Lake Kickapoo

The rocky shore of Lake Kickapoo

The rocky shore of Lake Kickapoo

Photo by Jason Hunter, Flickr, CC2

Lake Kickapoo is an artificial lake twelve miles northwest of Archer City in west central Archer County (at 33°39' N, 98°46' W). The waters of the North Fork of the Little Wichita River were impounded in 1945 to form the reservoir, which has a capacity of 106,000 acre-feet and covers 6,200 acres. The lake serves as a municipal water supply for Wichita Falls, thirty-two miles to the northeast. It was named for the Kickapoo Indians and for Kickapoo Creek, which empties into the reservoir. Lake Kickapoo has a drainage area of 275 square miles. The 3,000 acres of shoreline are owned by Wichita Falls. Since construction of the lake, various recreational spots have been developed, including picnic areas on Long and Council islands, which lie in the southern portion of the lake.

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)
Storage Capacity (in acre-feet)

Belongs to

Lake Kickapoo is part of or belongs to the following places.

Lake Maintained or Owned by

City of Wichita Falls

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Date of Origin

1945 78 years ago

Currently Exists


Place type

Lake Kickapoo is classified as a Lake


  • Municipal water supply

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