Praries & Lakes
Benbrook Lake
Benbrook Lake Information:
Benbrook Lake was created for flood control in the Trinity River Basin, water conservation, recreation, and to create a shipping channel along the length of the Trinity River from Fort Worth/Dallas to Trinity Bay on the Gulf Coast. The shipping channel project was never completed, except for the 41 mile navigable section from Liberty Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. In 1992, the water originally intended for the navigation channel was re-allocated for municipal water use. In 1947, construction began on the Benbrook Dam on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, approximately 15 river miles above its confluence with the West Fork of the Trinity River in downtown Fort Worth. The 3,770 surface acre Benbrook Lake was impounded in 1952. The total construction cost to build the lake was $14,500,000. The dam is 130 feet tall, and the lake  has approximately 40 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 70 feet. The lake and shoreline are owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is located just south of Benbrook, Texas, 2.5 miles south of IH-20, and 10 miles southwest of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. From IH-20 take U.S. 377 at exit 429 A; drive 2.5 miles southwest to the lake.  
Benbrook Lake Location Map 
Benbrook Lake Facilities Map   
Current Benbrook Lake Level 
Historic Memorial Bur Oak Tree:
This has been designated the largest Bur Oak tree in Texas. It is 80 feet high, 19 feet in circumference, and over 6 feet in diameter. This Bur Oak lost its title when larger Bur Oaks were discovered in Mother Neff State Park and in Cooke County near the Red River. These two oaks were subsequently destroyed by storms or by lightning so the Memorial Bur Oak is again the largest in Texas. The tree is located behind the soapbox derby in Pecan Valley Park; cross the foot bridge over the river and follow the path that goes to the left.
Trinity River:
The Trinity River rises in three principal branches, the East Fork, the Elm Fork, and the West Fork; a shorter and smaller fourth stream is named the Clear Fork. The East Fork of the Trinity River rises in central Grayson County and flows south seventy-eight miles, through Collin, Rockwall, Dallas, and Kaufman Counties, to the southwestern part of Kaufman County, where it joins the West Fork. The Elm Fork of the Trinity rises in eastern Montague County and flows southeast eighty-five miles, through Cooke and Denton Counties, to its confluence with the West Fork at the beginning of the Trinity River proper just north of Hampton Road, a mile west of downtown Dallas. The Clear Fork of the Trinity rises in northwestern Parker County and flows forty-five miles to join the West Fork of the Trinity at Fort Worth in central Tarrant County. From the junction of the East and West Forks the Trinity River Proper continues southeast, forming the boundaries between several Texas counties. It then cuts across northern Walker County to form a portion of the county line between Walker and Trinity counties and the county line between Trinity and San Jacinto, and San Jacinto and Polk Counties. At the northern county line of Liberty County the Trinity turns almost directly south, cutting across Liberty and Chambers Counties, to its mouth on Trinity Bay just west of Anahuac. The Trinity flows 423 miles from the confluence of the Elm and West Forks to the coast, making it the longest river having its entire course in Texas. In addition to several dams on the river’s tributaries, the Trinity is dammed just above Camilla in San Jacinto County to form Livingston Reservoir. Other river lakes include Grapevine Lake, Lavon Lake, Ray Roberts Lake, Lake Arlington, Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lewisville Lake. Cities located on the Trinity River include Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Garland, Irving, Richardson, Plano, Grand Prairie, Baytown, Mesquite, Camilla and Anahuac.
Clear Fork Fish Stocking History 
Trinity River Fish Stocking History