Lake Tawakoni

Impounded by Iron Bridge Dam Updated 1 year ago
Iron Bridge Dam was built to impound water for Lake Tawakoni

Iron Bridge Dam was built to impound water for Lake Tawakoni

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Lake Tawakoni is on the Sabine River in Rains and Van Zandt counties, nine miles northeast of Wills Point. The lake, which extends into Hunt County, is impounded by Iron Bridge Dam, an earthfill dam with a concrete spillway constructed by Forrest and Cotton, engineers. The project is owned and operated by the Sabine River Authority. Dam construction began in January 1958 and was completed in December 1960. The lake has a capacity of 936,200 acre-feet and a surface area of 36,700 acres at the spillway crest elevation of 437.5 feet above mean sea level. The 200-mile-long shoreline is in Rains, Hunt, and Van Zandt counties. The water is used for municipal, industrial, and irrigation supplies. The drainage area above the dam is 756 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 Tawakoni is part of or belongs to the following places:

Lake Measurements

  • Surface Area (in acres): 37,325
  • Storage Capacity (in acre-feet): 871,695

Lake Maintained or Owned by

Sabine River Authority

Date of Origin

1960 (64 years ago)

Currently Exists


Place type

Lake Tawakoni is classified as a Lake


  • Recreation
  • Municipal water supply
  • Irrigation
  • Industry

Associated Names

  • (Iron Bridge Dam)