Eagle Mountain Lake

Eagle Mountain Lake is a reservoir in North Texas, formed by the damming the West Fork of the Trinity River. The reservoir sits below Lake Bridgeport reservoir and above Lake Worth reservoir.

Eagle Mountain Lake
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LocationTarrant / Wise counties, North Texas
Coordinates32°53′55.5″N 97°29′58.4″W / 32.898750°N 97.499556°W / 32.898750; -97.499556Coordinates: 32°53′55.5″N 97°29′58.4″W / 32.898750°N 97.499556°W / 32.898750; -97.499556
Primary outflowsLake Worth (Texas)
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area8,694 acres (3,518 ha)
Water volume179,880 acre⋅ft (221.88 hm3)
Surface elevation649 ft (198 m)
IslandsPelican Island
SettlementsFort Worth, Azle, Pelican Bay, Newark

HistoryEdit

The Texas State Board of Water Engineers granted a permit for constructing the dam that would form Eagle Mountain Lake on May 1, 1928. Construction of the dam that formed the reservoir began on January 23, 1930 and was completed on October 24, 1932. Water impoundment began on February 28, 1934. During World War II, the lake's eastern shore was the site of Marine Corps Air Station Eagle Mountain Lake, a military installation built to house the military's glider program. In 1965, the Tarrant Regional Water District voters approved a bond issue to allow the District to install improved controlled spillways. The new spillway was completed July 31, 1971.

TornadoEdit

On May 24, 2011, an EF0 tornado formed over Eagle Mountain Lake, causing damage along west of Boat Club Road downing some trees and damaging mobile homes.

RecreationEdit

Eagle Mountain Lake is used for boating, fishing and water sports such as sailing, wake boarding, water skiing, and kayaking. The reservoir area also has picnic areas, walking trails, campgrounds, and restaurants.

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