Lake Fun Facts
Officially named "Whitney Lake", the lake is more commonly known as "Lake Whitney".
- Originally authorized by U.S. Congress in 1941.
- Construction began in 1947 (delayed because of WW II), and was completed in 1951.
- Primary purpose then, and now, is flood control.
- Located in the Brazos River Basin, between Bosque and Hill counties.
- Operated by the Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District.
|Normal "Conservation Pool" Level
| Flood Pool Top
|| 571 feet
|Surface Acres, at normal elevation||23,500 (almost 37 square miles|
of clear, blue water)
|Capacity, at normal elevation||379,100 acre-feet|
| Surface Acres,|
at flood pool elevation
| Length|| 45 river miles|
| Width, maximum|| 4 miles|
| Depth, maximum|| 108 feet|
| Drainage area, above the dam|| 26,170 square miles |
|Photo courtesy TxDOT|
| Length|| 17,695 feet|
| Height|| 159 feet|
| Width, top|| 34 feet|
| Width, base|| 640 feet|
| Gates used to control discharge|| 16|
| Construction cost|| $42 million|
| Construction began in year
| Construction completed in year
| Construction cost || $2 million|
| Generating units || (2) 15,000 kilowatt|