Lake Fork Reservoir

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Lake Fork Reservoir
A mashy inlet of Lake Fork in Rains County, east of Dallas in northeast Texas LCCN2015630125.tif
Marshy inlet on Lake Fork
Location of Lake Fork Reservoir in Texas, USA.
Location of Lake Fork Reservoir in Texas, USA.
Lake Fork Reservoir
Location of Lake Fork Reservoir in Texas, USA.
Location of Lake Fork Reservoir in Texas, USA.
Lake Fork Reservoir
LocationWood / Rains / Hopkins counties, Texas, US
Coordinates32°48′15″N 95°32′22″W / 32.80417°N 95.53944°W / 32.80417; -95.53944Coordinates: 32°48′15″N 95°32′22″W / 32.80417°N 95.53944°W / 32.80417; -95.53944
Primary inflowsLake Fork Creek, Big Caney, Little Caney
Catchment area493 sq mi (1,280 km2)
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area27,264 acres (11,033 ha)
Surface elevation403.0 ft (122.8 m)

Lake Fork Reservoir is a reservoir located in Wood, Rains, and Hopkins counties in the state of Texas, between the towns of Quitman, Alba, Emory, and Yantis, Texas.

It was impounded by the Lake Fork Dam in 1980, and reached its normal pool surface elevation of 403.0 feet (123 m) above mean sea level in 1985. It consists of 27,690 acres (112 km²), offers 315 miles (507 km) of shoreline, and has a drainage area of 493 square miles (1,277 km²). The dam is 12,410 feet (3,783 m) in length and impounds Lake Fork Creek, a tributary of the Sabine River, and other major creeks are Big Caney and Little Caney.

The dam and reservoir with a maximum capacity of 675,819 acre-feet are owned and operated by the Sabine River Authority, a state agency.

It officially serves as a reservoir for Dallas and its suburbs.[1] However, it is best known for its fishing, as it holds 15 of the top 20 Texas State Record largemouth bass ever caught, making it one of the premier trophy bass fishing lakes in the world.


Lake Fork Reservoir was created as a textbook fishery, including initial stockings before the lake filled. Lake Fork Reservoir was established, by the Texas Parks and Wildlife, as a premier bass fishing lake, with 732,514 Florida-strain largemouth bass being stocked from 1979 through 1987. Lake Fork Reservoir offers excellent fish habitat with 80% standing timber left intact, and hydrilla, milfoil, and duckweed being the predominant vegetation. Other species of fish include catfish, sand bass, yellow bass, black and white crappie, sunfish, bowfin, gar, and bluegill. The predominant food source for the larger fish is shad, minnows, and crawfish.

To preserve the great Lake Fork Reservoir bass fisheries, the Texas Parks and Wildlife implemented a protected slot limit of no bass between 16 and 24 inches will be kept, and will be returned into the waters of Lake Fork immediately. A 5 bass per day limit can be kept, consisting of 5 under 16 inches (406 mm), or 1 over 24 inches (609 mm), and 4 under 16 inches (406 mm).


  1. ^ "Lake Fork begins supplementing Dallas water supply". Retrieved January 2, 2010


source: Texas Parks and Wildlife, Army Corps of Engineers, and USGS

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