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#1 Carterville

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 06:04 PM

Does anyone know when and why Marine Creek Lake was created? It doesn't seem to be for water storage or power supply, and its size and lack of development on the shore seems to prevent the lake from being used for recreational purposes (with the exception of the speed boat event once a year).

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:21 PM

According to what I could find, Marine Creek Reservoir was constructed for flood control on Marine Creek.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:54 PM

That makes sense, especially considering how as the creek runs through the Far Northside, the land is rather low-lying along the banks.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:09 PM

Does anyone know when and why Marine Creek Lake was created? It doesn't seem to be for water storage or power supply, and its size and lack of development on the shore seems to prevent the lake from being used for recreational purposes (with the exception of the speed boat event once a year).


I found this description on a website:

"Marine Creek Dam is on Marine Creek in Tarrant County, Texas and is used for flood control purposes. Construction was completed in 1958. It has a normal surface area of 209 acres. It is owned by Tarrant Regional Water District.

Marine Creek Dam is of earthen construction. The core is earth. The foundation is rock, soil. Its height is 85 feet with a length of 3400 feet. Maximum discharge is 22336 cubic feet per second. Its capacity is 16491 acre feet. Normal storage is 3774 acre feet. It drains an area of 9.3 square miles."

There is fishing there, several Texas Parks and fishing-oriented websites have descriptions of what and where to fish, and the rules for accessing it (off at dark, etc.) The flood control function makes sense if you have ever ridden along Marine Creek downstream of the dam. The creek descends pretty steeply and directly into the Stockyards area. Any large rainfall into the catchment area before the dam was built would have caused a pretty healthy storm surge, especially considering how the channel narrows in the Exchange avenue area. I did find a reference to "Marine Creek Flood Project 1" and 2 in the "Way We Were" photo collection hosted on this greater website but could not find it in the photo description.




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