EVENTS MAKE LAKE NASWORTHY SPARKLE
The lake serves as the city's aquatic playground and residential resort community.
Lake Nasworthy is an oasis in West Central Texas.
The municipal lake draws visitors and locals to its water with opportunities to fish (the lake is stocked with bass, crappie and catfish), boat and enjoy surrounding parks.
Two outfits take care of guests with cruises of the lake. Concho Cruises rents boats, offers sightseeing trips and will even deck out a huge cruiser for an open-water wedding. The Tule Princess is the last of her kind, a side-wheel paddle steamboat that dances over the lake for hourly excursions and private charters.
The lake also serves as an invaluable collection area for drinking water to area residents and releases water downstream to local farmers, but every year, it’s the events that make the lake something special.
Every summer, the general peace and quiet of life on the lake is sent into a nitro-filled roar as one of San Angelo’s most popular events hits the water at Spring Creek Marina.
The Showdown in San Angelo is one of nine national drag boat events sanctioned by Lucas Oil throughout the country.
The event uses about 350 volunteers as 12,000-15,000 spectators line the banks of Lake Nasworthy over three days to watch more than 100 boats in 13 different classes from top fuel hydro to personal watercraft, race head-to-head for a chance to win part of a total of $136,000 in prize money.
More than half of those visitors are guests to San Angelo who come to watch the high-powered spectacle and bring in an estimated $4 million in revenue for hotels, restaurants and gas stations.
This year’s 10th Annual Craig Partusch Memorial Drag Boat Races featured record-breaking speeds, attendance and a more streamlined event schedule, which shaved 2-3 hours off each day thanks to the marina’s new boat ramp.
Wake the Desert
Lake Nasworthy is one of the stops on the Tigé Endless Wave Tour. For the past 17 years, wake boarders and surfers have dazzled crowds with their high flying acrobatics.
Fourth of July
Of all the events on Lake Nasworthy, arguably the most recognizable would be the Fourth of July Celebration hosted by the Lake Nasworthy Homeowners Association, whose primary goal is to maintain the lake’s integrity and safety.
The association solicits donations to put on the firework show, which is enjoyed by an estimated 30,000 people from all over the area on and around the lake.