Barker Reservoir

The Barker Reservoir spillway flooded after Hurricane Ike in 2008

The Barker Reservoir spillway flooded after Hurricane Ike in 2008

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Barker Reservoir is southwest of the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 and State Highway 6, about one mile south of Addicks in western Harris County (at 29°46' N, 95°39' W). The reservoir is formed on Buffalo Bayou by a rolled-earth dam 72,900 feet long and 112.5 feet high. The spillway elevation is 73.2 feet, and the drainage area covers 128 square miles. The storage capacity of the reservoir, 199,000 acre-feet, expands to 209,000 acre-feet at flood stage. The purpose of the reservoir is to provide flood control on the Buffalo Bayou watershed in the San Jacinto River basin for the city of Houston. Water is stored in the reservoir until it can be released to flow downstream without endangering property. The United States Army Corps of Engineers completed the Barker dam in February 1946, but the reservoir had already been used in 1945 for spring flood control. The total storage capacity of the Barker Reservoir and the adjacent Addicks Reservoir is 411,500 acre-feet.

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

Belongs to

Barker Reservoir is part of or belongs to the following places:

Lake Measurements

  • Surface Area (in acres): 17,225
  • Storage Capacity (in acre-feet): 270,000

Lake Maintained or Owned by


Date of Origin

1945 (79 years ago)

Currently Exists


Place type

Barker Reservoir is classified as a Lake


  • Flood Control

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