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Lake Texoma Water Levels Improve in Time for July 4th

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LAKE TEXOMA -- Crowds have been growing at area lakes as the summer season heats up. Boaters, fisherman and campers are enjoying the water and getting ready for July 4th.

"She's out of school, my wife, she's a principal and so we only have a little time to enjoy peace and quiet so here we are," says James Lacy.

Lacy and his family have been taking advantage of the nice weather and the higher lake levels as they are visiting Lake Texoma for the week.

"Fishing, tubing, and stuff; just having fun," says Jacob Martello.

"Windy, a little choppy, but its higher so we can get the boat in with ease so yeah .. It's good," says Lacy.

The Army Corp of Engineers says the lake has risen two feet since Memorial Day mainly thanks to the rainfall out to the west of the lake.

"In our water shed we have seen several inches of rain in places that needed the rain and we also contribute quite a bit of inflow from that runoff to the Red River and then inflow into Lake Texoma," says B.J. Parkey, the Assistant Lake Manager.

"Texoma has certainly seen a good amount of rainfall for the month of May. Ada and Ardmore actually came in about average for the month by about and by about 3 inches in Ada. Now Atoka, Durant and Sherman were still a little bit below average but overall anywhere between about two to seven inches of rain fell during the month of May," says KTEN Meteorologist Cathy Corbett.

The Corps also says the two foot rise has helped open some more boat ramps, like at Lakeside campground, one of the boat ramps there is now open.

"I was probably out here during the later part of last year and it seems like the water level has come up quite a bit and its looking good. It seems to be clearer, a lot more clearer than it was last time too," says Floyd Garner who is visiting Lake Texoma as well.

Lacy and his family are certainly enjoying the higher water levels.

"When it was a couple feet lower it was hard to navigate. A lot of sand bars up … you've got to be careful."