The Woodlands, Texas (May 28, 2016) - The San Jacinto River Authority reports that Lake Conroe remains closed to motorized vessels due to the presence of submerged objects, floating debris, and other hazards that could put people’s safety at risk. Non-motorized vessels such as canoes, kayaks, and rafts are permitted to use the reservoir. We recognize that this is Memorial Day weekend, and we will make every effort to fully reopen the reservoir as soon as conditions allow.
As of 1:00 PM today, Lake Conroe had crested at a level of 204.5’ above mean sea level and is beginning to recede. This is 3.5 feet above normal pool level.
This has been an extraordinary rainfall event. Over the past 48 hours, the Lake Conroe watershed experienced rainfall totals from five to nine inches. Gauges in southern Montgomery County registered 11 to 13 inches of rainfall. In addition, these totals were reached in a very short period of time resulting in dangerous road conditions and a rapid rise in the level of Lake Conroe.
For anyone interested in monitoring the current conditions of the reservoir, SJRA provides continuous data regarding lake level and release rate on its homepage, www.sjra.net. In addition, real time gauge data can be accessed by clicking the link labeled “Lake & River Conditions” (look for the link labeled San Jacinto Contrail Web).
For data regarding when the various rivers and streams in our area will reach their crest and begin to recede, visit the National Weather Service’s River Forecast Center at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=hgx. Here you can click on a river or stream gauge and view a graph showing the historic and projected water level.