Director Vacancy Place 3, Application/Questionnaire (Click Here) Due By August 8th.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Just pull onto any non-reserved site and the Camp Host or Lake Patrol will be by to collect the fee. You can insure that a site is not reserved by checking the card holder at the front of the camp site or by checking with any lake patrol officer.
Reservations may be made no more than 60 days in advance, online here, by telephone, or in person at the District office during business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Calls left on voice mail for reservations will not be returned. Please use the online system during non-business hours. Reservation check in and check out time is 4:00 p.m.
Yes, golf carts are allowed in District parks, except for Mary King Park, as long as they are operated by a person with a valid driver license and in an safe and prudent manner.
Yes, but they have to be turned off at 10:00 p.m. if the noise is disturbing other campers.
There is a 10:00 p.m. curfew and it is enforced by the Lake Patrol officers.
No, parasailing is prohibited on Lake Cypress Springs.
Information concerning Hydrilla can be obtained at our Forms & Documents page on the Hydrilla Information link.
Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) officials have clarified the public’s right to fish from a boat on all public waters, providing no game law regulations are being violated. According to TPW legal counsel Boyd Kennedy, “Waters that are open to the public for fishing include coastal waters, major lakes and rivers, and many smaller streams and lakes. If a lake is public water, then all of the lake is public water, including the water around marinas and boat docks. The right to build or operate a marina, dock or other structure on or over public water does not carry with it the right to restrict boating or fishing from a boat.” By law, the basic authority for the enactment of fishing and boating regulations is reserved to the state. Some local government authorities may impose boating regulations for safety purposes, but TPW statistics show that fishing around marinas and boat docks is not a safety problem. “Harassment of a law-abiding fisherman is a crime punishable by fine and/or imprisonment”, Kennedy added.
The District owns land in fee simple in order to retain the ability to deal with potential high water from the impoundment of the reservoir. While some reservoirs have a flood easement, the District accomplishes the same thing through direct ownership. The District is then allowed by law to lease land as long as the leasing of the land does not interfere with the District’s statutory duties. Because the land belongs to the public and is in the care of the District, public land cannot legally be in private use without the public being fairly compensated. The lessee is given a 99-year lease on the land and pays a nominal lease fee every year. Fee simple ownership of land by the District is where direct authority to make rules derives from. Zoning type rules are what maintains the property values and quality of life on District property.
To obtain a 99-year extension on Leasehold lots, an Extended Lease Agreement must be signed, a bonus payment in the amount of $400.00 per acre must be paid, along with the current County Clerk’s recording fee. The annual lease fee will remain the same for the remainder of the first lease agreement; however, the annual lease fee for the second 99-year term will be $200.00 per acre. For more information, call the District office.
The fee charged for your boathouse and pier allows you to place a private structure over public property. Public property cannot be used for private use without the public being fairly compensated.
"No boat or other water craft exceeding twelve feet (12') in width or twenty-six feet (26')in length\, shall be allowed on the Lake at any time\, with the exception of a "work barge" with a valid permit.
Our office is located on the East side of the square in Mount Vernon at 112 N. Houston St.
No. Tap water around the lake area is handled through Cypress Springs Special Utility District. Their phone number is 903-588-2081.
No, we only take checks, cash or money orders. If you wish to make a park reservation you can do so on this website using your debit/credit card or paypal account.
Yes we are, our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Permit forms and packets are available in our office or you can download them from the Forms & Documents section section of our website and print out a copy.