Lake Bob Sandlin

By: Laurie E. Jasinski

Type: General Entry

Published: December 2, 2004

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Lake Bob Sandlin is on Big Cypress Creek on the border of Titus and Camp counties about six miles southwest of Mount Pleasant and six miles northwest of Pittsburg. As early as the 1950s proponents advocated the construction of a reservoir on Big Cypress Creek to secure an adequate water supply for the region as well as attract industrial growth. On February 19, 1966, Titus County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1 was created, and local businessman and civic leader Bob Sandlin was named president. Texas Utilities Electric Company eventually signed on with the project, and property acquisition began in 1973. Construction of Fort Sherman Dam, named after the local historic site of Fort Sherman, began in 1974. The earthfill dam was built to a maximum height of 69 feet, a top width of 25 feet, and consisted of a total length of 10,800 feet. The lake was named in honor of its major proponent, and a formal dedication ceremony occurred on June 25, 1978. Impoundment for the 9,460-acre lake began, and the state-owned project cost a total of 32 million dollars. In addition to its function of water storage and industrial use, the reservoir has become known as a top bass-fishing lake for anglers. Lake Bob Sandlin State Park on the north shore in Titus County provides a recreational outlet for area residents and tourists.

C. L. Dowell and R. G. Petty, Engineering Data on Dams and Reservoirs in Texas (Texas Water Development Board Report 126 [3 pts., Austin, 1971–74]). Laurie E. Jasinski, "A History of Lake Bob Sandlin State Park" (unpublished report, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Cultural Resources Program, Austin, 2001).

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

Laurie E. Jasinski, “Lake Bob Sandlin,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 18, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 2, 2004