Praries & Lakes
Cedar Creek Reservoir
Cedar Creek Reservoir Information:
This 32,623 surface acre reservoir is the fourth largest lake in Texas. Construction of the dam on Cedar Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River, began in 1961, a half mile south of Kent, Texas. The lake was impounded in 1965. The Cedar Creek Dam is located on the south end of the lake in Malakoff, Texas. The lake is 18 miles long, is 8.5 miles at its widest point, has 320 miles of shoreline, and has a maximum depth of 53 feet. It supplies water to Fort Worth and other cities and is used for recreational purposes. It is one of the few lakes in East Texas that permits private ownership of its shoreline and permits the construction of private boathouses. The lake’s proximity to the Dallas/Fort Worth area makes it a popular weekend destination for residents of those cities. Many Cedar Creek Lake residents commute to the Dallas area for work. The lake is located approximately 70 miles southeast of Dallas, 3 miles northeast of Trinidad, and 10 miles west of Athens in the area between U.S. 175 and SH 274.  
Cedar Creek Reservoir Location Map 
Current Cedar Creek Reservoir Lake Level 
Cedar Creek Reservoir TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
Cedar Creek:
The creek rises five miles north of Prairieville in eastern Kaufman County. It flows southeast into Van Zandt County approximately ten miles east of Kaufman, Texas. It then flows southwest and renters Kaufman County where it flows 35.5 miles to its mouth on the Trinity River, a half mile south of the Creslenn Ranch in Central Henderson County. In 1965, the Cedar Creek Reservoir was impounded on the creek, a half mile south of Kent, Texas.
Cedar Creek Islands Wildlife Management Area Information:
The 160 acre Cedar Creek Islands WMA is comprised of three islands totaling 160 acres in the Cedar Creek Reservoir. The WMA is heavily used as rookeries by aquatic birds and should not be disturbed during spring and summer. Wildlife viewing is allowed only by boat or from the banks of the Cedar Creek Reservoir. Public access to the islands is not permitted. Predominant bird species include egrets, herons, and cormorants. Camping is available at Purtis Creek Park near Athens, and Fairfield Lake State Park near Fairfield, Texas.In Mabank, drive 5 miles south on SH 334 to Gun Barrel City and cross the reservoir to Seven Points (4 miles). The Big Island is in the north part of the reservoir off U.S. 175 and Old Highway 40.