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Scurry
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Lake J.B. Thomas
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Lake J.B. Thomas Information:
The 7,282 surface acre Lake J.B. Thomas was impounded on the Colorado River in 1952. The maximum lake depth is 61 feet. At that time, it was one of the only lakes in West Texas. For the first 20 years Lake Thomas was a booming community featuring three concessions, hundreds of lakeside cabins and a resident physician. The lake was near full for most of those decades. It flooded three times, with the last flood occurring in 1962. The area was in a drought by 1970. Since the drought the lake has rarely been above half full, but even at very low levels, it covers a significant amount of surface acreage making it very popular with area fishermen. Predominate fish species include largemouth bass, white bass, channel, flathead and blue catfish, and white crappie; lake maps are not available. Four parks are located on the lake. South Side Park’s boat ramp is accessible even at very low lake levels. The boat ramps at South Side, Rocky Point and Sandy Beach remain open regardless of lake levels. White Island and Bull Creek parks are closed during low water levels. Camping facilities, picnic areas and restrooms are located on the southeast shore of the lake off FM 1298. Day, annual or senior vehicle permits are required. The lake and parks are managed by the Colorado Municipal Water District. (432) 267-6341.The lake is located 10 miles southwest of Snyder, Texas on FM 1298. 
 
Brazos River:  
The Brazos River rises at the confluence of its Salt Fork and Double Mountain Fork near the eastern boundary of Stonewall County in the Texas Panhandle Plains Region. It runs 840 miles across Texas to its mouth on the Gulf of Mexico, two miles south of Freeport in Brazoria County. The two forks rise 150 miles above the confluence, thus forming a continuous 1,050 mile long watershed, making it the longest river in Texas. The Brazos has seven principal tributaries, including the Salt and Double Mountain forks. The others are the Clear Fork, the Bosque and Little rivers, Yegua Creek, and the Navasota River which joins the Brazos River six miles southwest of Navasota in southwestern Grimes County. In addition, there are fifteen sub tributaries within the watershed, the most important being the Leon River, a tributary of the Little River. Although the Brazos was well known to Spanish explorers and missionaries who described the Indians located along its banks, the first permanent settlements on the river were made by Anglo-Americans. John McFarland, one of the Old Three Hundred, founded San Felipe de Austin at the Atascosito Crossing of the Brazos. The town became the colonial capital of Texas. Velasco, the site of the first colonial resistance to Mexican authority, is located on the River as are Columbia and Washington-on-the-Brazos, two of the first seats of government of the Republic of Texas. Originally, the Brazos was navigable for 250 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the town of Washington. It was an important waterway before the Civil War, and efforts to improve it for navigation continued until the early twentieth century. Important cities in the Brazos watershed are Lubbock, Graham, Waco, Temple, Belton, Freeport and Galveston. Houston abuts the region along the Fort Bend and Brazoria County lines. The most important lakes on the Brazos River are Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Whitney. Brazos River Authority  Fish Stocking History     
 
Lake Directions:
The lake is located approximately 15 miles northeast of Big Spring (west of SH 350), and 10 miles southwest of Snyder, Texas off FM 1298.