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LAKE HAWKINS. Lake Hawkins and Wood County Dam No. 3 are on Little Sandy Creek in the Sabine River basin three miles northwest of Hawkins in southeastern Wood County (at 35°37' N, 95°15' W). The project is owned and operated by Wood County for flood regulation and recreational purposes. Construction of the earthfill dam, which was designed by the engineering firm of Wisenbaker, Fix, and Associates and the firm of Freese and Nichols (see FREESE, SIMON W. and NICHOLS, MARVIN C.), began on June 9, 1961; the dam was completed on September 17, 1962. Impoundment of water began on August 1, 1962. The lake has a capacity of 11,890 acre-feet and a surface area of 776 acres at the service spillway crest elevation of 343.75 feet above mean sea level. A flood retardation surcharge capacity of 8,210 acre-feet is provided between the crests of the service spillway and the emergency spillway. The drainage area of Little Sandy Creek above the dam is thirty square miles.


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

Seth D. Breeding


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

Seth D. Breeding, "LAKE HAWKINS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.