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.

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

Lake Measurements

  • Surface Area (in acres): 4,060
  • Storage Capacity (in acre-feet): 199,931

Lake Maintained or Owned by

Colorado River Municipal Water District

Date of Origin

1952 (72 years ago)

Currently Exists


Place type

Lake J.B. Thomas is classified as a Lake


  • Recreation
  • Municipal water supply
  • Industry