Drought at Lake Conroe Fall 2011 - Water in the lake Spring 2012!!

Real Estate Agent with Results Realty

Last year we had an extreme drought in the Spring-Tomball-Magnolia area which also of course affected Lake Conroe.  We keep our sailboat at Lake Conroe which is about a 35 minute drive for us.  We have a Catalina 22 with a retractable keel so keep it on dry land on the trailer.  

As you can see from the pictures those people who were not so lucky to be able
to trailer their boats had them sitting on dry land for most of the winter.  Water was being taken out of Lake Conroe to flow in to Lake Houston and at one point the lake was 8 foot down.  As sad as our lake looked it was built as a back up water supply for the city of Houston.  Thank goodness the water was there for them.

These drought pictures were taken at what was supposed to be our last regatta for the
season, Toys for Tots which always takes place the first Saturday in December;  obviously we were not racing that day.

The owners of our yacht club told us that in the 1970's when the lake was being built they were told it would take three years to fill up and it filled up the first year.  They were optimistic that the lake would feel up quick.  I on the other hand was listening to the weatherman who said that we were going to be in a severe drought for the next 5 years and was not feeling so optimistic.  We even thought about taking our boat down to Galveston bay but that would be an hour and half drive verses 35 minutes and with gas prices the way they are we just figured we would not be sailing this summer.

Spring forward just a few short months and look at what happened. We were at a St. Patricks day party at Conroe Yacht Club and lo and behold there was water. It appears God was in control not the weatherman; we had rain in all the right places.  It has been an incredibly wet winter and our lake is now only down 2 feet.  We have not taken our boat out yet but when we are ready we can.  (The only reason we did not go out today is because there is no wind and there's no sailing without wind).


For all your Spring/Tomball/Magnolia TX Real Estate needs, contact me today! Marchel Peterson Results Realty Cell: 832-721-8332


Comments (12)

Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

We've had better rains in North Texas to help restore more reasonable lake levels as well as your areas Marchel. Your photos show much improvement. I am glad to hear that and see the photos. Better for the boaters on Lake Conroe.

Mar 27, 2012 06:31 AM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Marchel, That is great that Lake Conroe is nearly full!  I am afraid at what our summer may be, we had a really dry, mild winter.

Mar 27, 2012 09:19 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It is amazing how much difference a lack of water can make on a lake or pond.  Last year we had rainfall 200% of normal.  Our lakes and reservoirs were bursting with water.  This year, not so much!  However, we have been experiencing a bit of a Miracle March, so things are a little better than they were in February. 

Mar 27, 2012 10:12 AM
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Marchel:  Great news, I hope it stays that for for awhile!

Mar 27, 2012 10:58 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Hi Marchel, WOW, it looks like someone pulled the plug on Lake Conroe. They need to put it back and in a hurry.
Mar 27, 2012 11:58 AM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Marchel, it was a disaster last summer and finally the Lake Conroe is back to the normal level. I went there to the Starbucks on 105 and the location had a pleasant lake view again.

Mar 27, 2012 12:18 PM
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Hi Marchel, it's nice to hear from you. Miss you.

Mar 27, 2012 01:06 PM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Well, its not 'quite' as bad, but we could still use some more rain I think. Summer is just around the corner so hopefully we will really see the 'April Showers' this year.

Mar 28, 2012 08:04 AM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Isn't it amazing what a difference a little rain can make? Canyon Lake is also coming back, don't know about Medina.

Mar 31, 2012 02:16 AM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Marchel  The rains have been good for Texas as well as Lake Conroe.  Of course, the tornadoes have had a ruinous effect

Apr 06, 2012 06:04 AM
Judith Sinnard
SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas - Houston, TX

Crossing my fingers this summer is not as dry for us as the last one ... very GLAD to see the lake levels back up again! 

Apr 23, 2012 08:14 AM
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


I'm so glad you got enough rain to fill the lake back up.  It's always sad to see the lakes dry like that!

Apr 24, 2012 04:27 PM