Alice Terminal Reservoir

By: Seth D. Breeding

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: November 1, 1994

Alice Terminal Reservoir, also known as Lake Alice, is on Chiltipin Creek in the Nueces-Rio Grande coastal basin three miles north of Alice in Jim Wells County (at 27°49' N, 98°03' W). Construction of the reservoir started on September 27, 1963, and was completed in 1965. The project is owned by the Alice Water Authority and is operated as a municipal water supply for the city of Alice. The lake is also used for recreation. Its water is obtained from Chiltipin Creek, supplemented by Nueces River water that is purchased by contract from the city of Corpus Christi. The reservoir has a normal capacity of 2,780 acre-feet and surface area of 700 acres; its maximum capacity is 7,316 acre-feet. An intake structure and a pumping plant were built at Lake Corpus Christi to deliver purchased water through 20.4 miles of pipeline. The drainage area to the reservoir is some 157 square miles.

C. L. Dowell, Dams and Reservoirs in Texas: History and Descriptive Information (Texas Water Commission Bulletin 6408 [Austin, 1964]).

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

Seth D. Breeding, “Alice Terminal Reservoir,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 16, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994