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LAKE PALO PINTO. Lake Palo Pinto is on Palo Pinto Creek in the Brazos River basin fifteen miles southwest of Mineral Wells in Palo Pinto County (at 32°38' N, 98°16' W). Construction of Palo Pinto Creek Dam, an earthfill dam ninety-six feet high designed by Freese, Nichols, and Endress, was started by the Longview Construction Company on March 21, 1963. Water storage began on April 16, 1964, and the dam was completed on November 13, 1965. The project, owned by the Palo Pinto Municipal Water District No. 1, impounds 34,250 acre-feet of water annually primarily for municipal and industrial use. The reservoir has a conservation storage capacity of 42,200 acre-feet and a surface area of 2,661 acres at the spillway crest elevation of 867 feet above mean sea level. The drainage area above the dam is 471 square miles.


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

"LAKE PALO PINTO," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.