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LAKE WAXAHACHIE. Lake Waxahachie, also known as Waxahachie Lake, is between U.S. highways 77 and 287 just south of Waxahachie in central Ellis County (at 32°20' N, 96°48' W). It is owned and operated by Ellis County Water Control and Improvement District Number One for municipal and industrial uses. The lake's drainage area is thirty-nine square miles, and its surface area is 645 acres. The lake was completed in 1956. It has a total storage capacity of 13,500 acre-feet, and its normal pool elevation is 531.5 feet. Lake Waxahachie is surrounded by rolling prairie with occasional steep slopes; the soils of the area include deep to shallow expansive clays and clay loams. Oak and juniper trees, as well as various grasses, grow in the area, which traditionally has served as range and crop land.


Guy Earl Harbeck, Reservoirs in the United States (Washington: GPO, 1966).


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

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