Terrell City Lake

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Terrell Reservoir is in the Trinity River basin five miles east of Terrell on U.S. Highway 80 in Kaufman County (at 32°43' N, 96°10' W). The reservoir, also known as Terrell City Lake, was formed by the impounding of Muddy Cedar Creek in 1955. It is owned and operated by the city of Terrell and serves as a municipal water supply and recreation area. Terrell Reservoir drains a fourteen-square-mile area; it comprises a surface area of 885 square miles. Its normal elevation is 503 feet above sea level, and its spillway elevation is 504 feet. The reservoir's storage area is 8,300 acre-feet. At its emergency spillway crest elevation, the reservoir's capacity is 12,400 acre-feet and its surface area is 1,150 acres.

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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

Terrell City Lake is part of or belongs to the following places:

Lake Measurements

  • Surface Area (in acres): 849
  • Storage Capacity (in acre-feet): 8,594

Lake Maintained or Owned by

City of Terrell

Date of Origin

1955 (69 years ago)

Currently Exists


Place type

Terrell City Lake is classified as a Lake


  • Recreation
  • Municipal water supply