Lake Quitman

Impounded by Wood County Dam No.1 Updated 7 months ago
A fishing pier on Lake Quitman

A fishing pier on Lake Quitman

Photo by Paul O'Rear, Flickr, CC2

Lake Quitman and Wood County Dam No. 1 (at 35°52' N, 95°26' W) are in the Sabine River basin on Dry Creek, a tributary of the Lake Fork of the Sabine River, four miles north of Quitman in northwestern Wood County. The project is owned and operated by Wood County for flood regulation and recreational purposes. Construction of the earthfill dam, which was designed by the engineering firm of Wisenbaker, Fix, and Associates, began on June 1, 1961, and was completed on June 1, 1962. Impoundment of water began May 15, 1962. The lake has a capacity of 7,440 acre-feet and a surface area of 814 acres at the service spillway crest elevation of 395 feet above mean sea level. The drainage area of Dry Creek above the dam is thirty-one square miles.

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

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Belongs to

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

Lake Maintained or Owned by

Wood County

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Date of Origin

1962 61 years ago

Currently Exists


Place type

Lake Quitman is classified as a Lake


  • Flood Control
  • Recreation

Associated Names

  • (Wood County Dam No. 1)

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