sidebar menu icon


BAYLOR CREEK RESERVOIR. Baylor Creek Reservoir is on Baylor Creek in the Red River basin, ten miles northwest of Childress in western Childress County. The project is owned and operated by the city of Childress for municipal water supply and recreation. Construction of the earthfill dam was started on April 1, 1949, and completed in February 1950. Deliberate impoundment of water was begun in December 1949, and use of the water began in 1954. Lake Childress is adjacent to this reservoir, which has a capacity of 9,220 acre-feet and a surface area of 610 acres at the operating elevation of 2,010 feet above mean sea level. The drainage area above the dam is forty square miles.

C. L. Dowell, Dams and Reservoirs in Texas: History and Descriptive Information (Texas Water Commission Bulletin 6408 [Austin, 1964]).
Seth D. Breeding

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Seth D. Breeding, "Baylor Creek Reservoir," accessed November 23, 2017,

Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.