Medina Lake

The dam at Medina Lake

The dam at Medina Lake

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Medina Lake, an artificial lake on the Medina River, is eight miles northwest of the Medina River in southeast Bandera and northeast Medina counties (its center is at 29°32' N, 98°56' W). The lake was constructed to irrigate farmlands in Medina, Bexar, and Atascosa counties, but it also became an important recreational facility in the area.

Henri Castro explored the Medina River Valley in the 1840s and saw that its deep canyons could be used to irrigate farmlands to the south if water that periodically flooded the canyons could be contained. Castro's observation went unnoticed until the end of the nineteenth century. In 1894 Alex Y. Walton, Jr., a civil engineer from San Antonio, became excited by the possibility of impounding the Medina's floodwaters and discussed the idea with Terrell Bartlett and Willis Ranney, also civil engineers from San Antonio. The three could not raise the necessary funds for building a dam until 1910, when they were put in touch with Frederick Stark Pearson, an engineer who had been involved in power projects in North and South America and had the confidence of investors.

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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

Medina Lake is part of or belongs to the following places:

Lake Measurements

  • Surface Area (in acres): 6,059
  • Storage Capacity (in acre-feet): 254,823

Lake Maintained or Owned by

Bexar, Medina, Atascosa Co. WID No. 1

Date of Origin

1913 (111 years ago)

Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Medina Lake is classified as a Lake

Purpose

  • Irrigation