Z-Nugget *What is Possum Kingdom?*
For centuries the raging Brazos River has cut its way through the Palo Pinto Mountains. In the 1940's the river was dammed up to form a huge lake nestled within the dramatic North Texas hill country. The natural views are absolutely spectacular! Our lake is one of the clearest lakes in all of Texas. As a result we are a favorite spot for inland scuba diving and boating. Year around activities include fishing, camping, hiking, golf, mountain bikes and horseback riding. Our lake is only a short drive from Dallas, Ft. Worth, Wichita Falls and Abilene, Texas.
Possum Kingdom Lake is a favorite spot for boating, skiing, fishing, scuba diving and swimming.
The dam at Possum Kingdom Lake, was built across the Brazos River in Palo Pinto County in the same area where Oliver Loving lived in the 1800's (one of the characters in the movie Lonesome Dove) Rumor has it, that it took only a few months to get full, after heavy spring rains, submerged some of the equipment used to build Possum Kingdom Lake. The lake pool elevation is 1000 feet. The Dam at Possum Kingdom Lake is about 2000 feet long and as high as a 19 story building. Hydroelectric power is produced by generators that are located below the dam.
Possum Kingdom Lake covers approx. 310 miles of shoreline which includes sandy beaches, rock cliffs and mountains. McAdams Peak is the highest point in North Central Texas.
Lake Characteristics Location:
On the Brazos River in Palo Pinto and Young counties, 75 miles west of Fort Worth off Texas Highway 16.
Surface area: 17,624 acres
Maximum depth: 145 feet (avg. 37)
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,000 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderately high
Normal Clarity: Clear
Emergent rushes can be found in the mid- to upper part of the reservoir at 2-3-foot depths. Submerged vegetation is found throughout the lake in late summer and fall.
Predominant Fish Species
Striped & white bass
Channel & blue catfish
Current Fishing Report
A complimentary map of Possum Kingdom is available at the project supervisor's office (940) 779-2321 or from the BRA public information office at email@example.com
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