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Lake Belton, Stillhouse Hollow to see winter partial closures


The Army Corps of Engineers proposed to close some parks along lake Belton and Stillhouse Hollow lakes during the winter.

At a meeting Wednesday night, corps officials took questions from Bell County residents that raised concerns about possible partial and full closures that could take place during the off-peak attendance months.

"80 percent of our visitation occurs in the summer," said Army Corps of Engineers Reservoir Manager, Ronnie Gruggman. "When we started looking at some of our expenses, our expenses didn't fall that way. We wanted to re-prioritize to provide a more quality service when customers are here."

The partial closures would happen at Dana Peak, Union Grove, and Stillhouse parks along with Cedar Ridge, Temple's Lake, Westcliff and Belton Lakeview. Full closures would occur at Arrowhead, Owl Creek, Winkler, White Flint, and Sparta Valley parks. 

Gruggman said if one park were to close in some capacity, another would be open within a few miles of that park.

"I don't think they ought to close it down all together," said Richard Dauer. Dauer has come to camp near Lake Belton for nearly 30 years. "There's other people that like to out here during Christmas time instead of shopping and spending money."

The Army Corps of Engineers will be taking comments from the public through August 30. To leave a comment or see the full list of closures residents can visit their website or send mail to USACE Belton Office, 3740 fm 1670, Belton, TX.

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