Spring is in full bloom across Texoma and visitation is up at Lake Arrowhead State Park. A significant change from this past dreadful summer.
Flowers are blooming and recent rains are filling up area lakes. Keith Gauthier, Lake Arrowheads Assistant Park Superintendent, said, "The weather has warmed up and it's nicer. Everything is blooming and everything is green, it's just pretty to be outside."
Business is starting to pick up at the state park. Crowds of people are heading to the lake to fish and camp. "We've had a larger crowd come out and we've had a larger amount of visitation, so the revenue has picked. " Gauthier added, "With warmer water temperatures we have an increase in fish and they've become more active."
The recent activity is a big change from what Lake Arrowhead State Park saw this summer.
Gauthier commented, "With the heat, the drought, the fires and with low lake levels, all that played a factor in low visitation and revenue."
With state budget cuts and the lost revenue the state park did suffer. For five months the state office and some bathroom facilities were closed two days a week.
Now things are changing and park officials encourage families to come out and enjoy everything Lake Arrowhead State Park has to offer.
Lake Arrowhead state park has plenty to offer besides the fishing and boating. The park also offers a disk golf course, horse shoe pits and many hiking trails.