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DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES

Posted By: Taildragger

DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/02/21 03:44 PM

NO MORE BOAT RAMP ACCESS AT Corp of Engineer parks. There are changes taking place at Somerville and other Army Corp of Engineer parks on Texas lakes! The rules may be slightly different at other lakes.

A few years ago when I turned 62, they were pushing the America the Beautiful Lifetime PassFor $80.00. The pass holder benefits were free boat launch fees, and 50% discount on camping fees at national parks and COE parks.

I was Lake Somerville’s Yegua & Rocky Creek parks this weekend. It is posted that, as of Oct 1, 2021, they will no longer be recognizing the ATB Annual or Lifetime senior passes for free boat launches! That’s the main reason I purchased the pass!

Be Aware: Oct 1, NO ONE can access the boat ramps unless you have a camping reservation. There will be no cash or credit cards taken at the park entrances. The gates are currently staffed with contract employees but as of Oct 1, the staff will be volunteers only and will be eventually transitioning to an automated entry.

They are recommending boater use Overlook or a free ramp outside of Yegua Creek for day users but I’m a kayaker and that puts me a long way from my favorite fishing holes!

If you have the same concerns please see the attached link and call to voice your concerns.

These two links announce the changes.

https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/Medi...ies-at-somerville-lakes-yegua-creek-and/

https://kwhi.com/additional-operational-changes-for-lake-somerville-parks/
Posted By: TexDawg

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/02/21 03:50 PM

That seems a kinda chitty thing to do
Posted By: Donpilot

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/02/21 03:53 PM

I would think a first year lawyer could get them to honor/rebate/prorate your lifetime pass. Simple breach of contract?
Posted By: a777pilot

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/02/21 04:28 PM

The new Dems in charge just don't care. They just want your money.

Hunter needs money for more drugs and under aged girls.
Posted By: Taildragger

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/02/21 04:29 PM

That does suck. Hurts even more by just not allowing boaters to use the available ramps even if we do have to pay the fee.
Posted By: Tsunami_1

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/02/21 04:35 PM

Did it mention if this was going to be temporary? Maybe due to Covid? If not it does seem that you would either be grandfathered in or they should return some or all your money. This is the opinion of a man that has never spent a day in Court so take that into consideration.

Best of luck getting it worked out.
Posted By: banker-always fishing

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/02/21 05:45 PM

There are plenty of COE lakes in Texas. Wonder how much change the others will have? noidea Wonder what the reasoning behind the changes? hmmm
Posted By: RayBob

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/02/21 06:48 PM

Rayburn is COE. Can't imagine them doing this there. I have the Golden Age/Senior pass.
Posted By: RayBob

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/02/21 06:53 PM

Can't find any of this via Google. My card says "Lifetime Pass".
Posted By: 206champion

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/02/21 07:00 PM

Originally Posted by a777pilot
The new Dems in charge just don't care. They just want your money.

Hunter needs money for more drugs and under aged girls.

Lol
Posted By: BillS2006

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/02/21 07:14 PM

My Senior Lifetime Plus Pass says it is good for entry fees, and MAY entitle me to discounts, MAY NOT cover concession facilities or activities. As I understand it, launch ramps are concession facilities.

BTW, I paid $10 for my pass, just before they went up to $80. Thank you AARP.
Posted By: BigDozer66

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/02/21 10:58 PM

whip
Posted By: basscaster46

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/03/21 12:34 AM

It ain’t just sommerville look it up.
Posted By: RayBob

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/03/21 03:34 AM

Originally Posted by basscaster46
It ain’t just sommerville look it up.


I tried looking it up. Can't find anything when I search COE and passes or loss of pass privileges.

How about posting the link where you found it happening other places.
Posted By: learnin to fish

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/03/21 01:18 PM

I looked it up last night. They are just trying to reduce the amount of traffic in an already overflowing campground. Campers need access to the boat ramp they paid to camp in. They are still allowing passes to access day use boat ramps. Only pertains to campground boat ramps.
Posted By: BigDozer66

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/03/21 03:11 PM

Originally Posted by learnin to fish
I looked it up last night. They are just trying to reduce the amount of traffic in an already overflowing campground. Campers need access to the boat ramp they paid to camp in. They are still allowing passes to access day use boat ramps. Only pertains to campground boat ramps.

cheers
Posted By: BOZZ

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/03/21 07:30 PM

Originally Posted by RayBob
Originally Posted by basscaster46
It ain’t just sommerville look it up.


I tried looking it up. Can't find anything when I search COE and passes or loss of pass privileges.

How about posting the link where you found it happening other places.


This has some of the changes.
https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Year/2021/

Good Luck,
Bozz
Posted By: TBS

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/03/21 08:36 PM

I don't know if they are still doing it or if it was strictly COVID related, but I went to Lake Tawakoni State Park last year and was told that I had to have a reservation at least 2 days in advance to use their boat ramp. I think that is total BS. That is one lake I like using the state park due to their security. I don't trust public boat ramps on that lake.
Posted By: Taildragger

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/07/21 07:53 PM

No sir, this is going to be in force from now on. They are reducing staff and cutting costs.
Posted By: grandbassslayer

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/07/21 08:31 PM

Originally Posted by a777pilot
The new Dems in charge just don't care. They just want your money.

Hunter needs money for more drugs and under aged girls.

Ole hunter is raiding the ramp money boxes...lol
Posted By: Mark Perry

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/07/21 08:41 PM

Originally Posted by TBS
I don't know if they are still doing it or if it was strictly COVID related, but I went to Lake Tawakoni State Park last year and was told that I had to have a reservation at least 2 days in advance to use their boat ramp. I think that is total BS. That is one lake I like using the state park due to their security. I don't trust public boat ramps on that lake.



That was due to COVID. Been using that ramp this year with no issue. Show your pass or pay at gate station and go.launch. No reservations required now.
Posted By: Dan21XRS

Re: DRASTIC LAKE SOMERVILLE CHANGES - 05/08/21 12:40 AM

Come on you blue hairs let's get out there and protest... Dan bolt
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