Gulf Coast
Lake Houston
Lake Houston Information:
The 11, 854 surface acre lake was impounded on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River in 1954. It has a maximum depth of 45 feet. The 62 foot high San Jacinto Dam is located just below the confluence of the East and West Forks of the Trinity River. Lake amenities include parks, trails and marinas. FM 1960 and the McKay Railroad Bridge cross the lake. The lake is owned by the City of Houston and is managed by the Coastal Water Authority. The north shore of Lake Houston borders the southeastern city limits of Kingwood, Texas. 
Lake Houston Location Map 
Lake Houston Lake Level 
Lake Houston TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
San Jacinto River:
The San Jacinto River rises at the San Jacinto Dam on the southern rim of Lake Houston and flows southeast for 28 miles to its mouth on Galveston Bay. Both Lake Houston and the river are formed by the confluence of the 69 mile long East Fork and the 90 mile long West Fork of the San Jacinto River. Lake Conroe is formed by the impoundment of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. The Houston Ship Channel, built in 1914 to link the Port of Houston with Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, runs through Buffalo Bayou and the lower portion of the San Jacinto River. The river proper is navigable for approximately twenty miles above its mouth. Commercial shipping traffic in the main channel renders it unsuitable for recreational purposes, but the nine-mile-long Lake Houston, a multiple-use reservoir constructed in 1953, is a major recreational facility. The river is best known as the site of the Battle of San Jacinto, at which, on April 21, 1836, Texan forces led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexican Army under the command of Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna, thus securing Texas's independence. The San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park is located on the south bank of Buffalo Bayou near its mouth on the river.