Lake Texoma

Lake Texoma Information

Look at a map of the United States and look closely at the border between the states of Oklahoma and Texas. There you will see the Red River, and you will also see the 12th largest lake in the United States spanning that border in the area east of I-35 and west of I-75. That's Lake Texoma, aptly named after Texas and Oklahoma where it is located.

The Denison Dam Forming Lake Texoma

The Denison Dam created Lake Texoma as a reservoir to control flooding back in 1944, during World War II. The dam was a unique feat of engineering by the Army Corps of Engineers because it was, at the time, the largest rolled, earth-filled dam in the United States. That means it was not formed by pouring concrete, but by bulldozing dirt into an enormous, compacted embankment.

In addition to flood control, the Denison Dam was also designed to generate electricity. The first hydroelectric turbine began producing electricity 1945 and continues to operate regularly, depending on the lake level and energy consumption.

Lake Texoma also provides water for several north Texas communities connected to the North Texas Municipal Water District's pipelines. They have been in service since the 1980s, and now extend as far south as Wylie, Allen and Frisco in Texas.

Besides providing flood control, hydroelectric energy and municipal water supplies, Lake Texoma is a well-known recreation spot. Over six million visitors from all over the world come for fishing, boating, camping, hiking, hunting, 4-wheeling, bicycling, horseback riding, golfing and locating fossils of ancient sea creatures in its limestone cliffs every year. There is so much to do in and around Lake Texoma , it's a world-class recreational playground, conveniently located between Dallas and Oklahoma City.