $30 (cash only) will be charged per boat. One reservation and fee covers a single boat and its occupants.
Upon arrival at the park, you must present a printed copy of the confirmation page or e-mail and a valid driver's license at the park guardhouse.
From time to time the park may be closed or have a delayed opening due to weather, lake conditions or other reasons. It is best to call 817-573-7053 in advance to confirm the park is open.
Pets are welcome, but must be leashed while in the park and under control at all times.
Q: How do I cancel a reservation?
A: As a courtesy to those who may be on a waiting list, please call 817-573-7053 to cancel a reservation. Please note: reservations for registrants who have not arrived by noon will be canceled.?
Q: Is a waiting list available if the boat maximum has been met on a particular day?
A: The boat maximum is 100 boats per day. If availability has been met, you can call 817-573-7053 on the morning of the day you would like to fish to check for cancellations. You can also check in after noon for potential availability due to no-shows.
Quick Facts about Squaw Creek Reservoir:
Owned and operated by Luminant
Surface area is approximately 3,200 acres
Average depth is approximately 46 feet
For more information, visit www.Luminant.com/SquawCreekPark.