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HORDS CREEK LAKE. Hords Creek Lake is on Hords Creek-part of the Colorado River basin-five miles northwest of Valera in western Coleman County (at 31°50' N, 99°34' W). The 6,800-foot-long earthfill dam, built by List and Clark Construction Company, was started in February 1947 and completed in June 1948; deliberate impoundment of water began in April 1948. The cost of the project was nearly $3 million. In 1967 the reservoir had a conservation capacity of 8,640 acre-feet and a surface area of 510 acres at an elevation of 1,900 feet above mean sea level. Capacity at the crest of the emergency spillway was 25,310 acre-feet. The drainage area above the dam was forty-eight square miles. The lake, which is jointly owned by the city of Coleman and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, is used for flood control and as a municipal water supply.


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]).

Seth D. Breeding


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

Seth D. Breeding, "HORDS CREEK LAKE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.