Lake Ray Roberts
|Ray Roberts Lake|
|Location||Denton / Cooke / Grayson counties, Texas, United States|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||29,350 acres (119 km2)|
Lake Ray Roberts (formally Ray Roberts Lake) is an artificial 29,350-acre (119 km2) American reservoir located 10 miles (20 km) north of Denton, Texas, between the cities of Pilot Point, Texas and Sanger, Texas. It is filled by a tributary of the Trinity River.
It was named after Ray Roberts (a local congressman who supported creation of the lake) in 1980.
On March 2, 1945, the U.S. Congress approved the River & Harbors Act of 1945 which, among many projects, provided for the construction of Benbrook Lake, Grapevine Lake, Lavon Lake and Ray Roberts Lake, as well as modifications to the existing Garza Dam for the construction of Lewisville Lake. Ray Roberts Dam, an earthen structure 141 feet high, is owned and operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
The construction of Lake Ray Roberts resulted in the dissolution of several communities in the surrounding area. One notable community, which surrounded St. James Baptist Church, was given funds to build a new church in the nearby town of Pilot Point.
- "Ray Roberts Lake State Park — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department". tpwd.state.tx.us. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
- "Archaeology of the Johnson and Jones Farmsteads in the Ray Roberts Lake Area (1850-1950)" (PDF). Retrieved 15 December 2018.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Ray Roberts Lake
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Corps Lake Gateway – Ray Roberts Lake
- Texas Parks and Wildlife: Ray Roberts Lake Wildlife Management Area