Lake Palo Pinto

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Map of Palo Pinto County

Lake Palo Pinto is on Palo Pinto Creek in the Brazos River basin fifteen miles southwest of Mineral Wells in Palo Pinto County (at 32°38' N, 98°16' W). Construction of Palo Pinto Creek Dam, an earthfill dam ninety-six feet high designed by Freese, Nichols, and Endress, was started by the Longview Construction Company on March 21, 1963. Water storage began on April 16, 1964, and the dam was completed on November 13, 1965. The project, owned by the Palo Pinto Municipal Water District No. 1, impounds 34,250 acre-feet of water annually primarily for municipal and industrial use. The reservoir has a conservation storage capacity of 42,200 acre-feet and a surface area of 2,661 acres at the spillway crest elevation of 867 feet above mean sea level. The drainage area above the dam is 471 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 Palo Pinto is part of or belongs to the following places:

Lake Measurements

  • Surface Area (in acres): 2,176
  • Storage Capacity (in acre-feet): 27,215

Lake Maintained or Owned by

Palo Pinto County Municipal Water District No. 1

Date of Origin

1964 (60 years ago)

Currently Exists


Place type

Lake Palo Pinto is classified as a Lake


  • Municipal water supply
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