After a three week visit with our friends Bud & Dayl Davis, we moved into our summer home for the summer. We were volunteers for the Army Corps of Engineers at Lavon Lake, staying at East Fork Park. The Corps asks for twenty hours total per week for each site. Since we like to keep busy, we nearly always work more than the minimum number of hours and this was no exception.
Our immediate supervisor was a young ranger named Matt Faulkner, who seems to really have his act together. With the staff here so short handed everyone has to do more than one job and all seem to take that in stride and charge on. One big problem for the Corps of Engineers parks is that as a part of the Army, most effort, talent and money is all engaged in war in the Middle East, and in the Ft. Worth District they are building a wall on the Mexican border, so the crews who run the lakes here in the states get very little support. In spite of that fact, this staff all work very well together and to have a great deal of respect for and appreciation of the volunteers.
With this a lake park, most of the activities here revolve around water. On week ends the campground is very busy as are both boat ramps at this park. The campground has 50 sites with water and electricity as well as about a dozen tent-only sites and a new horse park with water, electricity and horse pens. There are toilets with showers in all three sections of the campground and a dump station at the gate. There are also numerous picnic areas and a group area which can be reserved. With the park located only about an hour from Dallas there is a great deal of summer use. We also have several full-time RV folks staying here as the rates are very reasonable and the sites are spacious.
For us, it is also very handy as there is a Super Wal-Mart only two miles away, our new doctors are just three miles away and our youngest grandchildren are just about eight miles distant! We had a great summer here even though we were here much longer than origionally planned. The staff here were very accomodating and helpful. One could not have asked for any more.
While at Lavon Lake Kirk trimmed trees in the park, operated a tractor, mowed lawns with a riding mower, and assorted maintenance activities. Pam helped around the park, did litter walks and worked in the lake toffice one day each week. The staff at this lake are a wonderful group and we had a truly great summer.
The sites at this park are mostly level, have both 30A & 50A power and water. The volunteer site also has sewer connection and the park has a dump station. In addition there are three other parks with RV sites.
With this park so handy to our family and our doctors, and the lake staff so very great to work with, we expect to return for at least short visits many times in the future. It has become our new home base!If you would like a place to spend a few months in north Texas, Lavon Lake is a great place to stop.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Lavon Lake Office
3375 Skyview Drive
Wylie, Texas 75098
Hours: M-F 8am - 4:30pm
Phone: (972) 442-3141
Fax: (972) 442-1109