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MUDDY CREEK (Collin County). Muddy Creek rises one mile northwest of Wylie in southern Collin County (at 33°05' N, 96°37' W). Settlers named the creek Muddy because its valley was a swamp for many years. The construction of Muddy Creek Reservoir two miles east of Wylie in the late 1950s ended the seasonal flooding that produced the swamp. Intermittent in its upper reaches, Muddy Creek takes a generally southerly course for 13½ miles, passing under Farm roads 2551 and 1378, State Highway 78, and the tracks of the St. Louis and Southwestern Railway. The stream passes through a gently rolling area characterized by deep, clayey soils. Until the late 1960s Muddy Creek emptied into Rowlett Creek three miles northwest of Barnes Bridge in the northeastern part of Dallas County. Since the construction of Lake Ray B. Hubbard Muddy Creek empties into the reservoir (at 32°52' N, 96°32' W).


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

"MUDDY CREEK (COLLIN COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 10, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.