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Lake Tawakoni is located on the Sabine River in Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt counties. A permit for project construction was issued to Forrest and Cotton by the State Board of Water Engineers on December 20, 1955. Land acquisition was initiated in 1956 and completed in October 1960. Construction on the earth filled Iron Bridge Dam and concrete spillway began in January 1958 and was completed in October 1960. The water supply project is owned an operated by the Sabine River Authority and was funded through a water supply agreement with the City of Dallas to provide water for municipal and industrial purposes. The lake has a capacity of 936,200 acre-feet and a surface area of 36,700 acres. Crest elevation is 437.5 feet above mean sea level. The maximum depth is 70 feet. The 200-mile-long shoreline makes its way through Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt counties.
Located some 50 miles east of Dallas and 12 miles south of Greenville, the reservoir's primary purpose is to provide water for the surrounding communities and the City of Dallas. In addition, the lake provides water-oriented recreation for much of central and northeast Texas. Fishing is the primary recreational sport with catfish being the lake specialty. West Tawakoni, located at the west end of the 2-mile Bridge, was awarded the distinction of being the Catfish Capital of Texas by the Texas State Legislature in 2001. In 1995, The Texas Legislature declared Wills Point the Bluebird Capital of Texas.
The lake has many parks and marinas including Lake Tawakoni State Park which is a 376.3-acre park in Hunt County with 5.2 miles of shoreline along the south-central shore of the main body of the reservoir.