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Coleman, Concho, Runnels
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Panhandle Plains
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O.H. Ivie Reservoir
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O.H. Ivie Reservoir Information:
Originally called Stacy Reservoir, the 19,149 surface acre O.H. Ivie Reservoir was impounded on the Colorado River in 1990. It has a maximum depth of 119 feet. The dam is located 16 miles below the confluence of the Concho and Colorado Rivers. CRMWD operates three lake parks including Concho Park on the south shore, Kennedy Park near the dam, and Padgitt Park on the north shore. Day, annual or senior lake access permits are required. The lake is located just northeast of Paint Rock, southwest of Coleman and southeast of Ballinger, Texas. Lake Location Map  Current Lake Level 
 
Colorado River:
The Colorado River is the largest of the rivers that exist wholly in Texas. The river rises in intermittent draws in northeastern Dawson County and flows generally southeastward for 600 miles before it bends to the east across southern Burnet County and continues its southeastern course across Travis, Bastrop, Payette, Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda Counties to its mouth on Matagorda Bay near Palacios, Texas. Major towns on its route include Austin, Lamesa, Colorado City, Robert Lee, Ballinger, Paint Rock, Marble Falls, Bastrop, Smithville, La Grange, Columbus, Wharton, Bay City and Matagorda. Important reservoirs (lakes) on the Colorado include Lake J.B. Thomas, E.V. Spence Reservoir, Buchanan Lake, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ, Lake Marble Falls, Lake Travis, Lake Austin, and Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) in Austin; the latter 7 lakes are known as the Highland Lakes. Early in the 19th century the river’s slow current caused the formation of a raft, or a log jam, which gradually grew upstream so that the river was navigable in 1839 for only ten miles above its mouth. By 1858 the situation in Matagorda and Wharton counties had become so bad that the state appropriated funds for the construction of a new channel around the raft; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the channel in the mid-1800s, but it was not maintained so the raft filled it up. After the Civil War the Colorado ceased to be a factor in transportation. The delta that developed after removal of the log jam in 1925, reached across Matagorda Bay as far as Matagorda Peninsula by 1936. In 1936 a channel was dredged through the new delta from the Gulf of Mexico to the town of Matagorda, thus forcing the river to deposit its flotsam and sediment directly into the Gulf. With the removal of the raft, the seaport town of Matagorda gradually became landlocked. The present Caney Creek channel was the original channel of the Colorado River until approximately a thousand years ago. The Lower, Central, and Upper Colorado River Authorities are the three agencies that oversee the conservation of and use of the Colorado River. Fish Stocking History
 
Kennedy Recreation Area & Elm Creek Village Marina:
Amenities include a concrete boat ramp, a courtesy dock, a fish cleaning station, a fish weighing scale a gas dock, a ships store, a restaurant, guide services, 18 RV sites with electric and water hookups, 12 RV sites with full hookups, a dump station, primitive camping, cabins, 30 motel rooms, guide services, picnic tables with BBQ grills, a group picnic pavilion, restrooms, and parking. Open year round; ramp and camping fees apply. CMWD: (432) 267-6341. Elm Creek Marina: (325) 357-4776. The park is located on the southeast end of the lake off RR 1929. 
 
Concho Recreation Area & Marina:
Amenities include 4 boat ramps (at least one extends to the river bed), a courtesy dock, a fish cleaning station, a store selling live bait and other items, a restaurant, fish weighing station, a gas dock, picnic areas, restrooms, motel rooms and camping. Open year round; ramp and camping fees apply. CMWD: (432) 267-6341. Concho Marina:(325) 357-4466. Located mid-lake on the south shore of the lake, 14 miles east of U.S. 83, off of RR 1929.
 
Padgitt Recreation Area:
Amenities include a concrete boat ramp, a courtesy dock, primitive and RV camping (no hookups), picnic tables with BBQ grills, and parking. Open year round; ramp and camping fees apply. CMWD: (432) 267-6341. This area is located on the north shore of the lake, 10 miles south of U.S. 67 on FM 503.
 
Elm Creek Village & Grill:
Amenities include a convenience store, tackle shop, a short order grill, 30 motel rooms, 10 RV sites with full hookups, 10 RV sites with partial hookups and free Wi-Fi. (325) 357-4776. 457 RR 10, Voss, Texas. Email  Voss Area Map
 
Lake Directions:
The lake is located on FM 2134 and FM 1929, just northeast of Paint Rock, southwest of Coleman, and southeast of Ballinger.