Lake Gladewater

Lake Gladewater is on Glade Creek in the Sabine River basin in northwestern Gladewater in Upshur County (at 32°33' N, 94°58' W). The project is owned and operated by the city of Gladewater for municipal water supply and recreation. Construction of the reservoir was started on October 15, 1951, and completed on August 29, 1952. The lake has a capacity of 6,950 acre-feet and a surface area of 800 acres at the spillway elevation of 300 feet above mean sea level. The drainage area above the dam is thirty-five square miles. The local terrain is low-rolling to flat and is surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support mixed 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 Gladewater is part of or belongs to the following places:

Lake Measurements

  • Surface Area (in acres): 481
  • Storage Capacity (in acre-feet): 4,637

Lake Maintained or Owned by

City of Gladewater

Date of Origin

1952 (72 years ago)

Currently Exists


Place type

Lake Gladewater is classified as a Lake


  • Recreation
  • Municipal water supply