Dallas, Ellis, Tarrant
Praries & Lakes
Joe Pool Lake
Joe Pool Lake Information:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Trinity River Authority and the TPWD collaborated to plan and construct the Joe Pool Reservoir on Mountain Creek. It was impounded in 1986. The lake has 6,469 surface acres, over 100 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 75 feet. It is mostly fed by Mountain and Walnut Creeks. It drains north into Mountain Creek which feeds Mountain Creek Lake. The lake is one of the few lakes in Texas that drains north. Lake facilities include several parks, marinas and public boat ramps. Cedar Hill State Park is located lakeside. The northeastern corner of the lake is located in Dallas, and the remainder of the lake lies in Grand Prairie, Texas. The lake is located in southern Grand Prairie, 2 miles south of IH-20 (Great Southwest Parkway Exit). Current Lake Level  Public Access Facilities Map     
Archaeological Projects since 1977:
Finds include small, briefly occupied camps of prehistoric hunter/gatherers, several larger reoccupied camps, a small prehistoric village, an ante-bellum plantation, several large post-Civil War farmsteads, and a number of late 19th century farmsteads with standing buildings. Sites include the John Wesley Penn Farmstead at Cedar Hill State Park.