Prohibited and Restricted Unsafe Zones Updated

The prohibited and restricted unsafe zones on the Guadalupe Valley Lakes have been lifted. These zones were established by GBRA Ordinances in 2019 and 2020 due to safety concerns associated with aging spillgates and in compliance with a temporary injunction. On April 19, 2023, the GBRA Board of Directors repealed these Ordinances following the dissolution of the temporary injunction and the cessation of spillgate operations.

Safety Measures Around the Dams

Although the risk of spillgate failure has been mitigated by lowering the spillgates at Lake McQueeney and Meadow Lake, it is crucial to maintain a safe distance from the dams at all times. The pre-existing restrictions and restricted areas extending 400 feet upstream and downstream of all six Guadalupe Valley Lakes dams will remain in effect. These restricted areas are potential hazards due to water flow through the dams and ongoing construction activities.

Watercraft Restrictions

While access and recreation along the river are permitted, all watercraft and personal watercraft are prohibited within the previously designated restricted areas. However, this regulation does not impede access to existing docks or piers within the restricted zones.


GBRA will continue to collaborate with each lake association and WCID (Water Control and Improvement District) to evaluate, revise, and update any current or future ordinances pertaining to the Guadalupe Valley Lakes. This ongoing assessment ensures that safety measures remain up-to-date and aligned with the evolving needs of the community.

By lifting the prohibited and restricted unsafe zones, GBRA aims to strike a balance between safety and recreation, allowing individuals to enjoy the Guadalupe Valley Lakes while adhering to the necessary guidelines and precautions.