Drought in Texas harms water fun on hottest days

Tubers float down the cool waters of the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, Friday, July 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

July 22, 2011 2:17:00 PM PDT
The severe drought is taking a taking a serious toll on outdoor recreation in Texas this summer, spoiling much of the fun that vacationers traditionally have on the state's rivers and lakes. In many places, boat ramps now lay on dry ground and float trippers must drag their tubes around massive boulders. Some outfitter companies have laid off employees and closed for the season.

It has rained less than six inches on average statewide this year. In a normal year it would have rained 13 inches. The drought in Texas is already the third-worst on record.

The impact of recreation is being felt the most now that the 100-degree days have begun.