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LAKE DANIEL. Lake Daniel and Gonzales Creek Dam are on Gonzales (Gunsolus) Creek in the Brazos River basin seven miles south of Breckenridge in Stephens County. The project is owned by the city of Breckenridge and supplies water for municipal and industrial use. Construction of the earthfill dam began on December 15, 1947, and was completed on September 1, 1948; the lake was filled by June 1949. By March 1951 pumping equipment and a small diversion dam had been installed and were ready for use. The lake has a capacity of 9,515 acre-feet and a surface area of 924 acres at its operating-level elevation of 1,278 feet above mean sea level. The dam drains an area of 115 square miles.


C. L. Dowell, Dams and Reservoirs in Texas: History and Descriptive Information (Texas Water Commission Bulletin 6408 [Austin, 1964]).

Seth D. Breeding

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Seth D. Breeding, "LAKE DANIEL," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed December 01, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.