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This project is located on Lake Fork Creek, a major tributary of the Sabine River, about 5 miles west of Quitman, Texas, about 70 miles east of Dallas, Texas. The Lake Fork Division is responsible for the Lake Fork Dam and Reservoir Project.
The reservoir, owned an operated by the Sabine River Authority of Texas, inundates land in Wood, Rains, and Hopkins Counties. Preliminary engineering studies for the Lake Fork Reservoir Project were initiated in November, 1972. Construction work on the project began in the fall of 1975. Final closure of the dam was made in February, 1980, and conservation pool level was reached in December, 1985. A total of 41,100 acres of land were acquired for the project. Lake Fork Reservoir has an estimated surface area of 27,690 acres at conservation pool elevation 403.0 feet above mean m.s.l. (mean sea level) and extends up Lake Fork Creek about 15 miles.
THE OFFICIAL PURPOSE
WATER USE. WHO USES THE WATER?
Construction of the Lake Fork Reservoir was funded through a water supply agreement with several corporations, including Texas Utilities Generating Company, Inc., now Luminant, to provide water for municipal and industrial uses. Several municipalities, as well as water supply corporations and industrial and agricultural interests, have contracted for purchase of water from the reservoir. The reservoir's storage capacity at the 403 foot m.s.l. conservation pool level is 675,819 acre-feet with a minimum firm yield of 188,660 acre-feet per year.
A SECONDARY BENEFIT OF LAKE FORK IS TOURISM AND ECONOMIC IMPACT: FISHING
Lake Fork Fishing opportunities have been particularly good due to fishery management efforts of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department who began stocking the reservoir with Florida largemouth bass in 1978. The Sabine River Basin is made up of all or part of 21 counties, covers a large portion of east Texas.
HISTORY OF THE SRA
The Sabine River Authority of Texas currently supplies water for municipal, industrial, mining, and agricultural purposes. The Sabine River Authority of Texas was created by the Legislature in 1949 as an official agency of the State of Texas to act as a conservation and reclamation district with responsibilities to control, store, preserve, and distribute the waters of the Sabine River and its tributary streams for useful purposes. The boundaries established by the Act of the Legislature comprise all of the area lying within the watershed of the Sabine River and its tributary streams within the State of Texas. The watershed area includes all of parts of twenty-one counties.
Request for Water
For specific details on water availability, contact the Sabine River Authority of Texas, (409) 746-2192.
Lake Fork owner & Resevioir Controlling Authority
Lake Fork Division - Lake Fork Reservoir
353 PR 5183
Quitman, TX 75783
Bill Kirby, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: On the Sabine River in Hopkins, Rains and Wood Counties, 5 miles northwest of Quitman, between the towns of Alba, Emory, and Yantis. (There is no incorporated city called "Lake Fork, Texas"; the Lake covers a large geographical area near several towns.)
Surface area: 27,264 acres
Maximum depth: 70 feet