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2020 Burning of the Socks

Burning of the Socks 2020

What began as a lighthearted act of defiance to welcome spring in 1978, the Burning of the Socks has taken on a life of its on and the tradition of  saying good bye to winter by burning those old, smelly socks, has spread from east to west and in between.   

Traditionally held on the Spring Equinox, marinas and yacht clubs across the country will celebrate the return of Spring, Sperry topsiders, flip flops, and best of all: boating season.

On Lake Texoma, the Lake Texoma Association is coordinating the lake wide event to be held on March 14, 2020 with multiple marinas participating.

Event Schedule

Ode to the Sock Burners

By Jefferson Holland, Poet Laureate of Eastport, 1995

Them Eastport boys got an odd tradition
When the sun swings to its Equinoxical position,
They build a little fire down along the docks,
They doff their shoes and they burn their winter socks.
Yes, they burn their socks at the Equinox;
You might think that’s peculiar, but I think it’s not,
See, they’re the same socks they put on last fall,
And they never took ‘em off to wash ‘em, not at all…
So they burn their socks at the Equinox
In a little ol’ fire burning nice and hot.
Some think incineration is the only solution,
‘Cause washin’ ‘em contributes to the Chesapeake’s pollution.
Through the spring and the summer and into the fall,
They go around not wearin’ any socks at all,
Just stinky bare feet stuck in old deck shoes,
Whether out on the water or sippin’ on a brew.
So if you sail into the Harbor on the 20th of March,
And you smell a smell like Limburger sauteed with laundry starch,
You’ll know you’re downwind of the Eastport docks
Where they’re burning their socks for the Equinox.

Lake Texoma Burning of the Socks Events

Big Mineral

9:00 – 11:30 am Beach Clean-up

11:30 am – 1:00 pm “Burning of the Socks’ Bonfire (BYOS), free hotdogs, chili dogs, chips, tea & lemonade, Free flipflops to the first 50 partiipants

Buncombe Creek Marina

10 am: Bounce House, Dunk Tank, Live Musioc, Carnmival Games by locals, Plarl Bear Plunge, Chili Cook-off, Free Hotdogs

Cedar Mills Marina

St Patrick’s Day Event, Bonfire for burning socks, and Bingo Blast benefiting Texoma West End Lunch Program (Tickets for Bingo $35)

Eisenhower Yacht Club

Members Only Customer Appreciation food and Raffle

Highport Marina

Fire pit to burn socks, with donation bin to donate new socks to be donated to a charity. Shrimp boil at the Island Bar & Grill

Flowing Wells Resort & Marina

5 – 10 pm – Customer appreciation and benefit for the Locust Volunteer Fire Dept. Food, bonfire, and sock burning

Stay tuned….I’ll bet there will be more to come.

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Public Meeting for Lake Texoma Shoreline Management Announced

Lake Texoma Shoreline Management Revisions

Public Notice for Lake Texoma, Red River Basin, Bryan, Marshall, Johnston, and Love Counties, Oklahoma and Cook and Grayson Counties, Texas

The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is revising the Lake Texoma Shoreline Management Plan (Plan).  Two open house public meetings will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on January 29, 2020 at the Pottsboro High School, 901 Highway 120 Pottsboro, TX 75076 and January 30, 2020 at Kingston High School, 400 NE 3rd Street, Kingston, OK 73439. 

The meetings will provide attendees with information regarding the revision content and process, and provide a general schedule.  Attendees can view current shoreline allocation maps and ask USACE staff questions.  A 30-day comment period will follow the meeting from January 29, 2020 through March 2, 2020 in which the public can send comments, suggestions, and concerns.

The Shoreline Management Plan addresses the rules and guidelines that govern private shoreline uses, such as private boat docks, vegetation modification, and similar private uses of government property.  The Shoreline Management Plan establishes shoreline allocations, which specify where certain private uses are allowable.   Shoreline allocations are dictated by Engineering Regulation (ER) 1130-2-406 and included:  Limited Development Areas, Protected Shoreline Areas, Public Recreation Areas, and Prohibited Access Areas.  Each of these allocations is defined in ER 1130-2-406.  The Plan is meant to compliment the 2017 Lake Texoma Master Plan revision.

The current Plan was implemented in 1996, and many changes have occurred in policy and use since that time.  This revision is intended to bring the Shoreline Management Plan up to date, ensure environmental protection and public access of public lands, align wit the 2017 Lake Texoma Master Plan, and honor past commitments at Lake Texoma.  Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the Plan.  Information provided at the public workshop meetings, including the existing Plan, may be viewed on the Tulsa District website at the following the link beginning January 29, 2020:

Comments must be submitted in writing and can be given to USACE staff at the public workshop meetings, emailed to, or mailed to:  Joe Custer, Manager, Lake Texoma, 351 Corps Road, Denison, TX 75020-6425.  For questions, please contact Mr. Joe Custer at 903.465.4990.

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Lake Texoma Fishing Report – Following the Birds

Fish caught with Brian Prichard on Lake Texoma

By Brian Prichard – Stripers Inc – Nov 28, 2019

Birds, birds, birds everywhere! It is nice to be able to scan the horizon to utilize the the advantage of a bird’s eye view to search for fish, it certainly makes my job easier. November – December is some of the most consistent fishing of the year, bringing home limits of nice fat stripers caught under feeding seagulls is a common occurrence here on Lake Texoma during this time. It is a magical experience to join the fray of the feeding frenzy between fish, bird, and human, and with the booming population of fish, there are plenty of frenzies to join in on around the lake.

Its peaceful during the fall and winter months, children are in school, the serious hunters are in the woods, the fair weather fishermen stay at home and the fish are biting like crazy, which makes this my favorite time of the year to fish. Many days, especially during the week, there are only a hand full of boats on the water allowing us to relax and leisurely follow along with the schools of fish. With fewer boats, we see a lot more wildlife as well. Often we will see deer along the banks, bald eagles, pelicans, loons, and waterfowl are a common sight, a beaver might show itself from time to time and if we are lucky we might even spot an otter.

Seagulls are working all over the lake from shallow along the banks to the middle of the lake and around the river ledges. The chosen method of enticement seems inconsequential as both lures and bait seem to be working equally well at the moment, though as the water temperatures continue to cool lures will become the most productive means of success. My favorite lure is a sassy shad, 4” glow with a heavy 1 ½ oz head, we use these all through out the year but especially during the cooler months. Here in the past few weeks the sassy shad bite has really been turning on, most days that is all we will use.

With the holiday season upon us this is a great time to get your family and friends out on the water; we also offer gift certificates for a memorable holiday gift. These birds will continue to point us to the fish at least until the end of December. I’ve had some of my most memorable trips during this time, chasing birds in the snow and catching 10lb plus fish one after the other, we could only be so lucky if history repeats itself this year. You can book your trip online at or give me a call at (903)815-1609. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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