Balmorhea Lake

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Balmorhea Lake
LocationReeves County, Texas
Coordinates30°57.77′N 103°43.25′W / 30.96283°N 103.72083°W / 30.96283; -103.72083Coordinates: 30°57.77′N 103°43.25′W / 30.96283°N 103.72083°W / 30.96283; -103.72083
TypeIrrigation reservoir
Primary inflowsSandia Creek, Toyah Creek
Primary outflowsSandia Creek
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area556 acres (225 ha)
Max. depth25 ft (7.6 m)
Water volume6,350 acre⋅ft (0.00783 km3)
Surface elevation3,187 ft (971 m)

Balmorhea Lake is a reservoir on Sandia Creek 2 miles (3 km) southeast of downtown Balmorhea, Texas. Water from Toyah Creek, fed by the nearby San Solomon Springs, is also fed into the reservoir, as is excess water in the Phantom Lake Canal. The reservoir was built in 1917 by the construction of a dam by the Reeves County Water Improvement District. The reservoir provides water for irrigation, and is a popular recreational spot for locals.

Balmorhea Lake is also known as Lower Parks Reservoir.


Balmorhea Lake has been stocked with species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish that are present in Balmorhea Lake include largemouth bass, sunfish, European carp, mirror carp, channel catfish, blue catfish, black bullhead, and gizzard shad.

Recreational uses[edit]

Balmorhea Lake is used for swimming, fishing, bird-watching, and boating.

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