Addicks Reservoir

Addicks only has water during times of flood and is dry most of the year

Lake Measurements

Surface Area (in acres)
16,780
Storage Capacity (in acre-feet)
204,500

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Addicks Reservoir is part of or belongs to the following places.

Lake Maintained or Owned by

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Date of Origin

1948 74 years ago

Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Addicks Reservoir is classified as a Lake

Purposes

  • Flood Control
  • Recreation

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Handbook of Texas

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas , a digital state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records

Addicks Reservoir is on South Mayde Creek a mile east of Addicks in western Harris County (at 29°47' N, 95°37' W). The filled rolled-earth dam is 61,166 feet long, and the drainage area above the dam covers 129 square miles. The elevation of the dam is 121 feet at the top, and the crest of the spillway reaches seventy-one feet. The United States Army Corps of Engineers completed the dam in 1948 in an effort to provide flood control in Buffalo Bayou and the San Jacinto River basin. The dam helps protect the city of Houston from floodwaters. Water is stored only for flood control and is released when flooding is no longer a danger. The total storage capacity of Addicks Reservoir and the adjacent Barker Reservoir is 411,500 acre-feet.

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