CLEAR FORK OF THE TRINITY RIVER
CLEAR FORK OF THE TRINITY RIVER. The Clear Fork, one of four forks that form the Trinity River, rises two miles south of Gibtown in extreme southeastern Jack County (at 32°59' N, 97°55' W) and flows east for five miles, then turns southeast and flows down a straight valley for fifty-six miles to its mouth on the West Fork of the Trinity River, just south of Lake Benbrook in southwestern Tarrant County (at 32°46' N, 97°20' W). In its upper reaches the stream traverses flat to rolling terrain surfaced by deep, fine sandy loams that support hardwood forest, brush, and grasses. The terrain southeast of Weatherford Lake is variable and surfaced by shallow, stony, clay loams. For most of the area's history the land that surrounds the Clear Fork has been used as range and crop land. In 1956 the fork was dammed seven miles east of Weatherford to form Weatherford Lake. In 1949 it was dammed in Tarrant County to form Lake Benbrook, ten miles southwest of Fort Worth. Like Lake Weatherford, Lake Benbrook was constructed in part to control the seasonal flooding of the Clear Fork.