Cedar Creek Reservoir (Texas)
|Cedar Creek Reservoir|
|Location||Henderson and Kaufman Counties, Texas|
|Lake type||Artificial lake|
|Catchment area||1,000 sq mi (2,600 km2)|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Max. length||approx. 18.6 mi (29.9 km)|
|Max. width||approx. 2.3 mi (3.70 km)|
|Max. depth||62 ft (19 m)|
Cedar Creek Reservoir is a reservoir located in Henderson and Kaufman Counties, Texas (USA), 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Dallas. It is built on Cedar Creek, which flows into the Trinity River. Floodwaters are discharged through a gated spillway into a discharge channel that connects to the Trinity River.
The lake has a drainage area of over 1,000 square miles (2,600 km²). The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department maintains three islands, totalling 160 acres (65 ha), as a Wildlife Management Area for aquatic birds. The lake is owned by the Tarrant Regional Water District, and supplies water to Fort Worth and other cities and water districts in Tarrant and Johnson counties. Construction on the lake began in 1961, and was completed in 1965.
Towns on or near the lake include Kemp, Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs, Enchanted Oaks, Eustace, Caney City, Malakoff, Star Harbor, Trinidad, Tool and Seven Points. Its proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex makes it a popular weekend getaway.
Creeks and rivers
Cedar Creek Reservoir was built on Cedar Creek, a tributary to the Trinity River. The dam is at the south end of the lake in the town of Malakoff. The spillway on the west side of the lake lets water into a canal to the Trinity River. Other major creeks that contribute to the inflow are Caney Creek, Clear Creek, and King's Creek.
The predominant fish species of Cedar Creek Lake are Blue catfish, Channel catfish, Flathead catfish, Largemouth bass, White bass, Hybrid striped bass, and Crappie. The best fishing areas for Largemouth bass are in the southern portion of the lake, where the water is clearer, especially the southern third of the lake in the large coves and inlets. The lake's record Largemouth bass weighed 14.65 pounds (6.52 kg). Catfish can be found everywhere, with more Blues than Channels. Fishing is particularly good in the spring and into summer. Due to the many smaller streams, creeks, and run-offs flowing into the lake, running jug lines in the channels of the many coves using goldfish, shad, and small sunfish makes for very good Blue catfish and Flathead (Yellow) catfish fishing grounds.
Cedar Creek Lake is a fourth water source for Tarrant Regional Water District's water supply. Its normal system capacity is 322.00 ft (98.15 m) above sea level. When the lake gets over that point gates from the spillway are opened releasing water. 2005 and 2006 were dry years sending the lake to a record low on December 12, 2006. The lake fell to 8.04 ft (2.45 m) below normal, at 313.96 ft (95.7 m). This passed the old record of 6.22 ft (2 m) low set on May 8, 1981. That afternoon the lake received over 4 in (102 mm) of rain causing the lake to rise about 6 in (152 mm). This was the first significant rainfall since April 2006. It was the big turnpoint for the drought in North Texas as more rain continued through the month. By January 1 the lake was only a little over 6 feet (2 m) low. Huge rainstorms throughout January would bring the lake to only 2 feet (0.6 m) low. A bit of a break came in February as mainly snow and ice added to the lake rising. By March 31, 2007 the lake was at 322.12 ft (98.18 m) and the flood gates were open for the first time since April 20, 2005. It was a huge success and it only got better. Lake Benbrook, Lake Worth, and Lake Arlington also filled up in these rains. Later on Richland-Chambers Reservoir filled up all the way, then Eagle Mountain, and then on June 30, 2007 Lake Bridgeport was full for the first time since May 15, 2001. More than six years since the flood gates had been open. It was a milestone for Tarrant regional water district having 7 of 7 of their lakes full. On the night of July 5 more than 5 in (127 mm) of rain fell sending Cedar Creek lake from a half foot (15 cm) over to 1.5 feet (45 cm) over beating the old 1.47 ft (0 m) set back in November 2001.