Lake Arrowhead

Launching a boat on Lake Arrowhead

Launching a boat on Lake Arrowhead

Photo by Larry Pearson, Flickr, CC2

Lake Arrowhead is an artificial lake in the Red River basin fifteen miles south of Wichita Falls in southwestern Clay County (at 32°46' N, 98°22' W). After a protracted legal battle by county farmers who did not want their land condemned, construction on the lake began on May 17, 1965, when the waters of the Little Wichita River were impounded. Over the next year the residents of Halsell saw their town, along with nearby nesting grounds for wild turkeys, disappear into the reservoir. Lake Arrowhead was completed in December 1966, and its owner and operator, the city of Wichita Falls, began managing the municipal water supply reservoir that provides a maximum 228,000 acre-feet of water with a 16,200-acre surface area. The 106-mile-long shoreline is connected by a 1,525-foot-long concrete broad-crested weir that has an ogee discharge section. Lake Arrowhead has an elevation of 926 feet above mean sea level and a drainage area above the dam of 832 square miles. Lake Arrowhead State Park is on the north shoreline of the reservoir.

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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

Lake Arrowhead is part of or belongs to the following places:

Lake Measurements

  • Surface Area (in acres): 14,506
  • Storage Capacity (in acre-feet): 230,359

Lake Maintained or Owned by

City of Wichita Falls

Date of Origin

1966 (58 years ago)

Currently Exists


Place type

Lake Arrowhead is classified as a Lake


  • Municipal water supply