Lake Naconiche in northern Nacogdoches County has taken decades to reach its current stage. Most all of the governmental red tape has been dispensed. Swimmers, anglers, duck hunters and water skiers are anticipating its opening, possibly as early as Sept. 1.
“I know what it’s going to be like when that lake opens. There’s going to be everybody in the world wanting to go there,” commented Nacogdoches County Commissioner Elton Milstead at Tuesday’s court meeting.
The parks board and county leaders have heard from all interested parties.
“We have to satisfy everyone’s needs, not just one particular group,” said Commissioner Jerry Don Williamson.
With that in mind, the debate between anglers and water skiers was settled. Skiing will be allowed near the Lake Naconiche dam.
“It will always be fishermen against water skiers to some extent. I’m not sure there will ever be anything that will bring them together,” said J.D. Redfield, a person in favor of skiing.
“I’ve had as many people for water skiing as I’ve had fishermen against it, so you know, we have to meet somewhere in the middle,” said Williamson.
The middle ground is indicated on a lake map, soon to be available for purchase. Skiers, anglers and hunters have designated areas. The lake rules are on the Nacogdoches county website. ( www.co.nacogdoches.tx.us ) All lake users need to review them.