Impounded by Wood County Dam No. 3
Lake Hawkins at a Glance
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- Storage Capacity (in acre-feet)
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Date of Origin1962 61 years ago
Lake Hawkins is classified as a Lake
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Official History of Lake Hawkins
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas , a digital state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records
Lake Hawkins and Wood County Dam No. 3 are on Little Sandy Creek in the Sabine River basin three miles northwest of Hawkins in southeastern Wood County (at 35°37' N, 95°15' W). The project is owned and operated by Wood County for flood regulation and recreational purposes. Construction of the earthfill dam, which was designed by the engineering firm of Wisenbaker, Fix, and Associates and the firm of Freese and Nichols (see FREESE, SIMON W. and NICHOLS, MARVIN C.), began on June 9, 1961; the dam was completed on September 17, 1962. Impoundment of water began on August 1, 1962. The lake has a capacity of 11,890 acre-feet and a surface area of 776 acres at the service spillway crest elevation of 343.75 feet above mean sea level. A flood retardation surcharge capacity of 8,210 acre-feet is provided between the crests of the service spillway and the emergency spillway. The drainage area of Little Sandy Creek above the dam is thirty square miles.Continue Reading at the Handbook of Texas
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