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SMITHERS LAKE. Smithers Lake is on Dry Creek in the Brazos River Basin ten miles southeast of Richmond in Fort Bend County. The project is owned and operated by the Houston Lighting and Power Company as the cooling-water supply for a steam-electric generating station. Construction was started on August 22, 1956, and was completed on July 1, 1957. Water had already been impounded in a small lake, and the date for beginning of impoundment in the new lake was October 15, 1957. The lake has a capacity of 18,000 acre-feet and a surface area of 2,140 acres, at an elevation of sixty-six feet above mean sea level. Runoff is supplemented by water purchased from the canal system of the Richmond Rice Association as needed to keep the lake elevation at normal level for the plant operation. The drainage area above the dam is 24.2 square miles.

Seth D. Breeding


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

Seth D. Breeding, "SMITHERS LAKE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.