Lake Jacksonville

By: Tracy Don Sears

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: March 1, 1995

Lake Jacksonville is in the Neches River basin one-half mile southwest of Jacksonville in Cherokee County (centered at a point 31°55' N, 95°18' W). The city of Jacksonville began blocking up Gum Creek in February 1956 and completed the Lake Jacksonville dam in June 1959. The city owns the lake and uses it as a municipal water supply and recreational area.

The lake's capacity is normally 30,500 acre-feet, and its surface area at 422 feet above sea level is 1,320 acres. In emergencies the reservoir can be expanded to 46,500 acre-feet with a surface area of 1,760 acres. The lake has a drainage area of forty-one square miles. The soil around Lake Jacksonville is a sandy loam over red clay, and the area is wooded with mixed hardwood and pine trees.

Cherokee County History (Jacksonville, Texas: Cherokee County Historical Commission, 1986).

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

Tracy Don Sears, “Lake Jacksonville,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 21, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 1, 1995