Lake Houston County

Houston County Lake, formed by a dam on Little Elkhart Creek, is in the Trinity River basin ten miles northwest of Crockett in west central Houston County (at 31°25' N, 95°35' W). The reservoir is owned by Houston County Water Control District No. 1 and was built to supply water to Crockett, Grapeland, and Latexo. Construction on the dam began on April 14, 1966, and was completed in December. The reservoir has a capacity of 19,500 acre-feet, a surface area of 1,282 acres at the service spillway elevation of 260 feet above mean sea level, and a capacity of 27,000 acre-feet with a surface area of 1,600 acres at emergency spillway crest elevation. The drainage area above the dam is forty-four square miles. The surrounding flat terrain is surfaced by clay and sandy loam that supports 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 Houston County is part of or belongs to the following places:

Lake Measurements

  • Surface Area (in acres): 1,330
  • Storage Capacity (in acre-feet): 17,113

Lake Maintained or Owned by

Houston Co. WC&ID No. 1

Date of Origin

1966 (58 years ago)

Currently Exists


Place type

Lake Houston County is classified as a Lake


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