Cedar Creek rises five miles north of Prairieville in east central Kaufman County (at 32°36' N, 96°07' W) and runs southeast into Van Zandt County ten miles east of Kaufman, then turns southwest to reenter Kaufman County. It runs for 35½ miles to its mouth on the Trinity River, a half mile south of Creslenn Ranch in central Henderson County (at 32°04' N, 96°07' W). In 1965 the stream was dammed a half mile south of Kemp to form Cedar Creek Reservoir in southeastern Kaufman and northern Henderson counties. The land surface drained by Cedar Creek is generally flat with locally shallow depressions and is surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses. The area has historically been used as range and crop land, though since the construction of Cedar Creek Reservoir, recreation has also become important.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
“Cedar Creek (Kaufman County),”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 29, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
Most Recent Revision Date:
December 1, 1994