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Lone Star Adventure: Possum Kingdom


This week's Lone Star Adventure features one of the prettiest lakes in Texas. It has faced a lot of challenges recently but is recovering nicely. FOX 4's Richard Ray takes us northwest of Fort Worth to Possum Kingdom.

Beginning about ten years ago, Possum Kingdom Lake endured a series of fish kills sparked by golden algae blooms. Texas Parks and Wildlife has worked hard to restock the lake. Some fish populations are still low but many species are coming back strong.

Just as word was getting around that the fish were back, Possum Kingdom had another serious challenge to overcome. Huge wildfires in April burned 125,000 acres and nearly 170 homes, many of them at two lake side developments.

Possum Kingdom Lake State Park was heavily damaged, with 1500 of its 1700 acres scorched. Remarkably, the area that was left untouched is where all the cabins and facilities are located. The Cliffs Resort with its 18-hole golf course and spectacular views of the dam and the lake was also undamaged.

A couple inches of rain after the fires were put out has started to green up even the scorched areas. The fires also opened up wonderful scenic vistas where invasive vegetation burned away.

The state park is scheduled to reopen on June 1. For more information about Possum Kingdom please visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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