Denison Dam

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Denison Dam
DenisonDam 01-2006.jpg
Denison Dam is located in Oklahoma
Denison Dam
Location of Denison Dam in Oklahoma
Country United States
Location Bryan County, Oklahoma / Grayson County, Texas, USA
Coordinates 33°49′5″N 96°34′20″W / 33.81806°N 96.57222°W / 33.81806; -96.57222Coordinates: 33°49′5″N 96°34′20″W / 33.81806°N 96.57222°W / 33.81806; -96.57222
Status Operational
Owner(s) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Earth-fill embankment
Impounds Red River of the South
Height 165 ft (50 m)
Length 15,200 ft (4,633 m) (not including levees)
Creates Lake Texoma
Total capacity 2,525,568 acre feet (3.115242×109 m3)
Surface area 89,000 acres (36,000 ha)
Power station
Commission date 1945/1949
Turbines 2 x 40 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 80 MW

Denison Dam, also known as Lake Texoma Dam, is a dam located on the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma that impounds Lake Texoma. The purpose of the dam is flood control, water supply, hydroelectric power production, river regulation, navigation and recreation.[1]


Completed in 1943 primarily as a flood control project, it was at the time the "largest rolled-earth fill dam in the world".[2] Only five times has the lake reached the dam's spillway at a height of 640 feet (200 m) above sea level: 1957, 1990, 2007, and twice in 2015. It takes its name from Denison, Texas, just downriver from the damface.

Denison Dam contains a total of 18.8 million cubic yards (14,000,000 m³) of rolled-earth fill. It produces roughly 250,000 megawatt hours of electricity per year, while Lake Texoma provides nearly 125,000 acre feet (154,000,000 m3) of water storage for local communities under five permanent contracts.

In addition to two federally managed wildlife-refuge areas, Denison Dam has made possible 47 recreational areas managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, two state parks -- one in Oklahoma and one in Texas -- as well as 80,000 acres (32,000 ha) of open public land used for hunting.

[...] General Lucius D. Clay was the principal manager of the project.[3]


  1. ^ "Lake Texoma". U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "History & Heritage of Civil Engineering: Denison Dam". American Society of Civil Engineers. Retrieved April 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Denison Dam: Facts & Figures". American Society of Civil Engineers. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved April 7, 2010. 

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