Balmorhea Lake

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Balmorhea Lake
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Location Reeves County, Texas
Coordinates 30°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
Type Irrigation reservoir
Primary inflows Sandia Creek, Toyah Creek
Primary outflows Sandia Creek
Basin countries United States
Surface area 556 acres (225 ha)
Max. depth 25 ft (7.6 m)
Water volume 6,350 acre·ft (0.00783 km3)
Surface elevation 3,187 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.

Fishing[edit]

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, grass carp, quillback, channel catfish, black bullhead, and gizzard shad.

Recreational uses[edit]

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

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