Inks Dam

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Inks Dam
Roy B Inks Dam.jpg
Official name Inks Dam
Location Burnet / Llano counties, Texas, United States
Coordinates 30°43′52″N 98°23′5″W / 30.73111°N 98.38472°W / 30.73111; -98.38472Coordinates: 30°43′52″N 98°23′5″W / 30.73111°N 98.38472°W / 30.73111; -98.38472
Construction began 1936
Opening date 1938 [1]
Operator(s) Lower Colorado River Authority
Dam and spillways
Impounds Colorado River
Height 96.5 feet (29.4 m)
Length 1,547.5 feet (471.7 m)
Width (base) 75.1 feet (22.9 m)
Creates Inks Lake
Power station
Turbines 1 [1]
Installed capacity 15 MW [1]

Inks Dam was constructed from 1936 to 1938 and forms Inks Lake, one of the seven Texas Highland Lakes. The dam is located at 30.7307 -98.3842 about 10 miles (16 km) west-southwest of Burnet, Texas. It was constructed to provide hydroelectric power, and helps buffer the large changes in water flow Buchanan Dam, 3 miles (5 km) upstream, tends to produce. It is the smallest dam in the Texas Highland Lakes chain, and is the only one that does not have floodgates. Water passes through the hydroelectric turbines or over the spillway.


  1. ^ a b c "Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2007" (Excel). Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 

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