Lake Athens

A view of the park on the shore of Lake Athens

A view of the park on the shore of Lake Athens

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Lake Athens, formerly known as Flat Creek Reservoir, is on Flat Creek in the Neches River basin eight miles east of Athens in Henderson County (centered at 32°12' N, 94°43' W). The project is owned and operated by the Athens Municipal Water Authority for municipal water supply, flood regulation, and recreation. Construction began on September 25, 1961, and the dam closure was made and deliberate impoundment of water started on November 1, 1962. The project was completed at the end of May 1963. The reservoir has a capacity of 32,840 acre-feet and a surface area of 1,520 acres at the spillway crest elevation of 440 feet above mean sea level. The capacity at the top of the emergency spillway at 446 feet above mean sea level is 43,000 acre-feet. The conservation storage area has been reduced to 26,990 acre-feet because of allocation of 5,850 acre-feet to dead storage space. The drainage area of Flat Creek above the dam is twenty-one square miles. The surrounding terrain is flat to rolling and is surfaced by sandy and clay loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses.

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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 Athens is part of or belongs to the following places:

Lake Measurements

  • Surface Area (in acres): 1,799
  • Storage Capacity (in acre-feet): 29,440

Lake Maintained or Owned by

Athens Municipal Water Authority

Date of Origin

1962 (62 years ago)

Currently Exists


Place type

Lake Athens is classified as a Lake


  • Flood Control
  • Recreation
  • Municipal water supply

Associated Names

  • (Flat Creek Reservoir)