Smithers Lake

The water of Smithers Lake is used for cooling an electric plant

The water of Smithers Lake is used for cooling an electric plant

Photo by the Texas state government, public domain

Smithers Lake is on Dry Creek in the Brazos River Basin ten miles southeast of Richmond in Fort Bend County. The project is owned and operated by the Houston Lighting and Power Company as the cooling-water supply for a steam-electric generating station. Construction was started on August 22, 1956, and was completed on July 1, 1957. Water had already been impounded in a small lake, and the date for beginning of impoundment in the new lake was October 15, 1957. The lake has a capacity of 18,000 acre-feet and a surface area of 2,140 acres, at an elevation of sixty-six feet above mean sea level. Runoff is supplemented by water purchased from the canal system of the Richmond Rice Association as needed to keep the lake elevation at normal level for the plant operation. The drainage area above the dam is 24.2 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.

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Date of Origin

1957 66 years ago

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Place type

Smithers Lake is classified as a Lake


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