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LAKE QUITMAN. Lake Quitman and Wood County Dam No. 1 (at 35°52' N, 95°26' W) are in the Sabine River basin on Dry Creek, a tributary of the Lake Fork of the Sabine River, four miles north of Quitman in northwestern Wood County. 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, began on June 1, 1961, and was completed on June 1, 1962. Impoundment of water began May 15, 1962. The lake has a capacity of 7,440 acre-feet and a surface area of 814 acres at the service spillway crest elevation of 395 feet above mean sea level. The drainage area of Dry Creek above the dam is thirty-one 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 QUITMAN," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.