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Lake Conroe Division Ė Located at the Lake Conroe Dam, seven miles west of the City of Conroe, the Lake Conroe Divisionís primary function is the operation and maintenance of the dam, spillway structure, and service outlet at Lake Conroe.  In addition, this Division handles inspection and enforcement functions related to water quality, including permitting and monitoring of on-site sewage systems around Lake Conroe.  To maintain the safety of Lake Conroe for navigation and recreation, and to manage the construction of permanent structures on the lake, the Lake Conroe Division also administers boating safety and navigation hazard marking, removal, and enforcement programs, as well as permit programs for residential docks, piers, marinas, commercial operations, and marine sanitation facilities.  Constructed by SJRA beginning in 1969, Lake Conroe was completed in 1973 as a water supply reservoir through a joint venture with the City of Houston, which owns two-thirds of the water rights in the reservoir. 

Photo by Bob Daemmrich TCEQ - Press Release. 
Photo by Bob Daemmrich

A Conroe multi-organizational coalition is being recognized with the state's highest environmental honor, the 2013 Texas Environmental Excellence Award in the Civic/Community category. Lake Conroe Habitat Improvement Project Coalition will be one of 10 winners honored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, at its annual banquet, to be held in Austin, May 1.

Formed in 2006, the coalition, which includes public and private organizations, local businesses, community residents, and government, began looking for a more holistic approach to not just invasive control but a balanced aquatic ecosystem. The group teamed up to manage invasive species while simultaneously expanding biodiversity through native plant introduction.

To control an early infestation of water hydrilla, a problem since the 1980's, more than 250,000 grass carp were introduced. While the carp caused total removal of hydrilla, they also greatly reduced native vegetation. Natural die-off of the carp eventually led to reinfestation of invasive plants. Organizers, including individual members of angler associations, worked to build consensus in the community for restoration projects. Anglers with local fishing clubs, as well as conservation groups became some of the biggest proponents of restoration efforts at Lake Conroe.

Since 2010, the groups have restored five miles of shoreline at Lake Conroe through the addition of native plant colonies, contributing to an increase of fish and wildlife along the shoreline. Reefs designed to attract fish, which also prove to be fishing hot spots for anglers, have also been constructed to enhance current habitats and help stimulate higher fish production. 

Read more about the Fishery Habitat Restoration

Quick Links
PDF Lawn Irrigation Permit
PDF  Lake Level and Rainfall
Fishery Habitat Restoration
Dock Fees Presentation
Spider Block Reef Locations
Debris and Vegetation Removal Guidelines
Public Boat Ramps
Zebra Mussels
Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plans
Watershed map
Watersheds of the Upper San Jacinto Basin
Other Sites
Texas Aquatic Plant Management Society, Inc.



SJRA Lake Conroe Division - 1577 Dam Site Road - Conroe, Texas 77304 - 936-588-1111
Postal address - P.O. Box 329 - Conroe, Texas 77305

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