Panhandle Plains
Fort Phantom Hill Lake
Fort Phantom Hill Lake History:
Construction of the 4,213 surface acre Fort Phantom Hill Dam began on Elm Creek in 1937. The lake was impounded in 1938. Elm Creek is a tributary of the Clear Fork Brazos River. The lake has a maximum depth of 66 feet, and the dam is 70 feet tall. The City of Abilene owns and operates the lake for municipal water and recreational purposes. Since the lake was constructed, the city began diverting water from the Clear Fork and Deadman Creek to increase the water capacity. All lake facilities are operated by the City of Abilene. Amenities include 4 boat ramps and two parks offering picnicking and primitive camping. The lake is Abilene’s main water supply source. A West Texas Utility a power plant is located on the lake. The lake is located north of IH-20, 15 miles north of Abilene, and 5 miles south of Nugent, Texas. FM 2833 is on the east side of lake), FM 600 is on the west side of lake, and FM 1082 is on the north side of the lake.
Fort Phantom Hill Lake Location Map 
Fort Phantom Hill Lake Level
Fort Phantom Hill 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.