Belton Dam and the lake
|Location||Bell and Coryell counties, 5 mi (8 km) northwest of Belton, Texas|
|Type||Flood control reservoir|
|Primary inflows||Leon River|
|Primary outflows||Leon River|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||12,385 acres (50.120 km2)|
|Max. depth||124 ft (38 m)|
|Water volume||435,000 acre·ft (0.537 km3)|
|Surface elevation||594 ft (181 m)|
Belton Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir on the Leon River in the Brazos River basin, 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Belton, Texas, USA. The lake extends into both Bell County and Coryell County. Belton Dam and the lake are both managed by the Fort Worth District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The reservoir was officially impounded in 1954, and serves to provide flood control and drinking water for Belton, Temple, and the surrounding communities. Belton Lake is a popular recreational destination.
Belton Lake has been stocked with species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish present in Belton Lake include largemouth bass, white bass, smallmouth bass, hybrid striped bass, catfish, sunfish, bluegill, crappie, longnose gar and alligator gar.
In addition to maintaining the dam that creates the reservoir, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains recreational facilities at the lake, including Live Oak Ridge Park, Cedar Ridge Park, Winkler Park, White Flint Park, and Westcliff Park. Boating and fishing are very popular. The Girl Scouts' Camp Kachina is on the shores of the lake.
- Official Belton Lake web site
- Belton Lake - Texas Parks & Wildlife
- Belton Lake from the Handbook of Texas Online
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