Hords Creek Lake

Hords Creek Lake is on Hords Creek-part of the Colorado River basin-five miles northwest of Valera in western Coleman County (at 31°50' N, 99°34' W). The 6,800-foot-long earthfill dam, built by List and Clark Construction Company, was started in February 1947 and completed in June 1948; deliberate impoundment of water began in April 1948. The cost of the project was nearly $3 million. In 1967 the reservoir had a conservation capacity of 8,640 acre-feet and a surface area of 510 acres at an elevation of 1,900 feet above mean sea level. Capacity at the crest of the emergency spillway was 25,310 acre-feet. The drainage area above the dam was forty-eight square miles. The lake, which is jointly owned by the city of Coleman and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, is used for flood control and as a municipal water supply.

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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

Hords Creek Lake is part of or belongs to the following places:

Lake Measurements

  • Surface Area (in acres): 364
  • Storage Capacity (in acre-feet): 8,443

Lake Maintained or Owned by

City of Coleman and USAE

Date of Origin

1948 (76 years ago)

Currently Exists


Place type

Hords Creek Lake is classified as a Lake


  • Flood Control
  • Municipal water supply