Baylor Creek Reservoir

By: Seth D. Breeding

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: November 1, 1994

Baylor Creek Reservoir is on Baylor Creek in the Red River basin, ten miles northwest of Childress in western Childress County. The project is owned and operated by the city of Childress for municipal water supply and recreation. Construction of the earthfill dam was started on April 1, 1949, and completed in February 1950. Deliberate impoundment of water was begun in December 1949, and use of the water began in 1954. Lake Childress is adjacent to this reservoir, which has a capacity of 9,220 acre-feet and a surface area of 610 acres at the operating elevation of 2,010 feet above mean sea level. The drainage area above the dam is forty 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, “Baylor Creek Reservoir,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994