Lewisville Lake, Texas

Lake Lewisville is a reservoir adjacent to Lewisville in Denton County in the northern part of the US State of Texas. The reservoir was built in 1927 and later expanded for flood control and to provide water for Dallas and its suburbs. This lake is a well-known weekend getaway spot for metroplex residents and is perfect for boating, fishing, and camping. Many beautiful beaches, campgrounds, hiking and bike routes, golf courses, and other outdoor activities are available.

Geography Of Lake Lewisville

Sunset at Lake Lewisville
Sunset at Lake Lewisville. 

Lewisville Lake, formed by Garza Dam, is situated on the Elm Fork, a tributary of Trinity River, which provides most of its water supply. Lewisville Lake covers a surface area of 29,592 acres and has a length of 18km, a maximum width of 6.82km, and reaches a maximum depth of 20m. Lewisville Lake has a total capacity of 436,000 acre-ft. Additionally, since its impoundment in 1954, 28,603 acre-feet of sediment have been accumulated.

History Of Lake Lewisville

Aerial view of Lewisville Lake and Dam on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in Denton County, Texas
Aerial view of Lewisville Lake and Dam on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in Denton County, Texas. Image Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The second water-storage reservoir to impound the Elm Fork's waters at this location is Lake Lewisville. The first facility, Lake Dallas, was used by its owner, the city of Dallas, as the main municipal water source for 31 years. The River and Harbor Act, which called for the development of four flood-control lakes within the Trinity River basin, was passed by Congress in response to the 1940s' growing importance of conservation and flood control. Dallas, Highland Park, University Park, and Denton contributed to the project's $21,756,500 total cost in exchange for water rights, and the project was formerly known as the Garza-Little Elm Reservoir and Dam. On October 28, 1957, when the old Garza Dam was breached, the older and smaller Lake Dallas was merged into the new reservoir, known as Garza-Little Elm Lake. It appears that the legal name of the facility was unclear with the merger of Lake Dallas and Garza-Little Elm Reservoir. This issue was exacerbated when the government renamed the dam Lewisville Dam in 1955 and the lake Lewisville Reservoir in 1960. However, the decision to rename the lake was reversed the following year. Until the middle of the 1970s, the lake's official name was Garza-Little Elm Reservoir; it was later changed to Lewisville Lake.

Fishing In Lake Lewisville

White crappie and white bass are Lake Lewisville's most popular fish species. The most popular fish in Texas, the largemouth bass, is likewise well-liked in Lewisville but with slightly fewer populations than white bass and crappie. Anglers now have another open-water sport fish to choose from, thanks to the stocking of hybrid striped bass. Moreover, Lake Lewisville offers excellent fishing for both blue and channel catfish. 

Significant Developments Around Lake Lewisville

Aerial view of lakeside apartment complex with landfill trash hill in the background near Dallas, Texas
Aerial view of lakeside apartment complex with landfill trash hill in the background near Dallas, Texas. 

Eight three-story buildings with a Texas Hill Country design make up the new 364-unit multifamily neighborhood called Lakeyard District, which is situated on a 15.2-acre property in Lewisville, Texas. Accents made of stone, stucco, and wood are used on the structures. The complex has one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans. Each apartment has high ceilings, luxury cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances. A multi-level infinity pool with innovative water features, a 24-hour fitness facility with a yoga and spin studio, and more than three acres of planned outdoor space are just a few of the on-site amenities that are available at Lakeyard District. There are outdoor TV lounges, cabanas, hammocks, a fire pit, a dog park, and many cooking stations in the outside area.

Recreation In Lake Lewisville

Unidentified children in winter jacket playing along the sandy rocky shoreline of Lake Lewisville during winter.
Unidentified children in winter jacket playing along the sandy rocky shoreline of Lake Lewisville during winter. 

Since the lake is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, it may get incredibly busy during the summer. Recreational boating is very common, and local businesses offer boat trips and charters. Party Cove is popular with tourists seeking a rowdier atmosphere. The area on the lake where boats tie up to one another, enjoy music, and consume alcoholic beverages is situated in the middle of it, close to Westlake Park. Kevin VanDam won first place and a $100,000 prize money at Lewisville Lake's first major bass fishing competition in 2005. He also caught the lake record bass at the time, weighing 11 pounds 13 ounces (5.4 kg). The first Women's Bassmaster Tour competition took place in October 2005. Angler Kim Bain won the competition, taking home $51,000 in cash and prizes, and the Tour made a comeback in May 2006 and April 2008. A 2,600-acre natural reserve called Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) is located next to the lake. It is utilized for outdoor recreational pursuits, including hiking and camping.

Lewisville Lake provides many options for water recreation, including boating, fishing, jet-skiing, and swimming. Both locals and visitors to the region frequent it for recreation. Additionally, it serves as a significant economic harbor for the area, necessitating constant preservation and monitoring.

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