It's safe to return to the lake.
The City of Palestine's Upper Lake is now open — after a 10-foot alligator was removed from the lake this past weekend.
In order to insure public safety, the City of Palestine's Parks & Recreation Department closed Upper Lake on May 1 after investigating and confirming citizen reports on April 30 about a large alligator sighted in the lake.
Contacting the Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens as part of a special protocol, the City of Palestine hired professional nuisance alligator control hunter Jeremy Langford, who is licensed by Texas Parks & Wildlife to remove nuisance alligators.
“The night of May 16, 2014, Mr. Langford and assistant Joey Dover discovered the alligator in open water,” a City of Palestine news release said. “Due to the size of the alligator — 10'1 ½ — and the safety of Mr. Langford and Mr. Dover — lethal removal was necessary.”
Additional lake inspections were conducted, but no other alligators were found, the news release said.
On Monday, the city removed the barricades and opened the lake back up to the public.
“Once we get our lake back it will be a nice safe zone where everyone can return and enjoy the lake for all the recreational purposes that we enjoy in the community,” City of Palestine Parks & Recreation Director Roy Crouch told the Herald-Press last week.
Upper Lake is located off Upper Lake Road off U.S. 287 North in Palestine.