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SAND LAKE (REEVES COUNTY)

SAND LAKE (Reeves County). Sand Lake, a playa, is two miles west of U.S. Highway 285 in central Reeves County (centered at 31°31' N, 103°36' W). The lake is surrounded by flat to gently sloping desert terrain of calichified bedrock, alluvial deposits of sand and gravel, and windblown sand. Reddish-brown to brown sands, clay loams and clays, and rough stony ground support scrub brush and grasses. Sand Lake is a large playa among many such lakes in Reeves County, covering an area of 1½ miles in length and ½ mile in width. Like other playas, Sand Lake gives evidence of undeveloped drainage in the area. It is fed by several small, unnamed, and immature draws. These normally dry stream beds pour rain water into the shallow depression after downpours, transforming it into a sheet of water. The playa shrinks and sometimes disappears through evaporation between rains. Except when they are salty, playas provide ground water for livestock. However, they are never dependable or long-term sources.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Frederick W. Rathjen, The Texas Panhandle Frontier (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1973).

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Handbook of Texas Online, "Sand Lake (Reeves County)," accessed August 27, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ros22.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.