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Bardwell Lake Information:
The lake was built to provide 178 square miles of flood control and water conservation in the Trinity River Basin. Construction of the 82 foot high dam on Waxahachie Creek began in September 1963. Impoundment began in September 1963 and was completed in November 1965. The total construction cost was $12,630,000. Bardwell Lake is 5.4 miles long, 1.2 miles at its widest point, has 25 miles of shoreline, and has a maximum depth of 43 feet. Lakeside habitat is grassy and partially forested. The Ennis Texas area is famous for its spring Bluebonnets. Boats are subject to inspection for Zebra mussels, an invasive aquatic species. Lake Bardwell is located less than an hour south of the Dallas-Fort Worth area entirely within Ellis County. The dam is approximately 5 miles southwest of Ennis, Texas. The City of Bardwell is located on the west shore of the lake. 
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Waxahachie Creek:
The creek rises a mile north of Midlothian in northwest Ellis County and flows southeast for 23.5 miles. It parallels U.S. Highway 287 from Midlothian to the western city limits of Waxahachie, curves around that city's southern limits, flows beneath U.S. Highway 77, and skirts the eastern shore of Lake Waxahachie three miles south of the city. The creek is impounded 3 miles southeast of Ennis, Texas to form Bardwell Lake.