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LAKE J. B. THOMAS. Lake J. B. Thomas is on the county line in southeastern Borden and southwestern Scurry counties (at 32°35' N, 101°08' W). The lake was formed by the Colorado River Dam, completed in 1952. Lake J. B. Thomas has a surface area of 7,820 acres, a drainage area of 3,524 square miles, and a capacity of 203,600 acre-feet. The lake is used for boating, fishing, and other recreation, and it supplies water to nearby Big Spring, Odessa, and Snyder.


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


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

"LAKE J. B. THOMAS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 24, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.