Lake Creek Reservoir

Lake Creek Lake (Lake Creek Reservoir) is on Manos Creek in the Brazos River basin four miles west of Riesel in eastern McLennan County. The project is owned and operated by the Texas Power and Light Company and is used to provide water for condenser cooling for a steam electric generating station; it also provides irrigation water. Runoff from Manos Creek is supplemented by pumping from the Brazos River. Construction of the Lake Creek Dam (at 31°27' N, 96°59' W) began on September 8, 1951, and was completed in May 1952. Deliberate impoundment of water began in June 1952, and the first generating unit began operating in April 1953. The reservoir has a normal capacity of 8,500 acre-feet and a maximum impoundment capacity of 10,580. The dam is made of earth and has a 596-foot-wide uncontrolled spillway. The drainage area above the dam is seventeen square miles.

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

Lake Measurements

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Lake Creek Reservoir is part of or belongs to the following places.

Lake Maintained or Owned by

TXU Electric Co.

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Date of Origin

1952 71 years ago

Currently Exists


Place type

Lake Creek Reservoir is classified as a Lake


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