Panhandle Plains
Fort Phantom Hill Lake
Fort Phantom Hill Lake History:
The 4,213 surface acre Fort Phantom Hill Lake was impounded on Elm Creek in 1938. It has a maximum depth of 66 feet. Amenities include 4 boat ramps and two parks offering picnicking and primitive camping. All facilities are operated by the City of Abilene. The lake is Abilene’s main water supply source. It is located north of IH-20, 15 miles north of Abilene on FM 2833 (east side of lake), on FM 600 (west side of lake), and on FM 1082 on the north side of the lake. TPWD Public Access Facilities Map   
Elm Creek:
The creek rises in the southern portion of Taylor County. It flows south for 27 miles to its mouth on the Colorado River near Ballinger, Texas. In addition to the dam forming Fort Phantom Hill Lake, a second dam is located approximately one mile north of Ballinger. This dam creates a lake used for irrigation purposes.