Lake Palestine

Impounded by Blackburn Crossing Dam Updated 1 year ago
A spillway on Lake Palestine

A spillway on Lake Palestine

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Lake Palestine and Blackburn Crossing Dam are on the Neches River four miles east of Frankston, in northeastern Anderson, southeastern Henderson, southwestern Smith, and northwestern Cherokee counties (at 32°03' N, 95°26' W). The dam is owned and operated by the Upper Neches River Authority for industrial, municipal, and recreational purposes. Construction of the original dam was started in 1960 and was completed on June 13, 1962; an enlargement project was begun in 1969 and completed on March 3, 1972. Lake Palestine is formed by an earthfill dam some 5,720 feet long and is used for water conservation, recreation, and wildlife preservation. The crest of the spillway is 345 feet above mean sea level, and the conservation storage capacity is 411,290 acre-feet with a surface area of 25,560 acres. The drainage area above the dam is about 839 square miles.

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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 Palestine is part of or belongs to the following places:

Lake Measurements

  • Surface Area (in acres): 23,112
  • Storage Capacity (in acre-feet): 367,303

Lake Maintained or Owned by

Upper Neches River Municipal Water Authority

Date of Origin

1962 (62 years ago)

Currently Exists


Place type

Lake Palestine is classified as a Lake


  • Recreation
  • Municipal water supply
  • Industry