Lake Limestone
Frequently Asked Questions
Lakeside Living

The fastest way to reach the BRA in an emergency is to call 911. The dispatcher will notify the BRA lake rangers of your concerns and location and will also be able to dispatch emergency medical services and/or the sheriff’s department if necessary.

Violations such as illegal dumping, unsafe boating, boating/swimming accidents or other illegal activity should be reported to the BRA immediately.

During normal working hours (Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., excluding holidays), call the BRA at (903) 529-2141.

After normal working hours call the Robertson County Sheriff's Office at (979) 828-3299, Limestone County Sheriff's Office at (254)729-3278, or Leon County Sheriff's Office at (903) 536-2749. The sheriff's office dispatcher has radio contact with the lake rangers and can refer your call to them.

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), utility terrain vehicles (UTVs), dirt bikes, or golf carts are not allowed on most BRA property including the lake bed, river bed, public use areas, or PK trails. Some commercial camps allow UTVs and golf carts on the roads within their camp. For more information on particular commercial camp rules, contact the camp operator directly.

The water in the main body of the lake meets standards for contact recreation. However, no surface water is entirely safe for all people, as all surface water contains bacteria that can be hazardous depending on exposure level and the health of the individual. For additional information on waterborne illnesses, click here.

Yes, the BRA requires permits for the following items:

  • any construction, dirt work or vegetation removal on BRA land or in the lake bed,
  • septic system repair or replacement,
  • construction of any on-water facility such as a dock or a duck blind.

Other types of construction may require a permit. Please call the BRA Project Office for additional information.

On-Water Facility (dock) permits are covered under Section 8 of Regulations of the Brazos River Authority Lakes and Associated Lands. To view this document, click here.

You may obtain an Application for On-Site Sewage Facility License in various ways. An online application is available by clicking here or you may contact the lake office to receive an application by email or the postal service. For an Application To Extend, Alter of Repair An On-Site Sewage Facility, please contact the lake office.

Yes, lake water permits are available for domestic use (watering lawns) and are available online by clicking here. You may contact the lake office at (903) 529-2141 to receive an application by email or the postal service.

All Private Facility (Piers & Docks) and Water Use permits must be transferred to the new property owner by the Brazos River Authority at Lake Limestone by phone, mail, or email. A transfer fee may or may not be required at the time of your request. Preparation of the transfer documents, related inspections of the property and improvements and fees due will be reviewed by the Authority before the transfer is completed.

The State of Texas owns all surface water in Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is the agency responsible for regulating (permitting) the use of this surface water. The TCEQ issues the water rights for reservoirs in Texas.

The water rights issued to the Brazos River Authority grant the ability to store and use water for beneficial purposes, including the sale of water for municipal, industrial and agricultural uses. BRA owns the water right for Lake Limestone (and 10 other lakes) and provides water to our customers by contract under the terms of that water right. To view the permit granting the BRA water rights at Lake Limestone, click here.

The elevation of Lake Limestone at capacity is 363 feet mean sea level. The current lake elevation may be obtained on the BRA home page here.

The BRA is permitted by the state to annually withdraw up to 65,074 acre feet for water sales from Lake Limestone. Though this may seem like a lot of water, during years with normal rainfall, streamflow and runoff keep the reservoir relatively full.

As a water supply reservoir, Lake Limestone is part of a system of reservoirs operated by the Brazos River Authority. Releases are made to supply water downstream and to make a small daily release to provide a viable habitat for the environment of the Navasota River below the lake.