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Alvarado Park Lake


Alvarado Park Lake is formed by a dam on Turkey Creek, a tributary of Chambers Creek and the Trinity River, two miles southwest of Alvarado in central Johnson County (at 32°22' N, 97°13' W). The county-owned reservoir was built in 1966 by Jack P. McKinney for floodwater retention, municipal water storage, and recreation. The lake's drainage area is thirty-one square miles, and its capacity is 4,700 acre-feet. The dam is 3,500 feet long and forty-nine feet high and has a crest width of fourteen feet. The top of the dam has an elevation of 704.1 feet, and the normal water level is 691.8 feet.

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

Anonymous, “Alvarado Park Lake,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 30, 2020,

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