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Praries & Lakes
Lake Texoma
Lake Texoma Information:
The 74,686 surface acre Lake Texoma was created by the construction of the 3 mile long Denison Dam on the Red River on the Texas and Oklahoma border, approximately 5 miles northwest of Denison, Texas. The lake is fed by the Red and the Washita Rivers. The lake was impounded in 1944, has a maximum depth of 100 feet, and over 580 miles of shoreline. It is the 11th largest manmade reservoir in the United States. In July, 2007, water flowed over the emergency spillway for the third time in the dam’s history. Lake amenities include 2 wildlife refuges, two state parks (one in Oklahoma), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks, other locally managed parks, 12 marinas, 26 resort/RV parks, and many boat ramps. The lake offers excellent fishing for striper (white striped bass); it is one of the few reservoirs in the nation where striped bass reproduce naturally. The lake is known as “The Striper Capital of the World.” Several islands on the lake are popular with boaters and partiers. The lake is known for its bald eagles. Lake Texoma is one of the most popular Federal recreation facilities in the nation with over 6 million visitors annually. The U.S. 70 Roosevelt Bridge crosses the Washita Arm of Lake Texoma near Oklahoma. The U.S. 377 Willis Bridge crosses the Lake’s Red River Arm near the west end of Lake Texoma.
Lake Texoma Location Map
Current Lake Texoma Lake Level
Lake Texoma Facilities Map
Lake Texoma TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
Washita River:
The river rises in southeastern Roberts County near the town of Miami, Texas and flows east for thirty-five miles, crossing southern Hemphill County to enter Roger Mills County, Oklahoma. From the Texas-Oklahoma state line the river flows southeast for 260 miles to its mouth on the northern end of Lake Texoma in Johnston County Oklahoma.
Red River:
The Red River arises in two forks in the Texas Panhandle and southwestern Oklahoma. The southern and largest fork, the Prairie Dog Town Fork, is formed near Canyon, Texas by the confluence of Palo Duro Creek and Tierra Blanca Creek. The southern fork flows in a southeast direction through Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and past Newlin, Texas to the Texas/Oklahoma state line; at this point it is generally considered to be the main stem of the Red River. The South Fork joins the North Fork near Elmer, Oklahoma and proceeds to follow a winding course for 540 miles along the Texas/Oklahoma border. The Wichita River joins the Red River east of Henrietta, Texas. Near Denison the Denison Dam on the Red River forms Lake Texoma; the lake is also fed by the Washita River from the north. The Red River flows out of the southeast end of the lake and flows in a generally eastward direction to Arkansas. Muddy Boggy Creek flows into the river before the river turns south towards Texarkana. Past Texarkana the river crosses south into Louisiana. Texas towns located along the river or near the river include Hereford, Amarillo, Canyon, Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, Denison and Texarkana.