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JACKSON LAKE. Jackson Lake is on Long Branch in the lower Brazos River basin two miles southwest of Golinda in northwestern Falls County (at 31°20' N, 97°05' W). The Vilbig Construction Company completed the dam in 1965 for the McLennan County Soil Conservation District for flood control purposes. The earthfill dam is 3,200 feet long and 43 feet high; its uncontrolled spillway is 400 feet wide. Although the lake has a normal capacity of slightly more than 600 acre-feet, it has a flood capacity of 3,646 acre-feet and a maximum discharge of 9,520 cubic feet per second. The lake is used for recreation as well as for flood control.


Inventory of Dams, Report No. WR0703, Water Rights and Uses Division, Dam and Flood Plain Safety Section, Texas Water Commission, Austin.


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

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