Lake Conroe back open following high water levels, other potential safety risks
The San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) and Montgomery County Constable Precinct 1 have announced that Lake Conroe is back open after being closed as a result of the heavy rain that pushed through the area Friday and overnight into Saturday.
VYPE Extreme: Morrison riding wave as wakesurfing becoming mainstream
From Lake Conroe to Possum Kingdom Lake to Lake Travis, kids and adults of all ages have been eaten up with wakesurfing over the summer. Wakesurfing. Meet Perry Morrison, a junior at Southlake Carroll High School, who is riding the wave of the sport's popularity. "I got into the sport when I was six or seven-years old," Morrison said. VYPE's Matt Malatesta caught up with one of the stars the sport -- Perry Morrison.
Man accused of exposing himself to teen while boating at Lake Conroe
CONROE, Texas – Authorities said a monthslong investigation led to the arrest of a man wanted in connection with an indecent exposure incident on Lake Conroe that happened in April. The Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office said 68-year-old William Guins is accused of exposing himself to a 19-year-old girl. The girl told authorities Guins asked her if she needed a ride, and when she looked up, she realized he was completely naked so she immediately left. In May, about a month after the initial incident, the victim was back on the lake when she saw Guins again. On Aug. 11, the victim told authorities Guins had parked his boat near where she was parked and had gotten into the water all while watching her.
27-year-old man drowns in Lake Conroe after jumping off boat
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – A 27-year-old man drowned in Lake Conroe Saturday after he jumped off a boat. Around 7 p.m. Saturday, authorities received reports of a drowning in the Atkins Creek Area on Lake Conroe. Witnesses called 911 after a man jumped from a boat into the lake and never resurfaced. Divers ultimately pulled the man from the lake around 8:30 p.m. Authorities identified the man as Darius Baker of Conroe, Texas.
New trend providing working parents alternative virtual learning setting for kids
With many local school districts opting for virtual learning amid COVID-19, a new trend is picking up speed in response to a need to help working parents find a safe place for their children. Learning academies like Kids R Kids of Lake Conroe are seeking to provide a socially-distanced classroom setting for students in the Houston area. The owner of Kids R Kids of Lake Conroe wanted to be a resource for students of working parents in Conroe and Montgomery ISDs. The three to four hours of remote learning are spread out across the day. The teachers will act as liaisons between the parents and the public school teachers to ensure that every child is on the right track.
Here is a look at the inside of the Margaritaville Lake Resort on Lake Conroe
Margaritaville Enjoying LandSharks On a Margaritaville Boat Rental (Margaritaville Brand)The Margaritaville Lake Resort on Lake Conroe, named after Jimmy Buffet’s famous tune, is opening one week ahead of schedule, despite the pandemic. Drinks (Margaritaville Brand)What: Margaritaville Lake Resort Lake Conroe Grand OpeningWhere: 600 Margaritaville Parkway, Montgomery, TX 77356When: Friday, June 26 at 10 a.m. The property originally opened as Del Lago in the mid-1980s and hosted guests, golfers and boaters on Lake Conroe until it closed in 2007. Margaritaville Lake Cottages (Margaritaville Brand)What will a trip to the resort cost you? Margaritaville Guest Suites Tower at Sunset (Margaritaville Brand)
Woman drowns hours before her 21st birthday at Lake Conroe: Deputies
LAKE CONROE, Texas – The family and friends of a young woman are in mourning after she drowned just hours before her 21st birthday, deputies said. At approximately 6:35 p.m. on Sunday, deputies said the Montgomery County Dispatch received a call about a drowning that had just occurred on Lake Conroe in the Atkins Creek Cove area. Deputies said Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable’s Lake Division, Conroe Fire Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife and Montgomery County ESD 1 responded to the call and began to search for the woman. This is the second drowning that has occurred on Lake Conroe this season. Constable Cash encourages everyone who uses the lake to “Be Sensible, Be Safe” and wear a life jacket when on or in the water.
GALLERY: These photos give you a look inside Margaritaville Lake Resort on Lake Conroe
CONROE, Tx – Paradise has blossomed at the all-new Margaritaville Lake Resort located on the edge of Lake Conroe, and we have an inside look. The resort will be opening the doors to the public on June 26, while restaurants such as The Landshark Bar and Grill will open Thursday. Reservations are now being accepted for June 26 and beyond, according to their website. The resort also features several kid splash areas to enjoy. Check out the gallery below courtesy of Area Pro Group Realtor Heather McMichael Dartez.
You will be able to stay at the Conroe Margaritaville Resort starting on June 26
The wait is finally over, Margaritaville will welcome its first overnight guests on Friday, June 26. The Jimmy Buffet-themed resort which originally planned for a July 1 opening is now taking reservations a few days sooner. Margaritaville Lake Resort at Lake Conroe is located at 600 Margaritaville Parkway in Montgomery. The new property featuring 335 luxurious guest suites with panoramic lake views will be operated by the global hospitality company Benchmark. [RELATED: Take a look at Texas’ first Margaritaville Resort which is set to open in summer of 2020 in Conroe]Book your stay online.
Man drowns after boat ride with friends on Lake Conroe during Memorial Day weekend
HOUSTON – The body of a man was found in Lake Conroe Saturday afternoon, according to Montgomery County Precinct 1. Investigators said around 4 p.m., a group of friends was on a boat just off East Beach on Lake Conroe. Montgomery County Precinct 1 Lake Patrol unit responded along with the Game Wardens, Conroe Fire, and NMC Fire. However, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved the purchase of side-scan sonar for the boat. In about an hour, officials said they were able to find the victim’s body in shallow water.
Buyers can find luxury lakefront living at The Shorelin
Buyers can find luxury lakefront living at The ShorelinBuyers looking forward to downsizing can upsize their lifestyle. Located north of Houston and in proximity to The Woodlands, The Shoreline Condominiums are popular on Lake Conroe. Construction was recently completed, and all homes offer expansive lakeside balconies with lake views and convenient access to the marina. The lake is 26 miles long and 6 miles wide, with 157-plus miles of shoreline. It is the first and only Margaritaville in Texas and is located in proximity by car and boat to The Shoreline.chron.com
Margaritaville is now hiring ahead of their summer opening for all of these positions
HOUSTON – The opening of Margaritaville at Lake Conroe is getting closer. The resort is hosting a job fair March 6- 7 at the Lone Star Community Center, located at 2500 Lone Star Pkwy Montgomery. Margaritaville is scheduled to open its Lake Conroe resort in the summer of 2020. The new property featuring 335 luxurious guest suites with panoramic lake views will be operated by the global hospitality company Benchmark. Margaritaville is hiring for the following roles:- Restaurant managers- Assistant food and beverage managers- Food and beverage supervisors- Beverage managers and supervisors- Cooks- F&B prep- Bartenders and barbacks- Servers- Food runners- Host/hostess- Food and beverage attendants- Stewards- Director of banquets- Banquet captains- Banquet servers- Banquet chef- Banquet cook- Banquet house personThe resort encourages interested candidates to apply online ahead of the job fair.
Nearly 1,400 Conroe-area residents attend meeting to discuss whether to lower Lake Conroe for flood mitigation
CONROE – More than 1,400 residents from the Conroe area attended the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) special meeting at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center Thursday to discuss and vote on the temporary flood mitigation strategy of lowering Lake Conroe on a seasonal basis. Those who live along lake Conroe generally pushed against the lowering of Lake Conroe. They won’t put it on the tour any longer.”Those who lived downstream, south and southeast of Lake Conroe, as near as River Plantation, and as far as Kingwood, were for the lowering of the lake. For the fall lowering, the SJRA recommended that the process should begin Aug. 1 and lower the lake by 200′ MSL and then again beginning Sept. 1, lowering the lake to 199.5′ MSL. This was the final amended proposal which SJRA is now asking the City of Houston to consider.
Take a look at Texas’ first Margaritaville Resort which is set to open in summer of 2020 in Conroe
HOUSTON – Margaritaville is scheduled to open its Lake Conroe resort in the summer of 2020. The new property featuring 335 luxurious guest suites with panoramic lake views will be operated by the global hospitality company Benchmark. “The Margaritaville lifestyle brand is one of the hottest in the country, and Texas is a prime market for it,” said Songy Highroads’ chief operating officer Todd Nocerini. “The fact that the lakefront resort is an easy drive for residents of the state’s four largest markets only adds to the excitement and potential pool of guests.”The resort at Lake Conroe will be set on 186 lakefront acres. The property will include a three acre lakefront water park with a lazy river and outdoor pools.
Montgomery County rebuilds following Imelda
While most floodwaters had receded by the following day, some neighborhoods, particularly in east Montgomery County, sustained significant flood damage. 242 at Kropik Road, FM 3083, and Moorhead Road, all in Conroe, according to the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency. The city of Montgomery recorded 0.77 inches of rain Sept. 18 and 1.92 inches on Sept. 19, City Administrator Richard Tramm said. TWDB provided $460,000, the city of Conroe contributed $140,000 and Montgomery County contributed $90,000, while the SJRAs portion was $230,000. To learn more about home buyouts in Montgomery County, see Page 17.communityimpact.com
Condo Life: Builder Spotlight on Winkler Development Inc.
Condo Life: Builder Spotlight on Winkler Development Inc.Water activities of every kind can be enjoyed on the lake. Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Condo Life: Builder Spotlight on Winkler Development Inc. 1 / 4 Back to GalleryThe beautiful Lake Conroe presents itself as the perfect place to either settle down or enjoy the shores as a weekend getaway. Winkler Development Inc., led by president Jim Winkler, has seen the demand and met the need of consumers. This family-owned company has served the Montgomery County community for 30 years, building custom homes and developing communities on Lake Conroe. We also see professional athletes and celebrities now visiting the lake, Winkler said.chron.com
City of Conroe, San Jacinto River Authority head to Texas Supreme Court over water rate dispute
An ongoing lawsuit between the San Jacinto River Authority and the city of Conroe over a surface water rate dispute is now headed to the Texas Supreme Court, according to an Oct. 4 news release from the SJRA. The court of appeals ruling affirmed a lower court ruling and allowed the original trial court to issue a fast-track legal proceeding to decide the legal validity of the contracts and the 2017 GRP water rates, according to the SJRA. The SJRA sells surface water from Lake Conroe to select entitiesincluding Conroeas a part of its GRP to comply with groundwater regulations in Montgomery County set by the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District. The Texas Supreme Court has now voted to hear the appeal and will now decide whether the SJRA can settle the validity of all GRP contracts on an expedited schedule, according to the SJRA. Well have to use a normal contract dispute lawsuit.The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Jan. 9.communityimpact.com
Lake Conroe Ace Hardware to celebrate first anniversary Nov. 2
The Lake Conroe Ace Hardware store plans to celebrate its first anniversary Saturday, Nov. 2. Owner Bill Horton said plans include a super-event sale, a classic car show, grilling demonstrations and a chance to win a free grill. Ace Hardware opened in the Lake Conroe area Oct. 23, 2018 at 19380 Hwy. 500A, MontgomeryIn addition to home improvement supplies and a special grilling area, the locally owned hardware store features a womens boutique carrying fashion brands, such as Vera Bradley and Simply Southern, as well as treats from Montgomery-based Big Little Fudge Company. 936-582-5170. www.facebook.com/lakeconroeacecommunityimpact.com
Over 80 rescued after Lake Conroe paddle wheel boat runs aground
LAKE CONROE, Texas - More than 80 people were rescued from a paddle wheel boat Saturday on Lake Conroe after the vessel ran aground. The incident was reported about 11 p.m. near Bird Island in the southern part of the lake. Passengers said the Southern Empress was returning to the dock when a fishing boat was in its way. The smaller boat didnt move when the captain sounded the horn several times. A gust of wind ended up shoving the boat into a sandbar near the island, passengers said.
Buses, bass and a biblical musical: 6 things to do in the Lake Conroe area this weekend, Aug. 15-19
If you are interested in adopting a pet or making crafts with your fellow nerds, the Lake Conroe area has you covered this weekend. Here is a list of six things to do in the Conroe and Montgomery areas this weekend, Aug. 15-18, as well as a special event Monday, Aug. 19. See real men modelAug. 15The Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Real Men of Montgomery County Style Show at the Wiesner Buick GMC of Conroe, where men will model and raise money for local nonprofit Montgomery County Food Bank. 1645 I-45 N., Conroe. Conroe Park & Ride, 131 I-45 N., Conroe.communityimpact.com
Woman found dead in Lake Conroe
Woman found dead in Lake ConroeFILE - A screenshot of a Google Maps image of Lake Conroe in Conroe, Texas. FILE - A screenshot of a Google Maps image of Lake Conroe in Conroe, Texas. Photo: Google Maps Photo: Google Maps Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Woman found dead in Lake Conroe 1 / 1 Back to GalleryA woman was found dead in Lake Conroe Sunday morning, according to the Montgomery County Constable's Office, Precinct 1. Ramona K. Manchester, 60, had last been seen by her parents, who live on Lake Conroe, late Saturday. Montgomery County Dispatch received a call from a person saying he had found a dead person in the lake around 10 a.m. Sunday.chron.com
Investigation underway after woman's body found in Lake Conroe
KPRCCONROE, Texas - The body of a 60-year-old woman was found in Lake Conroe on Sunday morning, according to authorities. A man found the body of Ramon Manchester in the water around 10:05 a.m., according to authorities. Her parents live near where Manchester's body was found. Manchester's drowning remains under investigation and anyone with information about her death is asked to call the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable's Office Lake Division at 936-539-7821. Copyright 2019 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.
Conroe proposes raising property tax rates ahead of next years state-mandated cap
Conroes staff-recommended proposed tax rate for FY 2019-20 is $0.4454 per $100 assessed value, up from $0.4175 per $100 assessed value. Officials said the tax rate would be frozen for people who are over age 65, are disabled or who have homestead exemptions. The majority of the reason behind that recommendation [to raise the tax rate] is because of the rollback rate, Virgadamo said. About 29% of Conroes general fund is generated from property taxes and about 43% from sales taxes, Williams said. Were overweighted on sales tax versus property taxes, Williams said ahead of the meeting.communityimpact.com
Dog therapy, jazz music and Magic Mike: 6 things to do in the Lake Conroe area this weekend, Aug. 8-10
Here is a list of six things to do in the Lake Conroe area this weekend, Aug. 8-10. 281-298-7600. www.bodygroovedance.wixsite.com/groovybodyGet ready for the first day of schoolAug. 9Help Montgomery ISD schools get ready for the school year. 936-597-5004. www.montgomeryareachamber.comSupport young jazz musiciansAug. 9Nonprofit youth jazz ensemble The Jazz Connection is hosting its first annual swing dance fundraiser. The Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St., Conroe. Marshalls Tavern Conroe, 1717 N. Frazier St., Conroe.communityimpact.com
Shakespeare, dirt bikes and school supplies: 5 things to do in the Lake Conroe area this weekend, Aug. 2-4
This race is part of the Run in Texas 2019 Texas 5K 6-Pack Beer Challenge, with six races throughout Texas hosted by local breweries. 936-441-2739. www.runintexas.comGo to a dirt bike raceAug. 3Motorcycle riding school Texas Tornados Bootcamp will host its Dirt Wars race Aug. 3. 713-364-2668. www.texastornadobootcamp.comGet pumped for the school yearAug. 3In preparation for the first day of school for Conroe ISD on Aug. 14, Washington Junior High School will host a back-to-school bash, handing out free backpacks and other school supplies. Washington Junior High, 507 Martin Luther King Place N., Conroe. 936-709-7400. www.washington.conroeisd.netShoot some gunsAug. 3Patriots of Texas will host its second annual Sporting Clays Tournament at Blackwood Gun Club in Conroe.communityimpact.com
Mother-daughter relaxation, games, poetry: 5 things to do in the Conroe and Montgomery areas this weekend, July 26-28
Here is a list of five things to do in the Conroe and Montgomery areas this weekend, July 26-28. Pacific Yard House, 101 Metcalf St., Conroe. There will also be other yard games, bounce houses and food trucks. BeanPunk Coffee, 330 N. Main St., Conroe. Montgomery Community Center, 14420 N. Liberty St., Montgomery.communityimpact.com
Gallery: Athena Leadership Award luncheon honors local women
Marlen Tejeda was awarded the 2019 Athena Leadership Award at a July 25 luncheon at Madera Estates in Conroe honoring local women leaders in the community. The international Athena Leadership Award was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment. The second annual luncheon in Montgomery County was put on by the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce.communityimpact.com
Moon landings, school supplies, family yoga: 5 things to do in the Lake Conroe area this weekend, July 19-20
From flying pets to their new homes to being an extra in a TV show, there are plenty of things to do in the Conroe and Montgomery areas this weekend. Heres a list of five things to do in the Lake Conroe area this weekend, July 19-20. During the weekend, Grand Central Park will be accepting donations at its home station. A full list of the most needed items and bus locations on weekdays are available on the chambers website. 936-597-3949. www.breakingstrongholds.comTake the family to yogaJuly 21Relax with the family at Alpine Yoga Life Empowerment Centers family yoga.communityimpact.com
Million-dollar homes stagnant on market, skewing market value in the Lake Conroe area
Source: Summer 2019 Lake Market Report by Lake Homes Realty/ Community Impact NewspaperAverage lake home prices and real estate listings are picking up this summer in the Lake Conroe area. However, the number of property listings and the total value of the Lake Conroe area market actually decreased 9.5% since last summer, according to the summer 2019 Lake Market Report by Lake Homes Realty. The study said Lake Conroe has the fourth-largest lake home market in Texas this summer, offering 6.8% of the states total lakeside listingsworth $221.7 million combined. That land value decrease is not unique to the Lake Conroe marketacross Texas, [other lake]markets saw similar decreases, McGee said. Most developable lakefront land on Lake Conroe has already been built out, with the exception of Chambers Creek Ranch, currently under construction.communityimpact.com
Beer, barbecue, blueberries: 9 things to do in the Lake Conroe area this July Fourth weekend, July 4-7
Here is a list of nine things to do in the Lake Conroe area this July Fourth weekend, July 4-7. 14740 Liberty St, Montgomery. 234 N. Main St., Conroe. 14420 Liberty St., Montgomery. Montgomery Community Center, 14420 N. Liberty St., Montgomery.communityimpact.com
Houston By the Neighborhood: Montgomery Near Lake Conroe
Lehenbauer says her listing at 15002 Walden on Lake Conroe is one of the very few with more than four acres and, while there are deed restrictions, there aren't any HOA fees. She also points to the Montgomery Independent School District with its well-rated schools, which she labels the most sought after on Lake Conroe. This property has been listed by Beverly Smith with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Lake Conroe for $4.749 million. Photo by Dave Davies, Jacobs PropertiesNot all properties in Montgomery are on Lake Conroe, but Sonrisa Ranch at 25040 Gay Lake Road features 287 rolling acres near Sam Houston National Forest and is ag exempt, meaning it could be adapted for cattle, horses or hunting. Near its tip is this 8,569 square foot traditional home at 100 Benthaven Court that embraces outdoor living to its fullest.houstonpress.com
Yoga, charro beans and wedding planning: 5 things to do in the Lake Conroe area this weekend, June 28-30
There are plenty of activities for the whole family in the Conroe and Montgomery areas. Here is a list of five things to do in the Lake Conroe area this weekend, June 28-30. Mats and props will be provided, but parents are encouraged to bring things to entertain their children during the exercise. 14420 Liberty St., Montgomery. Southern Star Brewing Co., 3525 N. Frazier St., Conroe.communityimpact.com