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News August 29, 2017  RSS feed

Ft. Boggy State Park update

By Sherry Matney

Only a few short years ago Ft. Boggy Park Ranger Wesley Hamilton was begging for money from local government entities to keep Ft. Boggy State Park’s gates open. Then House Representative Trent Ashby became involved and was able to appropriate a significant amount of State funds toward improving and sustaining the Leon County park.

Today several projects have been completed but some of the anticipated funding has been denied so work has come to a halt at this point. The Master Plan has five state of the art cabins, with a portion of each cabin air conditioned and furnished with screened in porches. Three of the five have been completed and have been heavily occupied. The last two will be finished shortly and will be open to the outdoor loving public as well. Park income has risen over 800% since the cabin openings.

Another part of the plan was the construction of a bridge to allow easier access from the parking lot to the cabins. That has been completed. Wesley Hamilton, Park Ranger, has just moved into his new home, which was also built under this Master Plan.

What has not been erected is a restroom and shower facility that was to be across the bridge on the side of the cab- ins. Those involved are hoping Representative Ashby will be able to find the funding necessary to complete this portion of the project.

Ranger Hamilton says the park hosts “draw” hunts during deer season for those who enjoy deer hunting. The October hunt, which includes doe and spike bucks, is filled and no spaces are available. The November hunt, on November 4, has spaces open. For those interested in the hunt go to Texas Parks and Wildlife website and follow the directions. The cost is $80 for four hunts and notifications are made by email to advise if a hunter is drawn.

Friends of Ft. Boggy also has big plans for February 24, 2018 when they will hold the first annual “Trout Fishing Clinic for Kids”, ages 5 to 12 years. Each child, who is preregistered, will receive a t-shirt and a fishing rod and reel to keep. They are asking for “pre-registration” so they can be better prepared.

Betty Heffler, with the Friends group, has been working hard on this project, and says she needs 30 sponsors at $250 each to meet the needs. Along with the cost of the t-shirts and fishing equipment, the Friends group plans to stock the lake with fish. You will be apprised of more information as the event gets closer.


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