O.C. Fisher Reservoir

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O.C. Fisher Reservoir
Location Tom Green County, west of San Angelo, Texas
Coordinates 31°29′0″N 100°29′0″W / 31.48333°N 100.48333°W / 31.48333; -100.48333
Primary inflows North Concho River
Primary outflows North Concho River
Basin countries United States
Max. length 8.5 mi (13.7 km)[1]
Max. width 2.5 mi (4.0 km)[1]
Surface area 5,440 acres (2,200 ha)[2]
Max. depth 58 ft (18 m)[2]
Water volume 396,400 acre·ft (0.4890 km3)[1]
Surface elevation 1,908 ft (582 m)[2]

O.C. Fisher Reservoir (also known as O.C. Fisher Lake, formerly known as San Angelo Lake) is an artificial lake located west of the city of San Angelo, Texas. With the financial support of the Upper Colorado River Authority, construction on the dam to form the reservoir was begun by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1947 and the lake was officially impounded in 1952. Originally named San Angelo Lake, the reservoir was renamed in 1975 for local U.S. Congressman O.C. Fisher, to honor his 23 years of service in the United States Congress.[1]

O.C. Fisher Reservoir was established to provide flood control and a secondary drinking water source for San Angelo and the surrounding communities in Tom Green County. The lake also serves as a recreational venue for fishing, boating, and swimming.[1] The dam and reservoir are managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, which leases 7,677 acres (3,107 ha) of the surrounding shoreline to Texas Parks and Wildlife, for San Angelo State Park.[3]

Due to the 2011 drought affecting Texas, the water had taken on a reddish hue, caused by bacteria of the Chromatiaceae, which were thriving in the oxygen-deprived water.[4] As of March 2012, the reservoir has 0 acre-feet remaining and is officially at 0% capacity.[5]

Fish populations[edit]

O.C. Fisher Reservoir has been stocked with species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish present in the lake include largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, and white crappie.[2] As of 2012, due to severe drought conditions, the lake is completely dry, and no fish are alive in the reservoir.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Handbook of Texas Online (2009). "O.C. Fisher Lake". Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Texas Parks and Wildlife (2009). "O.C. Fisher Reservoir". Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  3. ^ United States Army Corps of Engineers (2009). "O.C. Fisher Lake". Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  4. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/end-times-texas-lake-turns-blood-red-215004338.html
  5. ^ http://wiid.twdb.state.tx.us/ims/resinfo/BushButton/lakeStatus.asp?selcat=3&slbasin=83