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Ramping up Lake Wichita: Committee gets donation to move forward in the progress of rebuilding Lake Wichita

Credit: Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce Credit: Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce

At 115 years old it is the 3rd oldest lake in Texas.

Community members are now working to restore Lake Wichita to what it used to be after a drought made the lake unlivable for fish and unusable for tourists.

They are now one step closer with a new grant of $500,000 to help build a new boat ramp.

“This is an incredible opportunity for the project to move forward and getting ready for implementation plan for Lake Wichita,” said Steve Garner, Chairman of Support Lake Wichita Revitalization.

The grant is part of a million-dollar ramp project that is in store for Lake Wichita and Garner said the process of revamping has been a long time coming.

"It will be a lake people can come out and enjoy for fishing or they can come out and enjoy it for recreation,” said Garner. “They can come out and enjoy it for nature watching.  It's just an incredible asset the community is not using."

There have been many fundraisers set up to help support the lake. 

One of those is Saturday.

"All American car wash they're giving a portion of all the proceeds on Saturday to the project,” said Garner.

There is still a long way to go to restore the lake back to its glory, but Garner hopes people will be able to enjoy Lake Wichita the way it used to be.

"Say you get off at 5 or 6 in the week and you want to come out here and go jet skiing, or you want to come out and fish for an hour or two, or you want to come out and grill some burgers, or you want to come out and just watch the sunset or you want to come out and kayak,” said Garner.  “There is so many opportunities that we can't take advantage of now that are right here for the taking so this project when it's completed is going to give that for decades to the community."

There has not been a set date for when the new boat ramp for the lake will be completed. 

There are also plans to widen the ramp, due to it being a big problem in the past. 

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