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Lake Fork owner & Reservioir Controlling Authority
[Wood County, TX] SRA Press Release (click to print or download)
Lake Fork Reservoir – Soil Cement Repairs
April 1, 2022
Earlier this year the water level at Lake Fork Reservoir was lowered to an elevation of approximately 397‐ft to make repairs and further assess soil cement along the upstream side of the Lake Fork Dam. Further inspections were conducted by divers and revealed submerged areas below elevation 397 that were also in need of repair. A two phased approach was conducted to repair the above water and below water repairs.
All above water repair work has been completed and as of this press release the SRA will no longer hold the reservoir at elevation 397. The rate of rise of the lake will depend on rainfall and inflow from upstream tributaries. Underwater repair work will continue for the foreseeable future but can be conducted as the reservoir is allowed to fill.
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 of the SRA is responsible for the Lake Fork Dam and Reservoir Project. Lake Fork is geographically located in Wood and Raines County.
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.
Visitors, Boat Ramps, Info
In the Counties of
Wood, Hopkins & Rains
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