- Get Involved
SMITHERS LAKE. Smithers Lake is on Dry Creek in the Brazos River Basin ten miles southeast of Richmond in Fort Bend County. The project is owned and operated by the Houston Lighting and Power Company as the cooling-water supply for a steam-electric generating station. Construction was started on August 22, 1956, and was completed on July 1, 1957. Water had already been impounded in a small lake, and the date for beginning of impoundment in the new lake was October 15, 1957. The lake has a capacity of 18,000 acre-feet and a surface area of 2,140 acres, at an elevation of sixty-six feet above mean sea level. Runoff is supplemented by water purchased from the canal system of the Richmond Rice Association as needed to keep the lake elevation at normal level for the plant operation. The drainage area above the dam is 24.2 square miles.
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: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
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, "SMITHERS LAKE," accessed May 21, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ros12.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.