Lake J.B. Thomas

Lake J. B. Thomas is on the county line in southeastern Borden and southwestern Scurry counties (at 32°35' N, 101°08' W). The lake was formed by the Colorado River Dam, completed in 1952. Lake J. B. Thomas has a surface area of 7,820 acres, a drainage area of 3,524 square miles, and a capacity of 203,600 acre-feet. The lake is used for boating, fishing, and other recreation, and it supplies water to nearby Big Spring, Odessa, and Snyder.

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

Surface Area (in acres)
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Belongs to

Lake J.B. Thomas is part of or belongs to the following places.

Lake Maintained or Owned by

Colorado River Municipal Water District

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Date of Origin

1952 71 years ago

Currently Exists


Place type

Lake J.B. Thomas is classified as a Lake


  • Recreation
  • Municipal water supply
  • Industry

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